Category: Socialist Workers Party

Apr 26 2013

Law Blog Covers FEC Decision to Extend Socialist Workers Party Exemption from Campaign Reporting

Source: Ballot Access News

The BLT (Blog of Legal Times) has this story about the April 25 decision of the Federal Election Commission to continue in force the exemption for the Socialist Workers Party from campaign finance disclosure.

Also, here is a story from the Wall Street Journal.

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Apr 25 2013

Socialist Workers Party Wins an Extension of its Exemption from Disclosure through 2016

Source: Ballot Access News

On April 25, the Federal Election Commission extended the exemption from campaign disclosure requirements for the Socialist Workers Party. The exemption was extended through December 31, 2016. See the finding here. The SWP has been exempt from reporting its federal campaign contributors, and its expenditures, since it won a case in the U.S. Supreme Court in 1982. Read more »

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Mar 25 2013

New York Bill, Mandating an Easier-to-Read Ballot, Moves Ahead

Source: Ballot Access News

On February 21, New York Assembly bill 204, the “ballot-friendly act”, was placed on third reading in the Assembly. It had passed the Assembly Election Law Committee on February 12. It requires that the names of candidates be in type that is no smaller than Font size 12 (one-sixth of one inch). It also says the names of all candidates for the same office shall appear in the same column or row, unless no alternative is Read more »

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Mar 11 2013

FEC Won’t Decide on Further Extension for Socialist Workers Party Exemption Request Until April 25

Source: Ballot Access News

The Federal Election Commission will not decide until April 25 whether to extend the Socialist Workers Party’s exemption for campaign disclosure. If the FEC does grant a further extension, it will almost certainly be for three more years. Other parties over the years that have received exemptions from disclosure rules (not just federal exemption, but exemption from state and local requirements) are the Communist Party, Read more »

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Mar 07 2013

Los Angeles Mayoral Election Turnout is Below 20% of Registered Voters

Source: Ballot Access News

Los Angeles elected a new mayor, and members of the city council, on March 5. This Los Angeles Times story says even after all the ballots are counted, turnout will be under 20% of the registered voters. Los Angeles, like all cities in California, uses non-partisan elections.

The results, as of the morning of March 7, are: Eric Garcetti 93,978; Wendy Greuel Read more »

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Feb 27 2013

Three Third Party Candidates Running In Special Congressional Election in Illinois

Source: Independent Political Report

On February 26th, the Democratic and Republican primaries for the special congressional election to replace disgraced former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. were held. Robin Kelly won the Democratic primary with 51% of the vote, while Republican Paul McKinley held a 23 vote lead in a race still uncalled. The district is heavily black and Democratic, and the Democratic nominee is all but assured of victory in the general election. Read more »

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Feb 16 2013

FEC Will Soon Decide Whether the Socialist Workers Party May Continue to be Exempt from Campaign Reporting

Source: Ballot Access News

On February 14, the Federal Election Commission held a public discussion on whether to extend the campaign finance reporting exemption for the Socialist Workers Party. Apparently the Commission has not come to a conclusion. Here is a link to two proposed determinations, prepared by staff for the Commissioners.

Draft “A” is 21 pages and grants the exemption. Draft “B” is 23 pages and denies the Read more »

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Feb 09 2013

Federal Election Commission Will Consider Extending Socialist Workers Party Exemption from Campaign Reporting on February 14

Source: Ballot Access News

The Federal Election Commission meets on February 14, and will consider the Socialist Workers Party’s request to extend its exemption from having to report its campaign contributors and expenditures at that meeting. The SWP won an exemption in 1974 but it expired on December 31, 2012. The basis for the party’s having been exempt during the last 28 years was that the party demonstrated that individuals identified as members or supporters of the party, in the past, were in Read more »

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Jan 02 2013

Florida Legislative Session Likely to Focus on Election Law Changes

Source: Ballot Access News

According to this story, Florida legislative leaders now acknowledge problems with HB 1355, the 2011 bill that altered many Florida election laws, and expect to revise it. Criticism in Florida has focused on very long lines at the polling places. HB 1355 also added a restriction that parties not recognized as national committees must submit over 100,000 signatures to be on the ballot for President, a law that the Secretary of State has not enforced generally because the Secretary has no official knowledge of Read more »

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Jan 01 2013

Presidential Vote Totals

Source: Ballot Access News

Because New York State released its official November 2012 vote tally, the presidential results are virtually complete. Totals appear to be: Barack Obama 65,899,557; Mitt Romney 60,931,959; Gary Johnson 1,275,559; Jill Stein 466,877; Virgil Goode 122,106; Roseanne Barr 67,349; Rocky Anderson 42,518; Tom Hoefling 40,113; Randall Terry 13,104; Richard Duncan 12,543; Peta Lindsay and her stand-in Gloria LaRiva 9,300; Chuck Baldwin 5,017; Will Christensen 4,453; Stewart Alexander 4,430; Read more »

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