Daily Beast: How Donald Trump Destroyed the Political Campaign Ad (In the News)

Lloyd Grove David Keating, president of Center for Competitive Politics and widely credited as the inventor of the super PAC, said Trump is further advantaged by his free media mastery because—despite standard Republican rhetoric to the contrary—voters still find news reports more credible than paid ads. “Actual news coverage has more value, minute by minute, […]

Filed Under: In the News, Newsroom, Quotes CCP

More Good News for Free Speech in the AP-NORC Poll

Yesterday, I wrote about a new poll from the Associated Press and National Opinion Research Center revealing that a strong majority of Americans oppose tax-financed campaign programs and do not believe they reduce the influence of money in politics. The same poll also asked about contribution limits, Super PACs, disclosure laws, and general attitudes about […]

Filed Under: Blog, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits Press Release/In the News/Blog, Money in Politics, Super PACs, National Opinion Research Center, polling

Daily Media Links 12/10: California Seeks to Overturn Barrier to Koch Group Donor List, A bipartisan tax bill Congress must pass, and more…

In the News Daily Caller: Freedom Caucus Forgets The Freedom Part Paul Jossey The roughly 40-member House Freedom Caucus (HFC) prides itself on dedication to principle. From the budget, to the debt ceiling, to the fight over the Export-Import Bank, HFC members claim to stand apart, thwarting cronyism and the political games of official Washington. […]

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Majority of Americans Oppose Tax-Financed Campaign Schemes

New joint polling from the Associated Press and National Opinion Research Center finds that a majority of Americans oppose tax-financed campaign programs, preferring candidates to raise money through voluntary donations from supporters. More than twice as many people say presidential campaigns should raise money through donations (56%) as say government should pick up the tab […]

Filed Under: Blog, Tax Financed Campaigns Press Release/In the News/Blog, Tax-Financing, Larry Lessig, National Opinion Research Center, polling

An Open Letter to Conservatives: Why Party Coordinated Limits Should Be Repealed

There has been some controversy on a measure that would essentially lift the limits on parties coordinating with their candidates in general election campaigns. The provision was adopted by the Senate Committee on Appropriations in July as part of the Financial Services appropriations bill. This provision may become part of the omnibus appropriations bill. Below […]

Filed Under: Blog, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits Comments, Contribution Limits Federal, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Federal, Federal Comments and Testimony, Darryl R. Wold, David Mason, Hans von Spakovsky, James Bopp Jr., Lee Ann Elliott, Michael E. Toner, Omnibus

Freedom Caucus Forgets The Freedom Part (In the News)

Paul Jossey But while this creates enough support to repeal the party limits, there is no similar support sufficient to get all coordination limits or contribution limits repealed, as some in the Freedom Caucus claim is their goal. The end result is that HFC has allied itself in opposition to the rider with liberal nonprofits […]

Filed Under: In the News, Paul Jossey, Published Articles

National Review: Conservatives Should Support Proposal That Would Allow Parties to Coordinate with Campaigns in the General Election (In the News)

Bradley A. Smith Of course, campaign-finance laws are regularly used for short-term political gain, so in this, the CAP and the Freedom Caucus are not doing anything that others don’t do. But conservatives have held themselves out as being better than that. The Freedom Caucus mission statement, for example, says that it exists to promote […]

Filed Under: Brad Smith, In the News, Newsroom, Published Articles

Daily Media Links 12/9: Tensions Rise as Omnibus Bill Negotiations Stall, Jeb Bush, Super PAC Have Spent Nearly $33 Million in Ads, and more…

In the News National Review: Conservatives Should Support Proposal That Would Allow Parties to Coordinate with Campaigns in the General Election Bradley A. Smith Of course, campaign-finance laws are regularly used for short-term political gain, so in this, the CAP and the Freedom Caucus are not doing anything that others don’t do. But conservatives have […]

Filed Under: Daily Media Links

Heroes and Villains in the Gun Control Debate

Imagine for a moment that billionaire Michael Bloomberg was a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and gun rights. Imagine that, inspired by this belief, he spent $28 million of his personal fortune to help elect candidates that agreed with his position – the great majority of whom were Republicans. Now imagine that a nearly […]

Filed Under: Blog, Money in Politics, michael bloomberg, National Rifle Association

Daily Media Links 12/8: Negotiations over year-end spending bill hit a tax snag, AP-NORC Poll: Americans Not Fans of Public Financing, and more…

Political Parties Washington Post: Negotiations over year-end spending bill hit a tax snag Kelsey Snell and Karoun Demirjian Democratic votes will likely be needed to pass the omnibus appropriations bill in the House because a group of conservatives is likely to oppose the legislation over spending levels and because it will provide money for some […]

Filed Under: Daily Media Links