Michigan Capitol Confidential: The Fight for Free Speech (In the News)

Kahryn Riley Things aren’t looking good for individual privacy – at least for those who wish to participate in public policy debates. Despite the First Amendment’s strong defense of free expression, speech is increasingly regulated – especially political and policy dialogue. For an increasing number of nonprofit organizations, disclosing contributors’ identities is the price paid […]

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Daily Media Links 6/24: Confederate Flags and the Citizens United Effect, How Government Stifled Reason’s Free Speech, and more…

In the News Michigan Capitol Confidential: The Fight for Free Speech Kahryn Riley Things aren’t looking good for individual privacy – at least for those who wish to participate in public policy debates. Despite the First Amendment’s strong defense of free expression, speech is increasingly regulated – especially political and policy dialogue. For an increasing […]

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U.S. Congressman has a Bold Plan to Put Non-Voters First

Is the purpose of increasing voter turnout to make politics more democratic, or to make politics more dominated by Democrats? Let’s ask Rep. Keith Ellison, who wrote about his plan to boost turnout in The Nation this week: “One in three. That’s how many people eligible to vote actually did in 2014. It was the […]

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Texas Tribune: Freedom of speech survives a close call in Texas (In the News)

Luke Wachob Some may be inclined to shrug their shoulders and ask what the big deal is. It’s only disclosure, right? The big deal is that disclosure chills speech about government, it is not a harmless or cost-free policy. Groups must expend significant financial resources and effort to comply with complex reporting requirements and risk […]

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Daily Media Links 6/23: When Politicians Have to Return Money From the Wrong People, Independent Spending after Citizens United Had Unpredicted Effects in Congressional Primaries, and more…

In the News Texas Tribune: Freedom of speech survives a close call in Texas Luke Wachob Some may be inclined to shrug their shoulders and ask what the big deal is. It’s only disclosure, right? The big deal is that disclosure chills speech about government, it is not a harmless or cost-free policy. Groups must […]

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CCP’s External Relations Team Welcomes Brian Walsh as Research Fellow

The Center for Competitive Politics is pleased to welcome Brian Walsh to our External Relations Department as a Research Fellow. Before joining the Center, Brian was an Outreach Intern with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, an intern with the Bill Cassidy for U.S. Senate Campaign, and a Communications Intern with the Franklin Center […]

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Lansing State Journal: Private giving encourages participation (In the News)

Bradley Smith Americans have — and should have — the right to call for changes in public policy without interference from the government. On Election Day, we vote in private booths to ensure that no one is harassed for their political views and everyone feels safe participating. But these days, our ability to participate in […]

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Michigan Live: Full disclosure or donor privacy? Michigan debate takes on money in politics (In the News)

Jonathan Oosting Anonymous contributions are playing a growing role in U.S. politics, but private donations are not always a bad thing, according to Bradley A. Smith, former chairman of the Federal Election Commission. “People have a lot of reasons to want to be private,” said Smith, chairman of the Center for Competitive Politics and a […]

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New York Times: Companies and Campaign Disclosure (LTE) (In the News)

Paul Atkins According to Bradley A. Smith, a former Federal Election Commission chairman, corporations face “more campaign-finance disclosure than ever before. ”But special-interest groups demand additional disclosures, like corporate expenditures to trade associations, whose political participation is already disclosed. As Mr. Porter aptly states, objections stemming from such disclosures “could limit political spending altogether.” While […]

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More Soft Money Hard Law: The FEC’s Problems (In the News)

Bob Bauer Now Brad Smith rightly counsels that we not overstate the significance of this. It may go too far to say that the FEC is the most dysfunctional agency or, as one Commissioner has suggested, “worse than dysfunctional.” We are seeing mainly a case of frayed nerves and personality conflicts among administrators who are […]

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