In the News: Star-Tribune: Conservative Wyoming Group Battles Federal Election Commission Over Election Law

By Kyle Roerink A conservative Wyoming-based group hopes to battle the Federal Election Commission in the U.S. Supreme Court in an effort to change federal election laws.   The group, Free Speech, has been hammering at the agency in Wyoming’s federal district and federal appeals courts since the 2012 presidential election. Both courts dismissed the […]

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Daily Media Links 1/3: Goodbye to a champion of free speech, Conservative group announces Obamacare ads against vulnerable Democrats, and more…

CCP Goodbye to a champion of free speech By Bradley A. Smith I, and all of us at Center for Competitive Politics, were saddened to learn of the death of Bob Wilson over the holidays. Most obituaries focused on Bob’s substantial charitable contributions to environmental causes and to the Roman Catholic Church (for non-religious education- Bob was an […]

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Goodbye to a champion of free speech

I, and all of us at Center for Competitive Politics, were saddened to learn of the death of Bob Wilson over the holidays. Most obituaries focused on Bob’s substantial charitable contributions to environmental causes and to the Roman Catholic Church (for non-religous education- Bob was an atheist). But Bob was also an ardent champion of […]

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Daily Media Links 1/2: Did hundreds of thousands of “investors” really write “personally” to the SEC on corporate disclosure? No, not really., Professor Coates’ bad government proposal for the SEC, Michigan Live: Gov. Snyder signs law to double Michigan campaign contribution limits, codify ‘issue ad’ rules, and more…

CCP Did hundreds of thousands of “investors” really write “personally” to the SEC on corporate disclosure? No, not really. By Brad Smith As followers of this blog will know, for the last four years Democrats and others on the political left have been trying to get new mandatory disclosure requirements on spending related to politics. When […]

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How the Public Funding of Elections Increases Candidate Polarization

In this article, the author shows that the public funding of elections produces a large decrease in the financial and electoral advantage of incumbents. Despite these effects on electoral competition, the study demonstrates that public funding produces more polarization and candidate divergence – not less. Finally, the article establishes that this effect is at least […]

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Citizens United, States Divided: An Empirical Analysis of Independent Political Spending

This study examines the effect the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United v. FEC has on independent spending in American politics. Previous attempts to answer this question have focused solely on federal elections where there is no baseline for comparing changes in spending behavior. The authors, Douglas M. Spencer and Abby K. Wood, overcome […]

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The Last Rites of Public Campaign Financing?

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Arizona Free Enterprise v. Bennett, this Nebraska Law Review article by Hofstra University Law School Professor James J. Sample asserts the current predicament of public campaign financing is such that options that are still on the table under the Court’s First Amendment jurisprudence are, with […]

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