Brendan Fischer

Brendan M. Fischer is a law fellow with the Center for Media and Democracy and a student at the University of Wisconsin Law School in the class of 2011.

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Monday, July 7, 2014 - 12:15pm
McCutcheon’s Supreme Cynicism
One of the many outrageous aspects of the U.S. Supreme Court's McCutcheon v. FEC decision is how blatantly it served the interests of the very wealthiest. After all, the plaintiff, Shaun McCutcheon, was complaining that his free speech rights were being infringed because he was prohibited from...
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Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 3:30pm
The National Restaurant Association Spends Big to Keep Wages Low
A majority of the Senate voted to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour recently, yet the bill failed to clear the 60 vote hurdle necessary for passage -- thanks in no small part to the political power of the National Restaurant Association, the restaurant industry's trade association. For...
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Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 11:30am
Federal Court Strikes down WI's "Discriminatory" Voter ID as Unconstitutional
In a landmark decision, a federal judge in Milwaukee has struck down Wisconsin's strict voter ID restrictions as both an unconstitutional burden on the right to vote and, for the first time, a violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act based on the law's "disproportionate racial impact and...
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Monday, February 17, 2014 - 10:13am
Verdict in Jordan Davis Case Highlights Continuing Injustice of "Stand Your Ground"
Once again, Florida's Stand Your Ground law has helped a man escape conviction for killing an African-American teenager. After thirty hours of deliberations, on February 15 a Florida jury declared it could not reach a decision about whether Michael Dunn, 47, could be convicted of first degree murder for shooting and killing 17-year-old Jordan Davis.
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Friday, December 6, 2013 - 1:40pm
ALEC Stands Its Ground, but Stumbles
"I'm proud to stand with ALEC today," declared Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Thursday, as he addressed the American Legislative Exchange Council in Washington D.C.
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Monday, October 7, 2013 - 11:30am
Will Supreme Court Expand "Money As Speech" Ruse and Strike Donation Limits?
On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a case that could further expand the reach of its controversial ruling that political spending is a form of speech protected by the First Amendment -- and unleash even more money into election campaigns.
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Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - 12:41pm
ALEC's 40th Anniversary Agenda: Fracking, Virtual Schools, Privatization, and More
CHICAGO -- This week, the corporate and legislator members of the American Legislative Exchange Council are meeting at the swank Palmer House hotel in Chicago to celebrate the organization's 40th anniversary, be educated in corporate sponsored workshops and adopt legislative priorities for the coming
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Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 11:38am
With Voting Rights Act in Shambles, North Carolina Kicks Voter Suppression Into High Gear
North Carolina Republicans have introduced a major overhaul of the state's election system, adding dozens of amendments to a voter ID bill that will authorize voter vigilantes, end election day registration, cut early voting, make it harder to register, and even create loony protections against "zombie voters."
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Friday, June 28, 2013 - 12:26pm
Pushback Against Privatization Across the Country
The decades-long effort to privatize public services and assets is hitting some bumps, with state and local governments reconsidering whether for-profit companies should be allowed to indiscriminately profit off of taxpayer dollars with limited accountability.
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Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 9:35am
Having Spent Millions Influencing Three Branches of Government, Kochs Look to Buy Fourth Estate
The billionaire industrialist Koch brothers have spent tens of millions for decades on a long-term plan to reshape the legislative, executive, and judicial branches according to a corporate-friendly form, and may now make inroads into what is often referred to as the fourth branch of government: the press.
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