AP: Bush Preparing to Delegate Many Campaign Tasks to Super PAC (In the News)

By Thomas Beaumont Should Bush move ahead as his team intends, it is possible that for the first time a super PAC created to support a single candidate would spend more than the candidate’s campaign itself — at least through the primaries. Some of Bush’s donors believe that to be more than likely. The architects of the plan […]

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Daily Media Links 4/21: Wisconsin’s Shame: ‘I Thought It Was a Home Invasion’, Why Hillary Is Really Pushing Campaign Finance Reform, Inside the big business of little presidential campaign souvenirs, and more…

In the News AP: Bush Preparing to Delegate Many Campaign Tasks to Super PAC  By Thomas Beaumont Should Bush move ahead as his team intends, it is possible that for the first time a super PAC created to support a single candidate would spend more than the candidate’s campaign itself — at least through the primaries. Some […]

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Constitutional and Practical Issues with Oregon Senate Joint Resolution 5 and Senate Bill 75

The Honorable Diane Rosenbaum The Honorable Ted Ferrioli Re:  Constitutional and Practical Issues with Senate Joint Resolution 5 and Senate Bill 75 Dear Chair Rosenbaum, Vice-Chair Ferrioli, and members of the Senate Rules Committee: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics, I am writing you today to respectfully submit the following comments regarding the […]

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In Defense of Private Civic Engagement: Why the Assault on “Dark Money” Threatens Free Speech and How to Stop the Assault

In this Heartland Institute Policy Study, author Nick Dranias explains that the right to private civic engagement — the right to participate in politics confidentially as an individual or in association with others — is under assault as the product of “dark money.” However, Dranias notes that this attack on “dark money” is really an […]

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NPR’s On Point: Money In Politics: The Gyrocopter’s Complaint (In the News)

We’ll take up the gyrocopter pilot’s complaint. Big money politics in America, on the road to 2016. And what to do about it.   Read more…

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The Hill: ’Fugees from the war on political speech (In the News)

By Eric Wang According to the complaint, the contributions by SPM Holdings violated a provision in the federal campaign finance laws prohibiting making “contributions in the name of another,” and should have been publicly attributed on FEC reports as having come from Pras. Lacking any specific information about the company’s corporate structure, the complaint nonetheless asserts that FEC regulations promulgated […]

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Washington Post: Big money in politics emerges as a rising issue in 2016 campaign (In the News)

By Matea Gold Conservatives who favor less regulation of political money scoffed at the notion that distaste for the growing role of wealthy donors will galvanize voters. “That most Americans think money in politics is corrupting is nothing new,” said Bradley Smith, founder of the Center for Competitive Politics, which supports loosening campaign finance restrictions. “But when the rubber hits […]

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Daily Media Links 4/20: Leftist Still Shouting ‘Fire!’ Over Citizens United Ruling, Wham! Bam! Comic Book Ads Target SEC Chairwoman, Our Endless Presidential Campaigns, and more…

In the News NPR’s On Point: Money In Politics: The Gyrocopter’s Complaint We’ll take up the gyrocopter pilot’s complaint. Big money politics in America, on the road to 2016. And what to do about it.   Read more… The Hill: ’Fugees from the war on political speech  By Eric Wang According to the complaint, the […]

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Daily Media Links 4/17: Ambushing Employers’ Speech Rights, House Passes Package of Bills Aimed at Curbing IRS Abuses, Pilot has gumption, Clinton has chutzpah – neither has a campaign finance reform plan, and more…

CCP The New York Times (Sort Of) Recognizes the Benefits of Super PACs  By Luke Wachob Most Americans know April 15th as Tax Day, but campaign finance observers also know it as the date when presidential candidates file their campaign’s first-quarter fundraising report. Traditionally, these filings have had a significant impact on media coverage and public perception of […]

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Daily Media Links 4/16: Florida Man strikes again, landing a gyrocopter on the Capitol grounds, Clinton Foundation to Keep Foreign Donors, and more…

CCP Support for Tax-Financed Presidential Campaigns Sinks to New Low  By Luke Wachob Americans just plain don’t like the idea of government funding political campaigns. They either think it’s wrong, or that it doesn’t work. Overby acknowledges the existence of this view, but implies it is a minority opinion, saying only that “some taxpayers didn’t like public […]

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