Wall Street Journal: The Freedom Caucus Objects to Political Free Speech (In the News)

David Keating and Bradley A. Smith Fights over campaign-finance laws are, more than other political struggles, fights over power. When power changes hands, new regulations are often put in place to benefit the victors’ political fortunes. The temptation to use speech regulation to hamper political opponents is ever present and too often irresistible. That’s why […]

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Daily Media Links 12/7: Tea Party And Democrats Aligned Against Campaign Finance Measure, Super-PACs set to influence Senate primaries, and more…

In the News Wall Street Journal: The Freedom Caucus Objects to Political Free Speech David Keating and Bradley A. Smith Fights over campaign-finance laws are, more than other political struggles, fights over power. When power changes hands, new regulations are often put in place to benefit the victors’ political fortunes. The temptation to use speech […]

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Daily Media Links 12/4: The First Amendment Needs Your Prayers, The other, bigger problem with that viral anti-NRA tweetstorm, and more…

CCP Solutions that Don’t Solve the Problem Luke Wachob Eliminating these self-serving acts of corruption is beyond the limits of what a tax-financing program can ever hope to achieve. It’s utopian – or silly – for the Times to expect “a complete change of [New York’s] toxic culture” to come from any campaign finance regulatory […]

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Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus and the (Bleak) Future of Statutes that Ban False Statements in Political Campaigns

In this University of Pennsylvania Law Review article, author Margaret H. Zhang assesses the constitutionality of state false statement law statutes in the wake of recent court decisions. As Zhang explains, today’s political candidates must be prepared for mudslinging targeted not just at their professional lives, but also at their private lives, appearance, genealogy, religion, […]

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Solutions that Don’t Solve the Problem

Problem: Some elected officials are directing tax dollars to businesses that pay them under the table. Solution: Give these elected officials more tax dollars to fund their campaigns. At least that’s what The New York Times would have you believe in the wake of the conviction of former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver […]

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Daily Media Links 12/3: Jeb’s multi-million dollar sinkhole: Months of pro-Bush ads haven’t accomplished much, Liberals, conservatives battle McConnell on plan to boost political parties, and more…

Independent Groups Salon: Jeb’s multi-million dollar sinkhole: Months of pro-Bush ads haven’t accomplished much Simon Maloy NBC News broke down the numbers and found that the campaigns and allied groups of three establishment candidates in the GOP race – Jeb, Rubio, and John Kasich – have thus far spent a combined $47.5 million in TV […]

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Daily Media Links 12/2: The New York Times Gets Money and Politics Wrong, Wary of Donald Trump, G.O.P. Leaders Are Caught in a Standoff, and more…

Influence Library of Law and Liberty: The New York Times Gets Money and Politics Wrong John O. McGinnis Nicholas Confessore’s long front-page article in Monday’s New York Times, “Rauner and his Wealthy Friends Are Remaking Illinois,” raises concerns about the power of rich individuals to influence elections. The article both subtly and overtly argues that […]

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Daily Media Links 12/1: Warren Buffett-Funded Group Signs on as Democracy Alliance ‘Partner’, New Super PAC Wants Perry Back in the Presidential Race, and more…

Independent Groups Washington Free Beacon: Warren Buffett-Funded Group Signs on as Democracy Alliance ‘Partner’ Lachlan Markay The NoVo Foundation is one of 10 individual and institutional Democracy Alliance donors that have signed on this year, according to those documents. Alliance “partners” are required to contribute at least $200,000 per year to the groups in its […]

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