In the News: Cleveland Plain Dealer: Should politicians have the right to lie? U.S. Supreme Court could decide in Ohio case

By Sabrina Eaton In a column about the upcoming Supreme Court case on the Center for Competitive Politics website, Smith argues Ohio’s law “makes a sham out of the idea of due process,” and that complaints made under the law are usually dropped after the the election because they’ve already served their purpose of silencing critics. “Ohio’s false statements law […]

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In the News: Reason: Citizens United Decision Fulfilled Earl Warren’s First Amendment Vision

By Zac Morgan Four years have come and gone since the Supreme Court handed down Citizens United v. FEC, striking down a federal law that prohibited a corporation from showing a movie critical of then-Senator Hillary Clinton shortly before the first round of Democratic primaries. (Although Citizens United intended to air the film in 2008, […]

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In the News: The Libertarian Republic: Four Years Later: Citizens United Has Created More Competitive Elections

By Joe Trotter The Supreme Court’s decision overturned blatantly unconstitutional parts of a law designed to prevent freedom of association among individuals with the purpose of speaking out about politics. At its core, Citizens United was about whether the government could ban a nonprofit corporation, from distributing a movie about a political candidate. The decision did not “reversed a century of […]

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In the News: Hot Air: Video: Citizens United is 4, world inexplicably has not ended yet

By Mary Katharine Ham Remember how bad the Citizens United decision was going to be for America? It was so bad no one would ever win an election fair and square again. It was so bad any ol’ billionaire could just buy any election he wanted. It was so bad it was worth President Obama […]

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In the News: Politico: Citizens United, 4 years later

By Byron Tau The ruling has helped reshape the campaign finance landscape by paving the way for megadonors and campaign consultants to wrest power away from the K Street fundraising circuit and the political parties, but just not in the way critics first envisioned. “Citizens United has become the all-purpose boogeyman,” said Bradley Smith, an election law expert, founder of […]

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In the News: Bloomberg: Citizens United Four Years Later, `Free Speech’ or `Legalized Bribery’

By MARK SILVA The anniversary of the ruling also has inspired some creative commentary, including this web video from the Center for Competitive Politics, featuring a YouTube star of sorts, GoRemy: (On corporations as people, The AFL-CIO doesn’t have two arms, he notes. Nor does Citigroup have two eyes — though, actually it does have two I’s.) “Free […]

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Daily Media Links 1/21: Citizens United upheld free speech rights for everybody, not just the elite, 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Citizens United, IRS Targeting and 2014, and more…

In the News Washington Examiner: Citizens United upheld free speech rights for everybody, not just the elite By Luke Wachob Once upon a time, not long ago, a government claimed that it could ban books, films, or other forms of speech if they contained a single line of political advocacy and were funded by corporations or unions. In […]

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Citizens United

Today the Center for Competitive Politics marked the fourth anniversary of the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling by releasing a video about the decision by noted YouTube artist GoRemy. The video examines five common misconceptions about the Citizens United that many critics of the decision tend to gloss over, such as the government’s […]

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In the News: Washington Examiner: Citizens United upheld free speech rights for everybody, not just the elite

By Luke Wachob Once upon a time, not long ago, a government claimed that it could ban books, films, or other forms of speech if they contained a single line of political advocacy and were funded by corporations or unions. In today’s world, corporations are an integral part of public debate. Books are published and sold by corporations, […]

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Disclosure for Disclosure’s Sake

It has become shibboleth among the speech regulation lobby that all “disclosure” is good, and that no amount of disclosure can be too much.  Take, for example, the curious claim made by Public Citizen lobbyist Craig Holman in a recent Roll Call article, concerning the salaries of the staff heading up super PACs, unions, and […]

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