Daily Media Links 4/20: Dirty political money, Shady super PAC riles GOP , and more…

In the News NY Post: Dirty political money  by Brad Smith What is surprising is that they’re holding up the New York City campaign-finance model as an example of a successful system.    Read more… CCP Congratulations Chip Mellor, 2012 Bradley Prize Winner  CCP congratulates William H. “Chip” Mellor, President of the Institute for Justice, on […]

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The Problematic Nature of Secondary Boycotts on Political Speech

Recently secondary boycotts have become the hot thing in politics. A secondary boycott is when a person decides to boycott some other person or entity because that person or entity does business with yet a third person or entity to whom the boycotter objects. For example, don’t like the speech of the American Legislative Exchange […]

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The Next Free Speech Frontier: The Internet

An interesting piece from yesterday’s LA Times blog seems to coalesce all recent calls for disclosure of political funding for campaign ads onto the new frontier for all things media: the internet. According to the Times blog piece, the California “State Ethics Czar” Ann Ravel is initially calling for voluntary disclosure of funding to bloggers […]

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Daily Media Links 4/19: Citizens United Amendment Sponsors Look to Grassroots, Push to Overturn Citizens United, and more…

Independent groups National Journal, Influence Alley: Citizens United Amendment Sponsors Look to Grassroots by Andrew Joseph The sponsors of several constitutional amendments that would overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision said on Wednesday they were a long time away from achieving their goal but encouraged by the growing grassroots support.  Read more… US News: Progressives Push […]

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Congratulations Chip Mellor, 2012 Bradley Prize Winner

CCP congratulates William H. “Chip” Mellor, President of the Institute for Justice, on being named a recipient of the 2013 Bradley Prize from the Bradley Foundation of Milwaukee. Chip’s selection is a tribute not only to Chip, but to all the donors and staff that have made the Institute so successful in defending freedom in […]

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Daily Media Links 4/18: One Donor Gave One-Third of Pro-Republican Group’s Funds, Pro-Obama super PAC runs ad bashing Mitt Romney, and more…

Independent groups Bloomberg: One Donor Gave One-Third of Pro-Republican Group’s Funds by Heidi Przybyla and Jonathan D. Salant Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies, a nonprofit group affiliated with Republican adviser Karl Rove, got more than one-third of its revenue in the last seven months of 2011 from a single, unidentified donor, according to documents filed with the […]

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Daily Media Links 4/17: Clinton, Giuliani, Edwards campaigns still in debt, Pro-Obama super-PAC ad hits Romney on Bain Capital past, and more…

Independent groups Roll Call: Rules of the Game: Dissecting Super PAC Consulting   by Eliza Newlin Carney As super PACs gear up to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on this year’s elections,  the well-paid political consultants who are cashing in on the outpouring of unrestricted money are getting some long-overdue scrutiny. Read more… Reuters: Big […]

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Hey, this political speech stuff costs money! The high cost of political campaigning

The MacArthur Foundation on Monday dumped $4.8 million onto various non-profit organizations that lobby or advocate for campaign finance reform. The big winner is the Aspen Institute, which will get $1.8 million to pay for congressmen to go on nice weekend retreats where they can meet with advocates of limiting the amount that others can spend […]

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Daily Media Links 4/16: Md. lawmakers take on political spending spree, Newt Gingrich rents donor list to raise cash, and more…

In the News USA Today: Corporations under pressure on political spending by Fredreka Schouten and Martha T. Moore “If the U.S. Chamber of Commerce runs an ad, we know what the chamber is up to,” says Bradley Smith, chairman of the Center for Competitive Politics. “We don’t need to exactly who funds them.”  “We need to […]

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Campaign spending and voter knowledge: Posner posts a most unPosner-like post

Federal judge Richard Posner, erstwhile University of Chicago Law School professor, icon of the law and economics school of legal theory, author of numerous books covering everything from sex to national security to the banking collapse of 2008, and in recent years a blogger, is certainly one of the most prolific and entertaining writers, and […]

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