Criticisms of Wednesday's U.S. Supreme Court decision, McCutcheon vs. FEC, removing the overall limit on individual donations to political campaigns, have been overblown. The decision will not bring about the end of democracy in America, as some have claimed. In some minor ways, it may actually benefit U.S. political institutions.
Americans tend to be ambivalent about campaign finance laws because these laws represent a clash of two different values they hold – freedom and equality. We believe we should be free to say what we want, especially in regard to politics. We also do not like the idea of some people having more influence in politics than others. We believe all should have an equal voice in politics.
Campaign finance laws are attempts to prevent some, the wealthy in particular, from having more influence in politics than everyone else. To do that, though, these laws infringe upon freedom. They place limits, or try to at least, on spending money in elections. more >>
Politically conservative Catholics and Evangelicals may have played an important role in the surprising victory of Republican David Jolly over Democrat Alex Sink in Florida's Tuesday special election to fill the U.S. House seat for the state's district 13.
Volunteers for the Faith and Freedom Coalition, a nonprofit group that focuses on mobilizing politically conservative Christians in elections, visited 5,000 homes, made 10,000 phone calls, sent 22,000 pieces of mail, distributed 25,000 voter guides at churches, and sent electronic voter guides through social media, email and text messaging that was viewed 403,929 times, according to an FFC press release.
Jolly won narrowly, 48.5 to 46.7 percent, in a race that national Democrats had earlier touted as an easy win. Though the district has not been held by a Democrat since the 1980s, it was widely believed to be moving in the Democrat's direction, just as the surrounding Tampa-area districts have done. In 2008 and 2012, a majority of the district voted for Barack Obama for president, and in 2010 a majority of the district voted for Sink when she ran for governor. more >>
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Gov. Mike Huckabee only had 10 minutes to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference, but in that time he described what could be a full platform for the 2016 presidential race.
His 10-minute CPAC speech tackled every issue one would expect from a Republican presidential candidate: healthcare, foreign policy, tax policy, abortion, Israel, parental rights, gun rights, religious liberty and the NSA, IRS and Benghazi scandals.
He also spoke about God. more >>
A San Diego council member has become the first openly gay Republican to include his same-sex partner in a campaign advertisement.
Carl DeMaio, who is currently attempting to win the Republican primary, and challenge Democrat Rep. Scott Peters, has featured footage of his partner, Johnathan Hale, and himself at a pride parade in 2012 in a campaign spot that was released on Thursday.
GOP campaign officials and Elizabeth Wilner, who tracks campaign ads for the nonpartisan firm Kantar Media, told The Wall Street Journal that to their knowledge this was the first political advertisement from either party which included a politician's gay partner. more >>
Hopes that "Duck Dynasty" fans may have had in seeing the show head to Washington have been dashed after Alan Robertson said that his father Phil Robertson had no interest in running for Congress.
After a poll released earlier this week suggested that the Duck Commander founder could be a formidable competitor against current Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), his son quickly shot down any speculation that his father, 67, would be willing to run.
"While Phil is humbled and honored that so many fellow Louisianans have confidence in him, he has no interest in running for public office," Alan told The Hill in an email. "He is interested in helping the electorate know more about the gospel of Christ, so they, in turn, can elect more godly men and women to serve and lead our great country." more >>
The Republican National Convention pitched a rainbow coalition of 32 potential candidates for the 2016 GOP presidential nominee to supporters online Wednesday. Early reactions indicate there might be a difficult path to selecting the top contenders.
While appearing to address longstanding criticisms of the Party's lack of diversity, the list posted on the RNC's Facebook page Wednesday doesn't divert much from its familiar faces.
There are five females including: Kelly Ayotte, New Hampshire Senator; Nikki Haley, South Carolina Governor; Susana Martinez, New Mexico Governor; Sarah Palin, former Governor of Alaska and Condoleeza Rice, former U.S. Secretary of State. more >>