Record Fundraising by Legislative Candidates

In this update: 1. Legislative races draw record attention from donors 2. Groups seek injunction preventing enforcement of disclosure rules Record Fundraising by Legislative Candidates

Email date: 8/3/10

In this update:
1. Legislative races draw record attention from donors
2. Groups seek injunction preventing enforcement of disclosure rules

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Legislative races draw record attention from donors
This morning the Democracy Campaign issued a report analyzing fundraising by state legislative candidates in the first half of 2010. Legislative hopefuls raised more money than ever before. That’s saying something considering that those running for the Assembly and Senate this year are competing for the attention of campaign donors with candidates for statewide office including the first wide open race for governor in 28 years. In 2008, if donors wanted to influence the goings-on at the Capitol, legislative races were the only game in town.

For audio commentary on our findings, check out our podcast.

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Groups seek injunction preventing enforcement of disclosure rules
The liberal organization and conservative group that filed a lawsuit in federal court over the weekend challenging the state’s new disclosure rules for election financing took another legal step, filing a brief arguing for an injunction preventing the Government Accountability Board from enforcing the rules while the court considers the lawsuit.

As the Democracy Campaign’s director said in a radio interview yesterday, if the groups are successful in persuading the court to put the rules on hold temporarily they and other election groups will be able to secretly campaign through the entire 2010 election season, leaving the public once again in the dark about who is trying to influence voters, how much they are spending and where their money comes from. We hope the federal court does not fall for this.

Why disclosure matters, and why interest groups are so intent on avoiding it, is the subject of our latest Big Money Blog.