Media Watch: Brennan Center Falsehood Hits the Airwaves

If you were listening to NPR’s “On the Media” show over the weekend (podcast available here), you heard an amazing statistic: “96 percent of the television ad spending [in the Florida gubernatorial race] is coming from outside groups.” “That is extraordinary,” claimed the guest. Indeed it is – one might say, unbelievable. So unbelievable, in […]

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Election Ads Are Good for Us

The New York Times reporter Nick Confessore was on NPR’s Fresh Air a few days ago and said “You know, the average marketing budget probably for Procter and Gamble on the course of a calendar year, I suspect, rivals all the spending on campaigns in an election year. I’m making that up, but political spending…is about, you […]

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Las Vegas Review Journal: Nevada Supreme Court hears arguments over political flyers (In the News)

By Sean Whaley CARSON CITY – An attorney for the conservative group Citizen Outreach told the Nevada Supreme Court on Monday that because political flyers distributed by the group criticizing a former lawmaker in 2010 did not contain the words “vote for” or “vote against,” they did not qualify as express advocacy requiring the reporting of who […]

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Washington Examiner: A response on campaign finance reform (In the News)

By Larry Noble In a recent op-ed, Joe Trotter, Media Manager for the Center for Competitive Politics argues that a chart prepared by the Campaign Legal Center that broadly summarizes the disclosure requirements for political ads shows that the current campaign finance rules are too complex. This may come as a surprise to CCP, but we agree that the […]

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Is voting like buying a box of cereal?

In a recent interview with Watchdog.org, Federal Election Commission Vice Chair Ann Ravel compared campaign finance disclosure with the nutritional information on a box of cereal, stating that such “information is important for people to know whether they want to buy it or not . . . similarly people should know who’s making large contributions […]

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Daily Media Links 11/3: Nothing to See Here, Just Politics as Usual, Money and Judges, a Bad Mix, and more…

In the News Daily Interlake: Political speech, regulation and freedom: A case study  By Eric Wang As a preliminary matter, if there is any misleading or undue influence in this whole sordid affair, it is Montana officials’ brazen attempt to deter political speech by invoking intimidating but ultimately fatuous legal theories. The mailer in question, which merely […]

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Baltimore Sun: Sarbanes models a different kind of election focused on small donors (In the News)

By John Fritze Critics question whether the proposal would result in the kind of transformative change in Washington that Sarbanes envisions, with candidates choosing to raise money from their voters instead of lobbyists. The skeptics include Bradley A. Smith, the Republican former chairman of the Federal Election Commission. “I’ll tell you who raises money from small donors: Sarah […]

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Daily Interlake: Political speech, regulation and freedom: A case study (In the News)

By Eric Wang As a preliminary matter, if there is any misleading or undue influence in this whole sordid affair, it is Montana officials’ brazen attempt to deter political speech by invoking intimidating but ultimately fatuous legal theories. The mailer in question, which merely provides the correct date of the election and information about the candidates, and which […]

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Amicus Brief: Vermont Right to Life v. Sorrell

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Campaign Finance 101: Money Doesn’t Buy Votes

Tomorrow is the midterm election, and, if tradition holds, Americans will be inundated Wednesday with countless newspaper stories indicating that this midterm is “the most expensive in U.S. history.” In light of that, it seems pertinent to remind everyone – once again – perhaps the most important fact to remember when considering all debates regarding […]

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