CCP Responds to MSRB Call for Comments

CCP sent comments to the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board  (MSRB) late Monday in an attempt to address the proposed changes to MSRB Rule G-37 and potential unconstitutionality of that rule in light of later decisions such as Citizens United v. FEC and SpeechNow.org v. FEC. According to the comments written by CCP Legal Director Allen Dickerson: Expanding […]

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In the News: Washington Examiner: Court ruling a boon to privacy, accuracy

Court ruling a boon to privacy, accuracy By Bradley A. Smith and Allen Dickerson This week, a unanimous federal appeals court struck a small but telling blow for privacy, free speech and accurate campaign disclosure. In Van Hollen v. Federal Election Commission, the lower court had ruled that organizations making electioneering communications — broadcast communications […]

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Media Watch: Manufacturing Controversy

Last week, the New York Times ran a front page, in-depth article about the fossil fuel industry’s advertising push leading up to the election.   The article, “Fossil Fuel Industry Ads Dominate TV Campaign,” looks at how an industry disenchanted by President Obama’s policies became more involved in politics. The  New York Times has a history of wading into the campaign finance […]

Filed Under: Blog, Mitt Romney, New York Times, Oxbow, District Of Columbia, New York

Daily Media Links 9/19: Government Paying Lobbyists Seems a Little Redundant, Obama stops at Ohio AFL-CIO convention, and more…

CCP Van Hollen Reversal a Victory for Free Speech  By Sarah Lee This morning, a unanimous federal appeals court overturned a lower court’s invalidation of an FEC regulation dealing with donor privacy. The lower court had ruled that organizations making electioneering communications – broadcast communications mentioning a candidate’s name within 60 days before a general […]

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Van Hollen Reversal a Victory for Free Speech

This morning, a unanimous federal appeals court overturned a lower court’s invalidation of an FEC regulation dealing with donor privacy. The lower court had ruled that organizations making electioneering communications – broadcast communications mentioning a candidate’s name within 60 days before a general election – must disclose all of their donors, even those unconnected to the ads […]

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Daily Media Links 9/18: State argues contribution limits don’t hinder message, House Dems push new campaign finance reform, and more…

Independent groups Politico: Republican super PACs ramp up spending in House races    By Jake Sherman With 50 days and counting until Election Day, a pair of outside political groups supporting House Republicans is unleashing $7 million of TV ads in contested congressional districts.   Read more… Washington Post: Outside campaign cash worries voters  By Scott Clement […]

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Daily Media Links 9/17: Romney energy adviser Hamm exceeded campaign-donation limits, Romney ramps up campaign schedule as Obama enjoys post-convention bounce, and more…

In the News Tulsa World: Absentee ballots popular but face scrutiny By CURTIS KILLMAN & RANDY KREHBIEL “The biggest thing is that you don’t really know who sends absentee ballots in,” said Brad Smith, a law professor at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, and a former chairman of the Federal Election Commission.     Read more… […]

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Media Watch: New York Times levels serious — and incorrect — charges

Eric Lipton and Clifford Krauss of the New York Times wrote an article about fossil fuel advertisements in the run up to the election.  Titled “Fossil Fuel Industry Ads Dominate TV Campaign,” the article claims: The surge in energy-related political spending partly reflects the rise in overall election spending after the Supreme Court lifted limits […]

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Money and Politics: CCP Defends Speech

This week, CCP President David Keating participated in the Intelligence Squared debate “Two Cheers for Super PACs: Money in Politics is Still Overregulated.”  Keating and Reason Senior Editor Jacob Sullum argued in favor, while Campaign Legal Center’s Trevor Potter and Jonathan Soros argued against, the motion.  The debate can be watched here. In addition, CCP Chairman […]

Filed Under: Blog, Money in Politics, Super PACs, Intelligence Squared debate, Jacob Sullum, Jonathan Soros, Trevor Potter, District Of Columbia, New York

Daily Media Links 9/14: Obama Grows More Reliant on Big-Money Contributors, Federal court case in Wyoming examines election law and free speech, and more…

In the News Intelligence Squared: Two Cheers for Super PACs: Money in Politics is Still Overregulated The product of two court decisions, Citizens United and SpeechNow.org v. FEC, Super PAC spending is on course to make 2012 the most expensive presidential election in history. These supercharged political action committees may spend and receive unlimited amounts of money from […]

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