Neil Reiff was quoted in a Mother Jones article discussing the latest developments in campaign finance and election law cases. The article explains that after waves of cases that led to the rise of SuperPACs and deregulated campaign finance laws, including Citizens United v. FEC, a new wave of decisions has begun to limit and even roll back their impact. It’s here that Mr. Reiff tells Mother Jones: “The free speech crew’s winning streak has hit a bump in the road.”
Campaigns and Elections magazine is up with a new round table-style article today, reflecting on Citizens United and the “new world of money and politics,” featuring Neil Reiff. He discusses the impact of the SpeechNow.org case, the permeation of Super PACs into Senate and House races, the impact of BCRA on state and local parties, and more.
He was one of five election lawyers to be featured in the article, along with Mark Elias of Perkins Coie, former FEC Chair Robert Lenhard (now at Covington and Burling), former FEC Chairman Michael Toner (now at Wiley Rein), and Jason Torchinsky of Holtzman Vogel.
Joseph Sandler spoke on Digital Politics Radio as an expert on FEC matters. Digital Politics Radio is a weekly web radio show produced by the E-Voter Institute, a nonpartisan organization focused on encouraging the use of online resources in political and advocacy campaigns. Mr. Sandler was interviewed by Karen Jagoda, President of the E-Voter Institute. Mr. Sandler and Ms. Jagoda discussed the rise of Super PACs and 501(c)4 organizations since the Supreme Court’s Citizen’s United decision. They further discussed the role of independent expenditure organizations, issues surrounding online ads and fundraising and the rise of mobile politics.
For the full interview, please visit the E-Voter Institute website here.
On March 28, Neil Reiff appeared on a panel sponsored by the George Washington University Law School Election Law Society. The panel included GW Law Professor Spencer Overton, Leslie Rutledge, counsel from the Republican National Committee, as well as prominent campaign finance attorney Craig Engle, from Arent Fox, LLC. Panelists discussed current and future trends in campaign finance law.
Joe Sandler also spoke recently about the impact of the Citizens United decision and other recent developments on the financing of the 2010 elections, and the prospects for the future. The panel, which also included Charlie Spies of Clark Hill PLC, Martha McKenna, former political director of the DSCC, Gentry Collins, former political director at the RNC and recent candidate for RNC chairman, was sponsored by the Election Law Society of Georgetown University.
Joe Sandler spoke at the American Constitution Society’s panel, “Citizens United v FEC: The Decision, Its Implications, and the Road Ahead.” In his opening statement, Mr. Sandler spoke primarily about the constraints still in place on political committees, especially with regard to express advocacy. He also emphasized that the role of political parties will not be miniized, because of their ability to coordinate.
The full panel was moderated by William P. Marshall, Visiting Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School and also included:
William Rand Kenan, Jr. of UNC Chapel Hill School of Law Jan W. Baran, Partner, Wiley Rein LLP Laurence E. Gold, Of Counsel, Lichtman, Trister & Ross, PLLC; Associate General Counsel, AFL-CIO James S. Portnoy, Chief Counsel, Corporate & Government Affairs at Kraft Foods Monica Youn, Counsel, Brennan Center for Justice, NYU School of Law.
Mr. Sandler spoke to USA Today in the wake of the long-awaited Supreme Court ruling in the matter of Citizens United vs. FEC about the implications that the decision would have in terms of partisan advantage. Mr. Sandler told Fredreka Schouten and Joan Biskupic that “the ruling created no partisan advantage because it frees Democrat-allied unions to tap their treasuries.” Read the full article here.
Mr. Sandler also told Newser, “They’re going to be getting hammered much closer to Election Day on the air. That will make it tougher to cast tough votes,” about the potential for a proliferation of negative campaign ads aimed to coerce legislators into voting for or against a certain issue.
Sandler told Hotline reporter Reid Wilson that if, as expected, the decision opens the floodgates to more issue ads, the new ads will likely put even more pressure on incumbents seeking re-election. Said Sandler, “You will see more sharp-edged, candidate-specific ads on the air closer to the election. That could make it more difficult for incumbents to take tough votes in an election year.” Read the full article here.
Neil Reiff will speak at the Marshall Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary on the impact of the Citizens United decision on the 2010 elections. The event, sponsored by the William and Mary Election Law Society, will be held on November 17, 2010
In “Beware the Fortunetellers” Mr. Sandler and Mr. Reiff discuss the fallout of last week’s Supreme Court ruling on Citizens United v. FEC. The authors argue that although the ruling will have vast implications for the future of campaign finance, that future is not as written in stone as many pundits would have the general public believe.