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Earl Gregg Swem Library

McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Latin America and the Caribbean: Fact Sheet on Leaders and Elections

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Latin America

Provides the results of recent elections in Latin America and the Caribbean, the names of the newly elected president or prime minister, and the dates of the next election.   From the Congressional Research Service, posted by


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