Media Hits and Mentions for Brad Smith and CCP

The Center for Competitive Politics has had a slew of media hits in the past week. We expect to have even more as the two-year anniversary of the Citizens United decision approaches at the end of January and discussion regarding SuperPACS, money in politics, the continued lack of negativity in campaign ads, and the increasing influence of grassroots groups in the election cycle continue to make the news. Here’s a list of our most recent mentions. We hope you find them informative and will continue to help us get the word out through your support.

 

Brad Smith on the Thom Hartmann Show:

 

Bloomberg News: SCOTUS Decision Aided Santorum, Campaign Finance Expert Says

Prospect.Org: Citizen Bopp

Quotes Brad: ”It’s why the ACLU [American Civil Liberties Union] is so powerful,” says Bradley Smith, a former Republican FEC commissioner. “The ACLU follows up-it keeps track” of whether prayer is creeping into public schools, for instance. Read more…

KCRW: The Politics and Problems of Voter ID Laws

Brad Smith @ 17:30Read more…

WPR: Kathleen Dunn

Brad Smith @ 9:30amRead more…

National Review, Brad Smith: Iowa: The Gray Lady Freaks Out 

Some years ago, back when McCain-Feingold was new, I noted that it had been sold much like a 19th-century patent medicine: “It’s good for what ails ya.” Think campaigns are too long? McCain-Feingold. Too negative? McCain-Feingold. Special interests too powerful? McCain-Feingold. Don’t like the candidates? McCain-Feingold. And so on.  Read more…

Roll Call, Eliza Newlin Carney: Montana Case Could Challenge Citizens United Ruling

Quotes Brad: ”There’s no evidence that any of these judges really think that they made a mistake,” said Brad Smith, another former FEC chairman who heads the Center for Competitive Politics. The Citizens United ruling was a “pro-free speech, pro-democracy decision” that has enhanced political competition and participation, Smith added. He predicted that the Supreme Court will reverse the Montana ruling summarily, without argument. Read more…

Colorado Springs Gazette, Brad Smith: Effort to reform campaign finance should be applauded  

Gessler found that the state’s largest political committees raised 26 percent of reported political contributions, but paid less than $15,000 in fines, or just one percent of the total fines levied by the state. But small donor committees raised just one percent of the funds, and paid 12 percent of the fines. In fact, these small committees ended up paying almost a third of their total receipts in fines to the state.Read more…

Commentary Magazine: Was There Too Much Free Speech in Iowa?

But as Bradley Smith points out in a brilliant takedown of the Times and other critics of the court ruling in National Review, all such liberal complaints are a desire to limit the amount of political speech, especially when it is used by conservatives. The idea that citizens could actually speak out on issues and candidates without restrictions, a privilege that the Times would like to see reserved for the media, frightens liberals.Read more…

Washington Post: Few rules control super-PAC donations after a candidate withdraws from a race

Quotes Brad: ”I think if you wanted to have any political future you wouldn’t do that,” said Bradley Smith, founder of the Center for Competitive Politics, which advocates for less regulation of political money.Read more…

KPFA Pacifica Radio, Berkeley, California “The Living Room.”  

 

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