campaign finance

7:04 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Chart: How Much Did Louisville Council District 9 Candidates Raise Per Vote?

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There's rarely any polling in Metro Council races, so the speculation about who will win is usually based on name recognition and fundraising.

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5:44 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Republican Donors Set to Benefit Most from SCOTUS Removing Overall Campaign Gift Limits


Republican donors are set to be the chief beneficiaries of a Supreme Court ruling that eliminates overall campaign contribution limits.

The justices sided with the plaintiff, Alabama businessman Shaun McCutcheon, in a 5-4 decision that ruled government regulations on aggregate donations violate a donor's free speech rights.

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3:32 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Mitch McConnell ‘Extraordinarily Helpful’ in SCOTUS Ruling Eliminating Overall Campaign Gift Limits

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Republican Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky was "extraordinarily helpful" in the Supreme Court case overturning overall campaign gift limits, according to the lead attorney for the plaintiff in the groundbreaking case, which is likely to pour even more money into U.S. elections.

In a 5-4 decision Wednesday, the high court found that government regulations on aggregate contributions violate the First Amendment rights of donors.

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8:00 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Mitch McConnell Renews Crusade Against Campaign Gift Limits in 'Citizens United II' Case

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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.

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.

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8:40 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Congressman John Yarmuth Proposes Fair Elections Now Act

Congressman John Yarmuth
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Congressman John Yarmuth, D-Ky., has introduced a bill that seeks to diminish the influence of special interest groups.

The Fair Elections Now Act—or FENA —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.

Yarmuth says the legislation would enable more diverse candidates who are funded by small donations to compete in federal elections.

"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.

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4:18 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

"Citizens United Two" Ruling Won't Change Kentucky Laws

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overrule a Montana campaign finance law is likely to boost the rise of super PACs in Kentucky.

The Montana law limited the amount of money independent groups could spend on campaigns. But the high court says the 2010 Citizens United decision overrules state laws. The ruling doesn’t affect any laws in Kentucky. But state election officials have changed regulations to accommodate Citizens United. 

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