The Meaning of Corruption in Campaign Finance Law, and Buckley's Contribution/Expenditure Distinction

Students of campaign finance learn early on that contribution limits are subjected to less judicial scrutiny, and therefore generally upheld by the courts, while spending limits are subject to the highest judicial scrutiny, and consistently struck down by the Courts. Bob Bauer and David Gans have been going back and forth on this, and their […]

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Amicus Brief: Ring v. United States

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In the News: Thom Hartmann Show: When Congress members should recuse themselves

Thom Hartmann talks with Bradley A. Smith, Chairman & Co-Founder, Center for Competitive Politics / Former Chairman of the Federal Election Commission about corruption in Congress:  

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In the News: National Review: Objecting to the Declaration of Independence?

National Review: Objecting to the Declaration of Independence? By Bradley A. Smith …Under the Federal Election Campaign Act, an individual can contribute up to $2,600 to a candidate’s campaign, but only up to a total of $48,600. This means an individual who, for example, wants to help every Republican in a competitive House race with […]

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Daily Media Links 7/31: Objecting to the Declaration of Independence?, When Congress members should recuse themselves, and more…

In the News   National Review: Objecting to the Declaration of Independence?  By  Bradley A. Smith But I wonder if Toobin objects to the Declaration of Independence. You know, the part where the Founders pledged their “lives, fortunes, and sacred honor” to the project. Fortunes? Not only did they pledge them, they meant it. Just a few months […]

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Daily Media Links 7/30: House Republicans may widen IRS inquiry; lawmakers to focus on audits of conservative nonprofits, IRS Chief Counsel Continues to Draw Critical Fire, and more…

Independent Groups   Washington Times: House Republicans may widen IRS inquiry; lawmakers to focus on audits of conservative nonprofits  By Seth McLaughlin House Republicans are weighing a major expansion of their investigation into the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservatives by looking into the audits of nonprofit groups, potentially opening another front in the scandal.  Several […]

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In the News: Reason: Campaign Finance Laws Ban the Hulk from Donating But Not Tony Stark; A Right is a Right is a Right

Ed Krayewski of Reason takes on arbitrary rules governing contributions to federal candidates: Morgan and Trotter note Banner could face five years in prison for making a campaign contribution. Real life government contractors are suing against the arbitrary rule. Morgan and Trotter write that “[i]f they prevail, all sole proprietors will be able to share […]

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Daily Media Links 7/26: Supreme Court urged to review lobbyist’s conviction, Campaign Finance Laws Ban the Hulk from Donating But Not Tony Stark; A Right is a Right is a Right, and more…

In the News   The Hill: Supreme Court urged to review lobbyist’s conviction  By Megan R. Wilson In its amicus brief to the high court, the center said that, by upholding a standard of using a person’s campaign donations to infer bribery, the ruling threatened to have a “chilling effect” on free speech rights.   “Lobbyists […]

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The Surreal World of Pro-Regulation “Studies”

The Committee for Economic Development’s free lunch has come and passed, and the organization has also published an issue brief, “Hiding in Plain Sight: The Problem of Transparency in Political Finance.” Yesterday’s event was, as expected, surreal. Representatives from the two firms who conducted the “survey” introduced the poll. Hart Research Associates President Geoffrey Garin, […]

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Daily Media Links 7/25: ‘Avengers’ of campaign finance, Center for Economic Development Touts Junk Survey of “Executives”, and more…

In the News   Daily Caller: ‘Avengers’ of campaign finance By Zac Morgan and Joe Trotter If campaign finance laws exist in the movies, Iron Man can contribute to whatever candidate or party he wants, but the Incredible Hulk cannot. In fact, if the Hulk makes a contribution, he could face a prison sentence of up […]

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