Welcome to this week’s roundup (Jan. 13-20, 2015) of must-read stories in the world of money and politics. Check back on Tuesday afternoons for more on the increasing influence of the super-rich on American government. In the comments section below, we’d love to hear your thoughts on these stories and any we may have missed.
— Yael Bromberg of Common Cause explaining the case for judicial campaign regulation. The Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments in Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar, a case determining the constitutionality of direct solicitations from judges, on Tuesday.
— Federal Election Commission Chair Ann Ravel, speaking at the organization’s open meeting marking its 40th anniversary. She briefly outlined a plan to introduce “more public voices and more speech at the Commission.”
— Mother Jones’ Tim Murphy on Huck PAC’s tendency to hire — and highly compensate — Mike Huckabee’s family members.
— Karen Shanton of Demos, speaking at the Brennan Center for Justice’s symposium marking the fifth anniversary of Citizens United. Eight good government groups presented new research on outside spending and its impact on democracy.
— Bloomberg’s Jonathan Bernstein, in defense of Citizens United.
— An unnamed operative familiar with the Koch operation, speaking to POLITICO about the brothers’ potential influence on the presidential race if they choose to back a Republican candidate. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Rand Paul (R-KY) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker received invitations to speak at a Koch event this weekend.
— POLITICO’s Anna Palmer, on a well-attended meeting between Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) and lobbyists last week. Nearly 300 K Street operatives attended the kickoff of Scalise’s new fundraising operation.