campaign finance http://wfpl.org en Chart: How Much Did Louisville Council District 9 Candidates Raise Per Vote? http://wfpl.org/post/chart-how-much-did-louisville-council-district-9-candidates-raise-vote <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There's rarely any polling in Metro Council races, so the speculation about who will win is usually based on name recognition and fundraising.</span></p> Wed, 21 May 2014 11:04:10 +0000 Gabe Bullard 9392 at http://wfpl.org Chart: How Much Did Louisville Council District 9 Candidates Raise Per Vote? Republican Donors Set to Benefit Most from SCOTUS Removing Overall Campaign Gift Limits http://wfpl.org/post/republican-donors-set-benefit-most-scotus-removing-overall-campaign-gift-limits <p>Republican donors are set to be the chief beneficiaries of a Supreme Court ruling that eliminates overall campaign contribution limits.</p><p>The justices sided with the plaintiff, Alabama businessman Shaun McCutcheon, in a <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/supreme-court-strikes-down-overall-limits-political-contributions">5-4 decision</a> that ruled government regulations on aggregate donations violate a donor's free speech rights.</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 21:44:05 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9057 at http://wfpl.org Republican Donors Set to Benefit Most from SCOTUS Removing Overall Campaign Gift Limits Mitch McConnell ‘Extraordinarily Helpful’ in SCOTUS Ruling Eliminating Overall Campaign Gift Limits http://wfpl.org/post/mitch-mcconnell-extraordinarily-helpful-scotus-ruling-eliminating-overall-campaign-gift-limits <p>Republican Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky was "extraordinarily helpful" in the Supreme Court case overturning overall campaign gift limits,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">according to the lead attorney for the plaintiff in the groundbreaking case, which is likely to pour even more money into U.S. elections.</span></p><p>In a <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/supreme-court-strikes-down-overall-limits-political-contributions">5-4 decision</a> Wednesday, the high court found that government regulations on aggregate contributions violate the First Amendment rights of donors.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 19:32:32 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9045 at http://wfpl.org Mitch McConnell ‘Extraordinarily Helpful’ in SCOTUS Ruling Eliminating Overall Campaign Gift Limits Mitch McConnell Renews Crusade Against Campaign Gift Limits in 'Citizens United II' Case http://wfpl.org/post/mitch-mcconnell-renews-crusade-against-campaign-gift-limits-citizens-united-ii-case <p></p><p>Attorneys representing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., will make oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court this week to scrap another set of limits on how much individuals can donate to political campaigns.</p><p>It is a case that could have serious ramifications on U.S. elections and possibly increase the amount of money spent on federal races in a way the controversial Citizens United decision did.</p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 7118 at http://wfpl.org Mitch McConnell Renews Crusade Against Campaign Gift Limits in 'Citizens United II' Case Congressman John Yarmuth Proposes Fair Elections Now Act http://wfpl.org/post/congressman-john-yarmuth-proposes-fair-elections-now-act <p>Congressman John Yarmuth, D-Ky., has introduced a bill that seeks to diminish the influence of special interest groups.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr269/text">Fair Elections Now Act—or FENA</a> —would create a public financing system for congressional races by providing a 5-to-1 federal match of contributions smaller than $100. In order to qualify, candidates would have to raise $50,000 through those small, in-state contributions.</p><p>Yarmuth says the legislation would enable more diverse candidates who are funded by small donations to compete in federal elections.</p><p>"The American people have ample evidence of the unfortunate influence of money on politics and policy. And FENA is an attempt to allow people to run for office and not be dependent upon big donors and therefore be primarily answerable to citizens and not to special interests," he says.</p><p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 13:40:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 3789 at http://wfpl.org Congressman John Yarmuth Proposes Fair Elections Now Act "Citizens United Two" Ruling Won't Change Kentucky Laws http://wfpl.org/post/citizens-united-two-ruling-wont-change-kentucky-laws <p>The U.S. Supreme Court&#39;s decision <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2012/06/25/155707295/supreme-court-says-montana-cannot-ignore-citizens-united-ruling">to overrule a Montana campaign finance law</a> is likely to boost the rise of super PACs in Kentucky.</p> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 20:18:03 +0000 Kenny Colston 782 at http://wfpl.org