In the News: National Journal: As the influence of money in politics has expanded, Donald McGahn became the unabashed advocate of opponents to campaign finance reform.

By Reid Wilson …”He worked to preserve the rights of speakers with whom he disagreed as much as those with whom he agreed, and to enforce the law fairly,” said Bradley Smith, a former FEC chairman and head of the Center for Competitive Politics, a group that has opposed efforts to strengthen campaign finance laws. […]

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In the News: Washington Post: Obama taps two for Federal Election Commission

By Matea Gold …“I hope she will exercise her power with restraint and understand that the role of an FEC commissioner is not to be a roving police of political speech,” said Bradley A. Smith, a former FEC commissioner who chairs the Center for Competitive Politics. Goodman brings a different background, having represented corporations, trade […]

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Daily Media Links 6/24: Obama taps two for Federal Election Commission, Outspoken FEC Commissioner’s Consequential Tenure Coming To An End, and more…

In the News   Washington Post: Obama taps two for Federal Election Commission  By Matea Gold “I hope she will exercise her power with restraint and understand that the role of an FEC commissioner is not to be a roving police of political speech,” said Bradley A. Smith, a former FEC commissioner who chairs the Center […]

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McConnell Warns of “a Culture of Intimidation” Suppressing Free Speech

Last Friday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell addressed the American Enterprise Institute concerning “a culture of intimidation” in Washington that may have influenced the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status. According to McConnell, a number of government agencies, far-left interest groups, and President Obama’s own remarks have been working to “shut down […]

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Commissioner McGahn Leaves FEC

On Friday the White House nominated Lee Goodman, a well-respected election lawyer from Virginia, and Ann Ravel, Chair of the California Fair Political Practices Commission, to the FEC. Mr. Goodman will, if confirmed, replace Commissioner Don McGahn. Ms. Ravel will fill the empty seat held by Cynthia Bauerly until her resignation earlier this year. CCP […]

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Daily Media Links 6/20: Why Liberals Should Care about the IRS Scandal, Moving a Washington scandal out of town, and more…

CCP Why Liberals Should Care about the IRS Scandal By Luke Wachob The scandal is that government power was being used by the IRS to discriminate against people based on their political beliefs. Whether or not 501(c)(4)’s have one political leaning or another, the IRS must treat them all equally, and it clearly failed to […]

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Why Liberals Should Care about the IRS Scandal

Everyone knows sports fans aren’t objective, and it’s never clearer than when a referee makes a bad call. When it goes against your team, you boo and yell about the refs being unfair and harming your team’s chances. When it goes against your opponent, you’ll often stay happily silent. Politics can be a lot like […]

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Daily Media Links 6/19: Court Gives Final Approval for Appeals Court Ruling in Bequest Case, IRS Rules To Be Challenged In Court, and more…

CCP   Court Gives Final Approval for Appeals Court Ruling in Bequest Case  By Joe Trotter A federal judge Monday denied a Federal Election Commission (FEC) motion to reconsider his decision to send a case involving a bequest to the Libertarian National Committee (LNC) to the en banc U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. “We are pleased that […]

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In the News: Ohio Watchdog: U.S. Supreme Court asked to review ‘nation’s strictest PAC regulations’

Maggie Thurber writes about Corsi v. OEC: The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law really wants to know, so it has filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court seeking an answer. “Is a small group of Ohioans that infrequently gathers at a coffee shop to discuss public policy, and does not donate to candidates or […]

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Daily Media Links 6/18: Restricting Political Speech: The First Question Must be “Why?”, A Democrat’s IRS about-face, and more…

CCP   Restricting Political Speech: The First Question Must be “Why?”  By Tom Swanson The simple fact is that political speech is still just speech. Elections can’t be bought in a nation of voters who aren’t for sale. Perhaps voters heard more voices, or different voices, in the cacophony preceding the 2012 elections, but, as […]

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