Daily Media Links 8/25: Democratic group accuses GOP candidates of illegally coordinating with Koch political network, Would more lobbying improve America?, and more…

In the News Huffington Post: Larry Lessig’s Half-Serious Plan to Hold the Country Hostage 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 […]

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Daily Media Links 8/24: Even Speech We Hate Should Be Free, Silicon Valley Icon Wants to Hack His Way to the Presidency, and more…

CCP Attention Members of Congress: Super PACs Disclose Their Donors Scott Blackburn We often read articles and letters to the editor from individuals demanding the full disclosure of donors to Super PACs. It is an understandable confusion. News reports regularly warn about the “torrent of dark money” and then go on to talk about Super […]

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Attention Members of Congress: Super PACs Disclose Their Donors

We often read articles and letters to the editor from individuals demanding the full disclosure of donors to Super PACs. It is an understandable confusion. News reports regularly warn about the “torrent of dark money” and then go on to talk about Super PACs, or decry the evil of secret money “flooding” our campaigns and […]

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Daily Media Links 8/21: Which Candidates’ Super PACs Are Getting Most Corporate Money?, Federal Election Commission refuses to release computer security study, and more…

Independent Groups Wall Street Journal: Which Candidates’ Super PACs Are Getting Most Corporate Money? Daniel Nasaw In addition to besting its rivals in total corporate donations, Right to Rise USA, founded by Mr. Bush’s supporters in January, received a far greater number of corporate contributions: 498 separate donations in the first half of 2015, Federal […]

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Daily Media Links 8/20: Campaign Finance Restrictions Fit Like a Straitjacket, John Oliver pressures IRS for televangelists crackdown, and more…

Free Speech Medium: Campaign Finance Restrictions Fit Like a Straitjacket Paul Jossey FECA limited political contributions and expenditures to a non-inflation adjusted $1000/calendar year. It essentially barred — with criminal penalties — anyone with anything more than a bullhorn from speaking “relative to” a political candidate. For example, in 2004 the head of the California ACLU would have risked […]

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Tax Analysts: Possible White House Candidate Blasts Temporary Tax Incentives (In the News)

Paul Barton But law professor Brad Smith of Capital City University and the Center for Competitive Politics said in an interview that Lessig has gone off the deep end. “This is not a serious proposal; this is not a serious person,” Smith said of Lessig’s platform. Laughing, he added, “I would call him clinically insane.” […]

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Wilmington News Journal: Delaware law wrongly invades your privacy (In the News)

Allen Dickerson Should newspapers need the government’s permission to report candidates’ positions on issues? Should they be forced to disclose their sources just because they mention a candidate? Should anyone? Not in America, you might say. Unfortunately, the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled in favor of a Delaware law forcing nonprofit groups […]

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New York Daily News: Donald Trump’s big lie about ‘buying’ politicians (In the News)

John Lott and Bradley Smith Trump’s claim to control politicians, however, appears to be nothing more than braggadocio. His one concrete example of puppetry, offered in the GOP debate: “With Hillary Clinton, I said, ‘Be at my wedding,’ and she came to my wedding . . . She had no choice, because I gave.” Leaving […]

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Daily Media Links 8/19: What Lawrence Lessig Loves About Donald Trump, Outlaw The IRS Workers Union: Here Are The Reasons, and more…

In the News New York Daily News: Donald Trump’s big lie about ‘buying’ politicians John Lott and Bradley Smith Trump’s claim to control politicians, however, appears to be nothing more than braggadocio. His one concrete example of puppetry, offered in the GOP debate: “With Hillary Clinton, I said, ‘Be at my wedding,’ and she came […]

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Comments to Montana Commissioner of Political Practices on Mont. Admin. Reg. Notice No. 44-2-207

BY EMAIL ([email protected]) The Hon. Jonathan Motl Commissioner of Political Practices State of Montana 1209 Eighth Avenue Helena, MT 59620 Re:      Comments on Mont. Admin. Reg. Notice No. 44-2-207 Dear Commissioner Motl: The Center for Competitive Politics (“CCP”) submits these comments in response to your office’s proposed changes to ARM § 44.10.301 et seq., as […]

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