CCP Chair Brad Smith spent a few minutes early today answering questions for 89.3 KPCC, a National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate in Los Angeles, on the topic of super PACs and their benefit to the electoral process. The audio file can be found here.
We don’t need more disclosure on campaign ads By Allen Dickerson Buried in the fine print of the Disclose Act are provisions that impede advocacy groups challenging incumbent politicians or working to influence legislation. The proposed law would do this by making political speech more expensive and running a non-profit organization more difficult. Much of [...]
Percentage of Harper’s Index numbers about campaign spending and Citizens United bearing no resemblance to reality: 72. More or less.
Harper’s Magazine is known for it’s Harper’s Index, a collection of various factoids that is supposed to shed some great meaning on life. Their latest is that 72 percent of political ad spending in 2010 would have been illegal before Citizens United. This is being “tweeted” and “retweeted” all over the place. There is just [...]
CCP’s Legal Director Allen Dickerson will appear on Wisconsin Public Radio tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, to debate on-air the usefulness of super PACs in the democratic process. The show begins at 8 am est. The live stream can be found by visiting WPR’s streaming page.
Today, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that groups of citizens cannot be treated as a political committee – and have their resources and message limited – unless they explicitly call for the election or defeat of a candidate. CCP participated in the case as a “friend of the court,” in conjunction with the Denver office [...]
At issue was the ongoing distinction between ads that “expressly advocate” the election or defeat of a candidate, and ads that simply discuss issues of interest to the electorate. Courts have sometimes struggled to find the line between these two categories, despite substantial guidance from the U.S. Supreme Court. But as Colorado law puts significant [...]
On page two of the Express, I was greeted on this morning’s metro ride with this article: “Study: Political Ads Grow Nastier.” The article cites a recent study by Kantar Media/CMAG that claims that negativity in GOP primary TV ads has shot up a whopping 44% between 2008 and 2012, and claims “it is happening [...]
There are rare occasions in which an attorney general finds that he must, as an officer of the Court and representative of the public, acknowledge when the government’s side might be wrong, and especially when a statute might be unconstitutional. See, e.g., Seth Waxman, Defending Congress, 79 N.C. L. Rev. 1073 (2001). In such cases, the AG may follow [...]