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Information & Analysis

Franken answer in contest and lawyers group responds to DFL complaint

The Franken campaign has filed its answer and counterclaims (17MB document) in the election suit brought by Norm Coleman after yesterday filing a motion to dismiss the suit.  In other news, the Republican lawyers group that the Minnesota DFL party accused of illegally contributing to Norm Coleman's recount fund says it has not done so.  Though fundraising letters have referred to the race, the group says the money it raises is not spent in coordination with the Coleman team but rather on communications with the press and the public about the race.  See the Minnesota Post story here.

Commentary

Edward B. Foley

Of Bouncing Balls and a Big Blue Shift

Edward B. Foley

It is a fortuitous coincidence that the University of Virginia’s Journal of Law & Politics has just published a piece of mine that shows the relevance of the current vote-counting process in Virginia’s Attorney General election to what might happen if the 2016 presidential election turns on a similar vote-counting process in Virginia. 

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In the News

Daniel P. Tokaji

Ohio treasurer receives OK to host town halls

Professor Daniel Tokaji was quoted in an article from the Associated Press about an attorney general opinion that allows the Ohio treasurer to conduct telephone town halls using public money. The opinion will likely have broad ramifications for the upcoming elections, Tokaji said.

“As a practical matter, while that legal advice is certainly right, very serious concerns can arise about whether these are really intended to inform Ohio constituents about the operations of his office or if they’re campaign events,” he said.

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Info & Analysis

U.S. Supreme Court strikes down aggregate campaign contribution cap

The U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion today in McCutcheon v. FEC, striking down aggregate limits on political campaign contributions but leaving in place limits on contributions to individual candidates.

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