Washington Examiner: Former FEC chair: CNN allowed to change debate rules (In the News)

Eddie Scarry “If I were CNN’s counsel, I would not feel uncomfortable at all in making that change,” Smith said in an interview Friday with the Washington Examiner media desk. Smith, who now teaches election law at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, said a rule change that sought to reflect a dramatic change in the […]

Filed Under: Brad Smith, In the News

CNBC: How Trump confounds the money-in-politics debate (In the News)

Daniel Libit David Keating, president of the right-leaning Center for Competitive Politics, a nonprofit group that opposes campaign finance regulations, thinks Trump is actually helping those who argue for more outside money in elections. “He is just acting like a politician trying to get votes,” said Keating. “A rich person almost always is going to […]

Filed Under: In the News, Quotes CCP

Wall Street Journal: Carly Fiorina: ‘I’ve Earned a Place on the Main Stage’ (In the News)

Reid J. Epstein “Federal Election Commission guidelines make it clear that these criteria cannot be changed after they have been published,” a CNN spokeswoman said Friday. “We believe that our approach is a fair and effective way to deal with the highest number of candidates we have ever encountered.” But CNN isn’t necessarily married to […]

Filed Under: Brad Smith, In the News

Wilmington News Journal: Free speech wins, campaign ‘reform’ loses (In the News)

Scott Blackburn and Luke Wachob Such disclosure rules have captured the worst of both worlds. They restrict the speech of small groups that want to promote their message, and they have no chance whatsoever of regulating the “big fish” in politics – both because well-heeled organizations can afford to hire expert attorneys to navigate the […]

Filed Under: In the News, In the News Our Cases, Newsroom, Published Articles, Scott Blackburn

Daily Media Links 8/31: Big money doesn’t win elections, Demonstrators Can’t Use Supreme Court’s Outdoor Plaza, Appeals Court Says, and more…

In the News Wilmington News Journal: Free speech wins, campaign ‘reform’ loses Scott Blackburn and Luke Wachob Such disclosure rules have captured the worst of both worlds. They restrict the speech of small groups that want to promote their message, and they have no chance whatsoever of regulating the “big fish” in politics – both […]

Filed Under: Daily Media Links

Daily Media Link 8/28: We ‘the Sheeple’, Has Lessig Lost It? The Marriage of Larry and the Donald, and more…

Wisconsin ‘John Doe’ Wall Street Journal: We ‘the Sheeple’ Editorial Board Wisconsin’s Supreme Court shut down the John Doe investigation of conservative groups in July, but it turns out the probe was even worse than the judges knew. Documents filed at the state Supreme Court opposing Special Prosecutor Francis Schmitz’s motion to reconsider show that […]

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Daily Media Links 8/27: Parties Play Politics With FEC Complaints, Where’s the outrage when the left tries to change the Constitution?, and more…

FEC Roll Call: Parties Play Politics With FEC Complaints Nathan L. Gonzalez “Everyone knows both sides file complaints to get press hits,” one campaign strategist said anonymously in order to speak candidly. For example, in July a former Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee communications director now with an outside group, American Democracy Legal Fund, filed an […]

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Daily Media Links 8/26: Three Cheers for Citizens United!, IRS finds yet another Lois Lerner email account, and more…

CCP Media Watch: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette doesn’t understand what ‘anti-democratic’ means Brian Walsh To add insult to injury, the Board’s next claim about spending by candidates and Super PACs is a real doozy. The Editorial Board declares that “Presidential candidates collected $400 million in contributions in the first half of this year, most of it […]

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Media Watch: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette doesn’t understand what ‘anti-democratic’ means

In a recent editorial in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Editorial Board opines that “big money looms larger in the 2016 campaign.” This sounds like a title for your run-of-the-mill “reformer” screed these days, but it’s worse than that. The PG’s Editorial Board not only makes completely outlandish – and unfounded – claims about campaign spending, […]

Filed Under: Blog, Media Watch, Super PACs, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Huffington Post: Larry Lessig’s Half-Serious Plan to Hold the Country Hostage (In the News)

Allen Dickerson This is a remarkable bit of egoism. Several other landmarks in our history — the Emancipation Proclamation, the Voting Rights Act, or the Constitution itself — are certainly more consequential steps toward self-government than the inchoate Act. Writing the Act will prove even more difficult with such grandiose expectations. This delusional sense of […]

Filed Under: Allen Dickerson, In the News, Published Articles