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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Campaign Contribution Limits: Selected Questions About McCutcheon and Policy Issues for Congress

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43334.pdf

Offers an analysis of major policy issues and possible Congressional responses to the Supreme Court’s April 2014 McCutcheon decision which struck down aggregate limits on campaign contributions.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

http://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/12-536

 

5-4 Supreme Court decision that strikes down total campaign contribution limits on individuals during a two year election cycle.  Individuals had been limited to a total of $48,600 in direct contributions to candidates, plus $74,600 to political parties and committees. Individual giving is still restricted to $2,600 per candidate for both primary and general elections.  From the Cornell University Law School Legal Information Institute

 

Prospects for Afghanistan as ISAF Withdrawal Approaches

Categories: Afghanistan,Asia,Civil/Human Rights,Defense/Military,Elections/Campaigns,Great Britain,NATO,Terrorism,Women

http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/rp14-18.pdf

Takes a pessimistic view of prospects for Afghanistan as western military forces prepare to withdraw due to weaknesses of Afghan government and national security forces.  House of Commons Library Research Paper 14/18.

 

Social Media and Big Data

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Great Britain,Homeland Security,Privacy,Science/Technology,Statistics

http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/POST-PN-460.pdf

Examines the application of “big data” approaches to social media in three key areas: elections and polling, commercial applications, and security.  Also discusses the regulation of social media data and privacy concerns.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

 

The State of Campaign Finance Policy: Recent Developments and Issues for Congress

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

http://mspbwatcharchive.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/20140109_the-state-of-campaign-finance-policy-recent-developments-and-issues-for-congress.pdf

Discusses legislative responses since the Supreme Court’s campaign finance decision in Citizens United v. FEC in 2010.  Also discusses the development of modern campaign finance law. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Merit Systems Protection Board

 

The Taliban’s View of the 2014 Elections

Categories: Afghanistan,Elections/Campaigns,Terrorism

http://www.usip.org/sites/default/files/PB165-The_Talibans_View_of_the_2014_Elections.pdf

Argues that the Taliban rejects the legitimacy of the April 2014 elections, plots to disrupt them in any way possible, but follows the electoral contest closely.  From the United States Institute of Peace

 

The American Voting Experience: Report and Recommendations of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Headlines

https://www.supportthevoter.gov/files/2014/01/Amer-Voting-Exper-final-draft-01-09-14-508.pdf

Calls for modernizing the registration process through expanded use of online registration, expanding the period for voting before the traditional Election day, and improvements in voting technology.     From the Presidential Commission on Election Administration

 

Virginia’s Ethics Rules for Public Officials: The Need for Reform

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Religion/Ethics,Virginia Issues

http://www.coopercenter.org/sites/default/files/publications/Virginia%20News%20Letter%202014%20Vol.%2090%20No%201.pdf

Provides an overview of current ethics laws in Virginia especially the need for limits on gifts to elected officials and family and disclosure of those gifts, limits on how campaign contributions can be used, need for an independent ethics commission, and the lack of limits on campaign contributions.  From the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia

 

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