SCOTUS issues stay on Montana court order challenging Citizens United

Late Friday afternoon the Supreme Court granted a stay of the Montana Supreme Court’s order in American Tradition Partnership v. Bullock. That’s the decision in which the Montana Supreme Court adopted the rather bizarre argument by Montana officials that they and their fellow politicians were so uniquely corrupt, and their constituents so uniquely incapable of voting [...]

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

Brad Smith in US News on Why Super PACs Are Good for Democracy

CCP Chairman Brad Smith has an article in US News and World Report today, entitled Why Super PACs Are Good for Democracy.  In the article, Brad explains some of the history and clears up misconceptions about what the organizations can and cannot do: Super PACs are the result of a pair of two-year-old federal court [...]

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In the News: US News: Why Super PACs Are Good for Democracy

By CCP Chairman Bradley A. Smith (Go to complete article) Few developments in campaigning have been as vilified and misunderstood as independent expenditure PACs, or, as they are colloquially known, super PACs. Super PACs are the result of a pair of two-year-old federal court decisions. Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission held that the government [...]

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Another “Scandal” Demonstrates Why Further Disclosure is Overboard

Any entity that engages in politics is susceptible to criticism.   Today’s Politico has an article about a California race in detailing a candidate ‘s attack on his opponent’s super PAC (Campaign hits corporation donation): PG&E, under scrutiny after a pipeline explosion this fall left eight dead, contributed $10,000 to a super PAC supporting California Democratic [...]

Filed Under: Blog, Super PACs, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Contribution, coordination, DISCLOSE, Disclose Act, Disclosure, FEC, First Amendment, super PAC, super PACs, California, Maryland

In the News: National Review: The Real Lesson of Obama’s Super PAC Decision

The Real Lesson of Obama’s Super PAC Decision By Bradley A. Smith Ruth Marcus has an op-ed in today’s Washington Post that defends the Obama campaign’s decision to support super PACs (“it would be foolish to unilaterally disarm”) but complains, “it could have trumpeted its support for American Priorities without deploying campaign officials. It could [...]

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Brad Smith to debate Sen. Jeff Merkley Live at noon

Center for Competitive Politics founder and chairman Brad Smith will take part in an on-air debate with Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) on the role of money in politics in the 2012 election. The debate begins at noon today and is live streaming at the Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) radio station website. The show is called [...]

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NEWS RELEASE: Allen Dickerson Will Testify Before Maryland House Ways and Means Committee

DATELINE: Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012 CONTACT: Sarah Lee, Communications Director, The Center for Competitive Politics 770.598.7961 ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The Center for Competitive Politics’ Legal Director Allen Dickerson was invited to testify on Wednesday, February 15, at 1 pm before the Maryland House Committee on Ways and Means. He was invited by the office of [...]

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CPAC retrospective

The Conservative Political Action Conference was once again, the greatest conservative shindig of the year, complete with cigar chomping and scotch sipping, a guy in a fat suit, Jimmy “The Rent is too Damn High” McMillan, and professional protesters with pithy signs outside making a media-friendly ruckus. Within the hallowed halls of the Woodley Marriott, [...]

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CCP In the News

The last couple of weeks have been busy for the Center: We have welcomed our new President, David Keating.  (Roll Call) Even before joining the Center, David has been heavily involved in campaign finance issues and important court decisions that shape the campaign finance landscape. (WSJ) We participated in a panel at CPAC last week, [...]

Filed Under: Blog, Featured Content, In the News, campaign finance, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, David keating, End of Democracy, First Amendment, Media, super PAC, super PACs, Supreme Court

CCP’s Keating and Cato’s Crane Explain Why You Shouldn’t Fear Super PACs

The Center for Competitive Politics’ new President David Keating recently penned an op-ed with Ed Crane, President of The Cato Institute, that was published in The Wall Street Journal on Friday, February 10, 2012. The piece, entitled “Meet the Parents of the Super PACs: Political spending is good for democracy. It’s a shame today’s liberals [...]

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