Daily Media Links 6/30: Political opposition groups want to tear down 2016 hopefuls, House lawmakers seek to reform FEC ahead of 2016, and more…

In the News WhoWhatWhy.Org: Keeping Dark Money in the Shadows Jon Hecht David Keating, President of the Center For Competitive Politics, applauds the Committee’s bill, saying that it is a victory for freedom of speech. “It’s very dangerous for any government agency to be policing speech, especially when it’s an agency like the SEC that […]

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Amicus Brief: Building Industry Association of Washington v. Utter in Support of Petitioner

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CBC Radio: In Defence of SuperPACs (In the News)

Third-party political advertising made the news this week, with the emergence of HarperPAC, an independent pro-Conservative campaign group. A similar organization called Engage Canada unveiled its ads this week, criticizing the economic record of Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party.These groups can be compared to American “SuperPACs”, Political Action Committees that aren’t attached to a […]

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Daily Media Links 6/29: IRS permanently destroyed up to 24,000 Lerner emails after subpoena, Is Greater Focus on the Superrich Right for The Times?, and more…

In the News CBC Radio: In Defence of SuperPACs Third-party political advertising made the news this week, with the emergence of HarperPAC, an independent pro-Conservative campaign group. A similar organization called Engage Canada unveiled its ads this week, criticizing the economic record of Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party.These groups can be compared to American […]

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New York Times Predicts Quick End to Supreme Court (and Once Again Misstates Campaign Finance Law)

The New York Times, in the style that pretty much typifies all of the Times’ editorials on campaign finance, today (mis)informs us that the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission was “fatally misguided.” Fatally? Well, the case is over 5 years old, and no member of the majority has died yet, nor has […]

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The Hill: Members of Congress propose politicization of government contracts

Eric Wang During the New Deal era, agents of the Democratic administration coerced federal contractors benefiting from the government spending splurge to “purchase” political books at wildly inflated prices as a condition for continuing to receive lucrative government contracts. In response to this blatant shakedown, Congress amended the Hatch Act ethics law in 1940 to […]

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Daily Media Links 6/26: Former IRS Official’s Email Lost When Backup Tapes Routinely Erased, This Quirky New Hampshire Law Might Keep Bernie Sanders Off The Ballot, and more…

In the News The Hill: Members of Congress propose politicization of government contracts Eric Wang During the New Deal era, agents of the Democratic administration coerced federal contractors benefiting from the government spending splurge to “purchase” political books at wildly inflated prices as a condition for continuing to receive lucrative government contracts. In response to […]

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Super PACs and Republication of Campaign Material

A National Journal article reports that a Super PAC supporting Jeb Bush’s run for president is “blurring the multitude of ‘Jeb!’ stickers and signage in the Miami crowd” in footage shot for one of their ads. Supposedly, this is to “comply with the … [f]ederal election law [which] says that broadcasting written or graphic materials […]

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Daily Media Links 6/25: Clowns, slumlords and 'pimp daddies' all donate to campaigns, The first-ever Super PAC criminal is going to jail. But the real scandal is what's legal., and more…

CCP Comments to Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission Regarding Proposed Changes Eric Wang If a legislative issue is closely associated with particular politicians, a group that has just formed to address that issue should not be subject to greater reporting burdens than a preexisting group if both groups sponsor a few expenditures advocating for or […]

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Comments to Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission Regarding Proposed Changes to Ariz. Admin. Code R2-20-109(F)

BY EMAIL ([email protected]) Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission Attn. Alec Shaffer 1616 W. Adams, Suite 110 Phoenix, AZ 85007 Re:      Comments regarding proposed changes to Ariz. Admin. Code R2-20-109(F) Dear Commissioners: The Center for Competitive Politics (“CCP”)[1] submits these comments in response to the Commission’s May 14, 2015 proposed changes to its rules purporting to […]

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