Daily Media Links 8/31: What do they want in return?, Mega-donors lavished with attention at convention parties, and more…

In the News Washington Examiner: D.C. campaign finance reform, or cynical politics?  By Brad Smith D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, as he rolls out his long-promised campaign finance reform plan this week, exemplifies why so many outside the beltway distrust D.C. politicians. The cynicism in the timing of such a plan is hard to miss, coming shortly […]

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CCP Legal Team Files Suit Challenging Sub-Aggregate Limits Under Buckley v Valeo

CONTACT: Sarah Lee, Communications Director, Center for Competitive Politics, 770.598.961 ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Today the Center for Competitive Politics legal team, led by Legal Director Allen Dickerson, filed a complaint in the US District Court for the District of Columbia challenging the biennial aggregate limits on contributions to federal candidates as a violation of the First Amendment. The case stems from […]

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James v. FEC Complaint

The Center for Competitive Politics legal team, led by Legal Director Allen Dickerson, filed a complaint in the US District Court for the District of Columbia challenging the biennial aggregate limits on contributions to federal candidates as a violation of the First Amendment. The case stems from the efforts of Virginia James, a private citizen, who seeks to give contributions […]

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Media Watch: Moyers and Weisberger’s Intellectual Hyperventilations

Journalist and perpetual exaggerator Bill Moyers teamed up with Bernard Weisberger to, once again, complain that neither party is removing money from politics in the Huffington Post (Where Is the Outrage): Let’s begin with the judicial legerdemain of nine black-robed magicians on the Supreme Court back in the l880s breathing life into an artificial creation called […]

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In the News: Washington Examiner: D.C. campaign finance reform, or cynical politics?

D.C. campaign finance reform, or cynical politics? By Bradley A. Smith D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, as he rolls out his long-promised campaign finance reform plan this week, exemplifies why so many outside the beltway distrust D.C. politicians. The cynicism in the timing of such a plan is hard to miss, coming shortly after three members […]

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Daily Media Links 8/30: Ex-senator to FEC: Scandal aside, legal expenses arose on business, Obama Wrong on Reddit, and more…

In the News Washington Post: GOP plank in 2012 platform wants to leave campaign spending alone  By Bill Turque “We’re not opposing any disclosure rules that we’ve supported in the past,” said Bradley Smith, a former Federal Election Commission chairman and now chairman of the Center for Competitive Politics, a group that advocates for lighter […]

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Obama Wrong on Reddit

President Barack Obama yesterday held an impromptu session on Reddit, an online community, and floated the idea of a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United saying, “Money has always been a factor in politics, but we are seeing something new in the no-holds barred flow of seven and eight figure checks, most undisclosed, into super-PACs.” “President Obama is […]

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Gaining Perspective on Convention Spending

The sexy new questions regarding money in politics — if the word sexy can ever really apply to an issue that breeds contentiousness rather than agreement — is whether or not the political party conventions should be funded publicly, whether they are detrimentally expensive, and whether or not they are nothing more than an antiquated […]

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Daily Media Links 8/29: Top donors, lobbyists to schmooze with RNC guests, Deal Will Likely Prevent Floor Fight at Republican National Convention, and more…

In the News USA Today: Opposing view: Redirect the outrage on convention spending  By Brad Smith It is hard not to be outraged by national political convention spending — until one puts it into perspective. For example, the FFA (that’s the organization formerly known as the Future Farmers of America) annual convention, which rotates between Louisville […]

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In the News: USA Today: Redirect the outrage on convention spending

Redirect the outrage on convention spending By Bradley A. Smith It is hard not to be outraged by national political convention spending — until one puts it into perspective. For example, the FFA (that’s the organization formerly known as the Future Farmers of America) annual convention, which rotates between Louisville and Indianapolis, is a $30 […]

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