Paul D. Craney

Board Member & Spokesman, Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance

Stories by Paul D. Craney

Citizens United: Election fairness or flaw?

Citizens United: Election fairness or flaw?

Ballot question would take first step in overturning court decision

Money shouldn’t buy a bigger megaphone A constitutional amendment would reset campaign finance after Citizens United By David Ropeik THE HEALTH OF the United States of America relies on a few fundamental beliefs. One is the shared sense that, despite deep disagreements, ultimately we are all in this idea of America together. E pluribus unum.(...)

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MA ruling on corporate donations is a missed opportunity

MA ruling on corporate donations is a missed opportunity

Nation’s worst campaign finance law should go to Supreme Court

THE RECENT DECISION by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court regarding corporate campaign contributions was a missed opportunity by the state’s highest court to eliminate the country’s most unfair campaign finance law. Instead of closing the union loophole, which gives an unfair advantage to unions over individuals and employers, they ruled that discrimination is constitutional. They upheld the(...)

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Some things are worth protecting

Some things are worth protecting

Forcing disclosure of political donor identity violates First Amendment

FREEDOM OF SPEECH and association, our most fundamental American rights, are perpetually under attack from powerful politicians, bureaucrats, unions, and far-left interest groups. They use campaign finance law as a weapon. Silencing the opposition is easier than debating important policy publicly. Here in Massachusetts, these groups are working to silence and stomp out groups such(...)

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The great union loophole

The great union loophole

Labor can donate to pols, but not businesses

NEWLY SEATED SUPREME COURT JUSTICE Neil Gorsuch once wrote, “There is something distinct, different, and more problematic afoot when the government selectively infringes on a fundamental right.” The Massachusetts union loophole, upheld last week in Superior Court, does just that. The union loophole allows unions to contribute up to $15,000 to state candidates, while limiting(...)

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