Brad Smith on NPR affiliate in Los Angeles argues that super PACs are good for electoral process

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.

Filed Under: Blog, In the News, Newsroom, Super PACs, campaign finance, Contribution, First Amendment, super PAC, super PACs, California

In the News: USA Today: We don’t need more disclosure on campaign ads

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 [...]

Filed Under: Disclosure, Disclosure Federal, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Federal In the News, In the News, Published Articles

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 [...]

Filed Under: Blog, Featured Content, Super PACs, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Harpers Index, Lessig

CCP Legal Director Debates the Validity of super PACs live Wed., Feb 22, on Wisconsin Public Radio

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.

Filed Under: Featured Content, Super PACs, Wisconsin

Colorado Supreme Court rules for the First Amendment in Case joined by CCP

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 [...]

Filed Under: Blog, Completed Cases (Litigation), Litigation, Colorado

Justice Ginsburg on Montana: This is speaking truth to power?

Rick Hasen comments in Slate on Justice Ginsburg’s short statement regarding the Supreme Court’s decision to grant a stay in Western Tradition Partnership v. Bullock, the case in which the Montana Supreme Court held that Citizens United was not applicable to Montana, constitutes “speaking truth to power. Recall Ginsburg’s short statement concurring in the stay was, ” Montana’s experience, and [...]

Filed Under: Blog, Completed Case, Litigation Blog/Press Releases, Western Tradition Partnership v. Bullock Other Links, Montana

Amicus Brief: Colorado Ethics Watch v. Senate Majority Fund, LLC.

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 [...]

Filed Under: Completed Amicus Briefs, Legal, Legal Center, Amicus Briefs, Completed Cases (Amicus), Amicus Briefs, Completed Cases (Amicus), Colorado

Study says political ads grow nastier

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 [...]

Filed Under: Blog, campaign finance, End of Democracy, Kantar Media, Negative ads, super PACs

This is what the rule of law looks like

The Supreme Court’s Citizens United opinion is, concededly, controversial. But it is clearly the law of the land, and as a binding interpretation of the First Amendment, “the judges in every state [are] bound thereby, anything in the Constitution or laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding.”  Our Chairman, Brad Smith, previously addressed Justice [...]

Filed Under: Blog, Completed Case, Featured Content, Litigation Blog/Press Releases, Western Tradition Partnership v. Bullock Other Links, Montana

Ohio Attorney General DeWine questions constitutionality of state false statements law in court

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 [...]

Filed Under: Blog, Ohio