The consensus reports for the Money in Politics Review and Update were due February 1, 2016. Congratulations to the local Leagues in Massachusetts who participated in this important study!
Money in Politics Review and Update Timeline
- October 2015-February 1, 2016: Leagues hold consensus meetings.
- February 1, 2016: Consensus reports (electronic) from Leagues due to LWVUS.
- April 2016: LWVUS Board meeting – consensus reports and resulting position(s), if any, approved.
LWVUS has set up a Money in Politics Google Group, and you can link to and join this group from here.
Consensus Questions for Money in Politics Review and Update
Background Materials for Money in Politics Review and Update
- Background (2 pages)
- Introduction and Overview (5 pages)
First Amendment Topics
- Shifts in Supreme Court Opinion about Money in Politics (6 pages)
- The First Amendment (as it pertains to campaign finance; 5 pages)
- The Role of the Supreme Court in Interpreting the Constitution (4 pages)
- The Debate: Can Government Regulate Money in Politics? (2 pages)
- Corruption and Rationales for Regulating Campaign Finance (5 pages)
Current Status of Campaign Finance
- The New Soft Money by Daniel P. Tokaji & Renata E. B. Strause (e-book)
Professor Daniel P. Tokaji & Renata E. B. Strause have authored an e-book entitled The New Soft Money and with their permission, we have linked to a copy. The entire book is well worth reading. Sections of Chapter 1 including The New Rules of the Game, pp.17-23 and The Players, pp.23-27 cover the issue of coordination and are of particular interest to Leagues as we examine the current system of campaign finance reform. (113 pages)
- Hard, Soft, and Dark Money (5 pages)
- Independent Expenditures (8 pages)
- Options to Reform Money in Politics (3 pages)
- Evidence of Spending’s Impacts on Electoral and Legislative Outcomes (5 pages)
- Enforcement Of Federal Campaign Finance Law (6 pages)
- Campaign Finance Activity and Reform in the States (8 pages)
- History of Campaign Finance Chart
- Definitions for Money in Politics Terms
- Money in Politics: Developing a Common Understanding of the Issues–A Primer for Engagement of League Members and Fellow Citizens
Materials for Local League Participation
- Money in Politics (MIP) Powerpoint Presentation and Script
Meeting-ready overview of money in politics issues for Leagues to use in meetings for members and the community. Includes a powerpoint (ppt) and pdf versions, and tips for presenters.
- LWVUS Money in Politics (MIP) Review Meetings in a Box: Education Resources and Suggested Uses
Ready-to-use resources and strategies to help understand the current system of campaign finance regulation. These materials are intended to engage members and the general citizenry on MIP issues as they are evidenced nationally and in states and communities.
- Newsletter Article 1: Money and Politics Suggested Readings
- Newsletter Article 2: Money and Politics More Suggested Readings
- For information and assistance on participating in these studies contact the LWVMA Studies Steering Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Editable flyer to announce MIP meetings from LWV Marblehead
- LWV Marblehead is providing a series of “briefs” to warm members up for the studies, and they are happy to share. Contact Kathy Leonardson.