Daily Media Links 10/22: Steyer Passes Adelson as No. 1 ‘Super PAC’ Donor, Wisconsin Supreme Court takes another pass on John Doe case, and more…

In the News Washington Post: Big spending by parties, independent groups drowns airwaves in negative attacks   By Matea Gold  “The idea that campaigns are something solely to be hammered out between candidates and parties is very wrong,” said Bradley Smith, chairman of the Center for Competitive Politics, which supports loosening campaign finance restrictions. “There’s nothing wrong with […]

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Daily Media Links 10/21: The Latest Speech Assault, Record Campaign Finance Awards Handed Out, and more..

Wisconsin Wall Street Journal: The Latest Speech Assault  Editorial Some of our readers have asked why we’ve devoted so much space to the Wisconsin prosecutorial probe of conservatives for supposed campaign-finance violations. One reason is to oppose a particular injustice, but Wisconsin is also on the front lines of the latest national offensive to regulate free political speech and […]

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Washington Examiner: Bipartisanship works for the FEC (In the News)

By Luke Wachob On Oct. 9, the FEC approved new rules instituting landmark Supreme Court decisions in Citizens United v. FEC and McCutcheon v. FEC. In guiding the FEC to this moment, Chairman Lee Goodman and Vice Chair Ann Ravel showed substantial leadership and demonstrated how the commission is supposed to act. The product of post-Watergate reforms, the FEC is made up […]

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Daily Media Links 10/20: Parties release new megadonor lists, The government wants to study ‘social pollution’ on Twitter, and more…

In the News Washington Examiner: Bipartisanship works for the FEC  By Luke Wachob On Oct. 9, the FEC approved new rules instituting landmark Supreme Court decisions in Citizens United v. FEC and McCutcheon v. FEC. In guiding the FEC to this moment, Chairman Lee Goodman and Vice Chair Ann Ravel showed substantial leadership and demonstrated how the commission is supposed to act. […]

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Daily Media Links 10/17: Campaign Spending Freedom Is Great For Speech and The Advertising-Media Sector, Citizens United movie-advertisers must disclose funders in Colorado, and more…

CCP A Teaching Moment  By Luke Wachob Lastly, I can’t help but point out that the cartoon not only gets the law wrong, but implies a relationship between money and votes that does not exist. Imagine a world with no laws against bribery or quid pro quo corruption. To take two prominent examples, does anyone honestly believe Senator Harry Reid […]

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A Teaching Moment

The Politico political cartoon “Equal access” offers a window into the way many people assume campaign contributions and campaign finance laws generally work. The cartoon depicts several messages from citizens to the fictional Senator Schmutz, as well as a Koch Industries check made out to Senator Schmutz for $500,000 with “that vote…” written in the […]

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Wall Street Journal: Opinion: Are Campaign Disclosure Laws Unconstitutional? (Video)

Center for Competitive Politics Legal Director Allen Dickerson on the Colorado Supreme Court’s ruling that state campaign-disclosure laws violate the First Amendment. Watch…

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Dail Media Links 10/16: The FEC complies with the Constitution, finally, Houston’s Harassment of Pastors, and more…

In the News Wall Street Journal: Opinion: Are Campaign Disclosure Laws Unconstitutional?  Center for Competitive Politics Legal Director Allen Dickerson on the Colorado Supreme Court’s ruling that state campaign-disclosure laws violate the First Amendment. Watch…   CCP “Dark Money” Still a Bit Player (Continued): A Response to Robert Maguire  By Luke Wachob Further, the debate over issue […]

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“Dark Money” Still a Bit Player (Continued): A Response to Robert Maguire

Last week, I calculated that non-disclosing groups account for roughly 5 percent of overall campaign spending to date in the 2014 election cycle. From this, I argued that much of the consternation over so-called “dark money” is overblown, and that attempts to further expand compulsory disclosure requirements beyond our already heavily regulated regime may do […]

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Daily Media Links 10/15: Citizens United can make movie without disclosing donors, court says, To Deal With Corruption in Campaign Finance Reduce the Size of Government, and more…

CCP Reform and the Insider’s Game  By Brad Smith One of the problems that the regulatory movement has never come to grips with is the cognitive dissonance between decrying the influence of traditional political actors and the pro-regulatory community’s own quest for influence. Despite the oft-repeated goal of blunting the impact of “special interests” in politics, […]

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