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Begich outlines campaign finance proposals

JUNEAU - U.S. Sen. Mark Begich on Friday proposed changes to federal campaign finance laws, including requiring the top three contributors to candidates or third-party groups be identified in ads.In laying out his...
Press should defend Citizens United, 1st Amendment

...speech across mediums including books if any of the funding came from corporations.The McCain-Feingold campaign finance law being challenged only banned corporate spending for electioneering activity on "broadcast, cable and satellite...
Senate candidates weigh in on outside money

...would have, whether they would refuse backing from outside groups and what they'd do as a senator to address campaign finance laws. Their responses have been edited for length.Sen. Mark Begich, first-term incumbent: "Independent, individual...
Outside editorial: Self-interest trumps democracy

...Why the opposition? It's because GOP candidates are benefiting disproportionately from the current mess of campaign finance laws in the post-Citizens United era. Independent spending has already doubled from two years ago, and the majority goes...
Outside editorial: Crack down on groups that dodge sunlight, taxes

...Conservatives like Inhofe are no longer as concerned with 501(c)4s. After the 2002 McCain-Feingold campaign finance law limited direct contributions (hard money) to political parties, political activists developed the concept of "soft...
Gubernatorial race may attract national money

...Association exists to support Republican candidates for governor and spends money in accordance with state campaign finance laws," said spokesman Rob Van Raaphorst. "Historically, we spent money in Alaska, but we evaluate each race based on...
Engstrom files as exempt, but says he's a serious candidate

...Commission, the government entity that regulates campaign finance laws. Candidates who operate under the exempt status are still subject to campaign finance laws, including restrictions on contributions from corporations...
Campaign violations may prompt rule change

...or campaigns in producing the ads, considered them legal "independent expenditures." Under the state's campaign finance law, an "independent expenditure" is one made without directly or indirectly consulting or cooperating with the candidate...
Anti-abortion group protests phone limits

...unconstitutional restrictions on the group's free speech rights. The Alaska law is far more restrictive than federal campaign finance law, which the U.S. Supreme Court upheld in 2003, Bopp said. For nonprofit interest organizations such as Right to...
Measure seeks to cut campaign donations

...may be unconstitutional, Ruedrich said. A June ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Vermont's campaign finance law for being too restrictive for candidates. Vermont laws, which were said to be the strictest in the nation, limited...


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