Daily Media Links 5/24: Amid GOP Pressure, FEC Releases Enforcement Documents for First Time, Obama, Dems redoubling money efforts to keep edge, and more…

In the News NY Times: Controversial Instructions at Core of Edwards Case,  By JOHN SCHWARTZ That interpretation of the law has been controversial. Allison Hayward,  vice president for policy at The Center for Competitive Politics in Washington,  a group that supports efforts to ease campaign regulations,  called them “defective instructions” in a statement,  saying that […]

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Daily Media Links 5/23: DSCC Warns Super PAC Donors To ‘Wake Up’, and more…

In the News Reason: How in the World Did a Case About Speech Restrictions Become a Battle Over Government Censorship? By Jacob Sullum In a recent New Yorker article about Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission,  the 2010 case in which the Supreme Court overturned restrictions on political speech by corporations,  Jeffrey Toobin focuses on […]

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State Attorney Generals Jump on the Bandwagon

The Associated Press reports that twenty-two state attorney generals, as well as DC’s, have submitted a brief expressing support for Montana’s attempt at avoiding the Citizens United decision: The Supreme Court is being asked to reverse a state court’s decision to uphold the Montana law. Virginia-based American Tradition Partnership is asking the nation’s high court to rule without […]

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The Ricketts Plan and the Spin Machine

Much has been made of the conflicting reports regarding the so-called “Ricketts Plan,” a purported commissioning by billionaire Joe Ricketts, founder of brokerage firm TD Ameritrade, to fund super PAC attack ads detailing new information regarding President Obama and the media’s old friend, The Rev. Jeremiah Wright. While some media outlets, such as The Daily Beast, […]

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Daily Media Links 5/22: Wanted: Lobbyists who raise cash, Bring Back the Real Maverick, and more…

In the News Roll Call: Rules of the Game: Advocacy Groups Face New Ad Rules By Eliza Newlin Carney “It makes nonprofit management a nightmare, ” said David Keating,  president of the Center for Competitive Politics,  a pro-First Amendment group,  “because you have money sitting in this account,  which you will be afraid to use.” Read […]

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CCP Experts Talk Ricketts and Big Donations

From Buzzfeed: “I think for a lot of companies that have broad consumer bases and that have spent billions on a brand that people really like, to then go and throw a couple thousand dollars at a political issue is, well, stupid. And so not surprisingly you don’t see many of them doing it,” said […]

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Edwards Jury Instructions Defy Supreme Court Ruling

DATELINE: Monday, May 21, 2012 CONTACT: Sarah Lee, Communications Director, Center for Competitive Politics, 770.598.7961 Edwards Jury Instructions Defy Supreme Court Ruling The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) today harshly criticized the final juror instructions, issued Friday, in the trial of former president candidate John Edwards. “If Edwards goes to prison, we will have an Alice in […]

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Daily Media Links 5/21: Ricketts’ Lesson In The Cost Of Politics, Who Funds the Watchers, and more…

In the News BuzzFeed: Ricketts’ Lesson In The Cost Of Politics By Ben Smith and Rebecca Elliott “I think for a lot of companies that have broad consumer bases and that have spent billions on a brand that people really like,  to then go and throw a couple thousand dollars at a political issue is,  well,  stupid. […]

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The Varieties of Corruption and the Problem of Appearance: A Response to Professor Samaha

In this article, election law attorney Robert Bauer, analyzes regulation of political speech that attempts to capture the “appearance of corruption.” According to Bauer, “the appearance of corruption may rest on the various effects of money in politics in the aggregate — on perceived corruption defined as the threat to ‘electoral integrity’ that arises from […]

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Daily Media Links 5/18: Testy Gridlock, Obama campaign asks FEC to rebuff outside group on secret donors, and more…

Independent groups NY Times: G.O.P. ‘Super PAC’ Weighs Hard-Line Attack on Obama By JEFF ZELENY and JIM RUTENBERG A group of high-profile Republican strategists is working with a conservative billionaire on a proposal to mount one of the most provocative campaigns of the “super PAC” era and attack President Obama in ways that Republicans have […]

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