The Presumption of Free Anonymous Speech

Public Citizen supports anonymous speech – at least when it comes to criticizing businesses. A Tampa Bay divorce attorney is suing Avvo, an online legal services hub that allows citizens to post reviews of attorneys without providing their name, to try to unmask a reviewer that posted a negative review. From The Tampa Bay Times: […]

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Daily Media Links 6/4: Authorities unlikely to stop 2016 election fundraising free-for-all, The murky (and apparently widespread) use of license plates as political favors, and more…

Campaign Finance Reuters: Authorities unlikely to stop 2016 election fundraising free-for-all Michelle Conlin and Emily Flitter “The fact that the FEC is neutered is not going to motivate the DOJ to go out on a limb and do a bunch of these cases,” said former federal prosecutor Jonathan Biran, who started his 17-year career at […]

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CBS/NYT Poll: “Less than one percent” say Campaign Regulations Most Important Issue Facing the Country

Alexandria, VA – Today’s CBS/NYT poll on campaign finance issues buries an important fact, according to the Center for Competitive Politics (CCP), the nation’s leading non-profit dedicated to defending political free speech rights. According to the poll, “Less than one percent volunteer campaign fundraising as the most important issue facing the country.” “Despite years of misleading rhetoric […]

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Trading Secrets: Court Affirms California Attorney General’s Demand for Confidential Donor List (In the News)

Seyfarth Shaw LLP The recent Center for Competitive Politics decision exemplifies what we expect to be a growing trend by state Attorneys General to demand sensitive donor information from charities operating or soliciting in those states.  Charities should continue to heed the Schedule B instructions and not include Schedule B in filings with states that […]

Filed Under: In the News, In the News Our Cases

Daily Media Links 6/2: The coming revolution in campaign communication, PACs promote Sanders, whether he likes it or not, and more…

In the News Trading Secrets: Court Affirms California Attorney General’s Demand for Confidential Donor List Seyfarth Shaw LLP The recent Center for Competitive Politics decision exemplifies what we expect to be a growing trend by state Attorneys General to demand sensitive donor information from charities operating or soliciting in those states.  Charities should continue to […]

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More Soft Money Hard Law: Super PACs: Causes and Effects (In the News)

Bob Bauer Professor Bradley Smith has written an exceptionally succinct and well-argued case for super PACs. This author of Unfree Speech: The Folly of Campaign Finance Reform does not neglect to cite “personal freedom” in defense of these organizations, but he challenges their critics on one other level: their effects on the electoral process. He […]

Filed Under: In the News, Quotes CCP

Daily Media Links 6/1: The ‘Non-Candidate’ Money Spigot, IRS paying private lawyers $1,000 an hour, despite ‘underfunding’ complaints, and more…

In the News More Soft Money Hard Law: Super PACs: Causes and Effects Bob Bauer Professor Bradley Smith has written an exceptionally succinct and well-argued case for super PACs. This author of Unfree Speech: The Folly of Campaign Finance Reform does not neglect to cite “personal freedom” in defense of these organizations, but he challenges […]

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