Bradley Smith Gets the Word Out

Center for Competitive Politics founder Bradley Smith has appeared in a number of media outlets recently, offering quotes and nuggets of campaign finance wisdom in outlets as diverse as Bloomberg News and The Huffington Post. Over the past several weeks he has been called to express his opinions on everything from what it’s like to promote a side of the campaign finance issue that has been historically underrepresented, to his thoughts on a recent effort by the Committee on Economic Development to guilt businesses into ceasing campaign contributions. Never afraid to go to bat for his opinions, Smith continues to make himself available to all sides of the media in an effort to inform the public of the benefit of free speech in elections. 

“Election Spending to Exceed $6 Billion Thanks Partly to Jim Bopp” — Bloomberg News, 9/21/2011

 

“Business Executives Call for End to Anonymous Cash” — Politico, 9/26/2011

 

“The Counter-Reformation: The Fall of Campaign Finance Reform” — The Huffington Post, 9/27/2011

 

“California Democrats also Run Out of Their Own Money” — Reason, 9/27/2011 (video)

 

Filed Under: Blog

Unions shift views on Citizens United

The Cato Institute’s John Samples released a podcast yesterday discussing the shifting view unions have over the Citizens United decision.

Despite initially lamenting the ruling, unions have been capitalizing  on the same freedoms returned to corporations.  Unions were concerned that the decision would give corporations undue influence in the political process.  Of course, “corporations having undue influence” was another way of complaining “labor unions may lose their comparative advantage in influencing politics because their ability to marshal vast amounts of workers to stump for politicians now has to compete for attention from businesses, who have money to sink into PACs.” 

 

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CCP Helps Secure a Win for Free Speech in Indiana

The Center for Competitive Politics has spent the last year litigating an Indiana case involving a non-profit group called Patriotic Veterans, Inc., a group fighting for their right to make political robocalls in the Hoosier State as a matter of free speech. This week, a federal court issued an injunction preventing enforcement of a state law that bans prerecorded political telephone calls. From the press release:

Thanks to a ruling today in federal court, the non-profit group Patriotic Veterans, Inc. can finally begin exercising its political speech rights over the phone.

Judge William T. Lawrence of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana issued an injunction today against enforcement of an Indiana law barring prerecorded telephone calls that contain a political message. Patriotic Veterans argued that the law violates the free speech rights of advocacy organizations like the Illinois-based non-profit, which makes political calls in advance of general elections. Patriotic Veterans is represented by Paul Jefferson of the Indianapolis firm of Barnes & Thornburg, LLP, and the Center for Competitive Politics of Alexandria, Virginia.

The Court held that Federal law preempted the Indiana statutory regulation prohibiting automatic calls.

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Challenging the presumptions of America’s Fiscal Crisis: Follow the Money

Americans for Campaign Reform, a reform advocacy group chaired by former US Senators Bill Bradley, Bob Kerrey, Warren Rudman and Alan Simpson (of the Simpson-Bowles commission), have recently published a report entitledAmerica’s Fiscal Crisis: Follow the Money detailing the sordid “undue influence of special interest money” on federal legislation and sounded the alarm for campaign finance and lobbying reform. Describing our current private campaign funding system as a “large, structural barrier” to effective reform of the federal budget due to the weight of overbearing special interest money on both campaigns and the legislative process, ACR advocates an increase in transparency and “fair elections” (in other words, “clean elections”) funding as a solution to the fiscal calamity facing the U.S.

 

Filed Under: Lobbying, Research, Taxpayer Financed Campaigns

Patriotic Veterans v. Indiana Injunction

Copy of the Patriotic Veterans v. Indiana injunction.

Filed Under: Legal, Legal Center, Patriotic Veterans, All CCP Legal Documents, Patriotic Veterans v. Indiana, Completed Cases (Litigation), Completed Cases (Opinions), Litigation, Opinions, Indiana

Win for Patriotic Veterans, Inc

Sarah Lee, Center for Competitive Politics, 703-894-6800, [email protected]

Paul Jefferson, Partner, Barnes & Thornburg LLP, 317-231-7550, [email protected]

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Thanks to a ruling today in federal court, the non-profit group Patriotic Veterans, Inc. can finally begin exercising its political speech rights over the phone.

Judge William T. Lawrence of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana issued an injunction today against enforcement of an Indiana law barring prerecorded telephone calls that contain a political message. Patriotic Veterans argued that the law violates the free speech rights of advocacy organizations like the Illinois-based non-profit, which makes political calls in advance of general elections. Patriotic Veterans is represented by Paul Jefferson of the Indianapolis firm of Barnes & Thornburg, LLP, and the Center for Competitive Politics of Alexandria, Virginia.

The Court held that Federal law preempted the Indiana statutory regulation prohibiting automatic calls.

 

Filed Under: Press Releases

The Counter-Reformation: The Fall of Campaign Finance Reform

Filed Under: In the News

California Democrats Also Run Out of Their Own Money

Filed Under: In the News

CCP Testifies Before Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Policy Committee

Last Friday, CCP Legal Director Allen Dickerson testified before the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Policy Committee in an effort to educate Pennsylvania legislators on the  common pitfalls of campaign finance reform. The legislators are considering sweeping legislation that would reform reporting requirements for independent expenditures and require shareholder approval for political spending over $10,000.  As it stands, Pennsylvania has a relatively low independent expenditure reporting trigger of $100.  While the legislators are considering raising the threshold to $1000 for businesses, there are also calls for state government contractors to collect information about nonprofit contributions from their rank-and-file employees.

Filed Under: Blog, Corporate Governance, Corporate Governance Comments, Corporate Governance State, External Relations Comments and Testimony, External Relations Sub-Pages, State, State Comments and Testimony

Business executives call for end to anonymous cash

Filed Under: In the News