Daily Media Links 7/25: Leaked DNC emails reveal the inner workings of the party’s finance operation, Dumb money: How political mega-donors got it wrong, and more…

In the News Argus Leader: My Voice: Get ready for the election tax Ben Lee Paying for campaign spending is the worst possible use of our tax dollars. The Democracy Credit program would be capped at $12 million, yet that’s $12 million that could go toward any other, far more valuable purpose. If the funding […]

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Daily Media Links 7/22: Group files campaign finance violation over Melania Trump speechwriter, Judge Strikes Down Two Austin Campaign Finance Rules, and more…

CCP Melania Trump controversy shows the silliness of campaign finance laws Luke Wachob To worry that Donald Trump the politician will do the bidding of Donald Trump the businessman is nonsensical. It’s the same person. To say the Trump campaign is now indebted to McIver is even more ridiculous. Of all the reasons to fear […]

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Melania Trump Controversy Shows the Silliness of Campaign Finance Laws

The controversy over Melania Trump’s speech at the Republican National Convention – well, one of them anyway – is a reminder that much of the debate over campaign finance regulation has nothing to do with preventing corruption. An employee of the Trump Organization, Meredith McIver, wrote the speech, leading many in the pro-regulation community to suspect […]

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Daily Media Links 7/21: A Free-Speech Divide, Lobbyists have raised $7 million for Hillary Clinton. For Trump? Zero, and more…

CCP  Broccoli, Islam, Trump, and the Vanishing Line Between Political Speech and Speech Brad Smith A group called American Islam is sponsoring a big march in D.C. two days after Donald Trump accepts the Republican presidential nomination… In case you don’t know who they might be referring to, “[a]n American Islam video promoting the event […]

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Letter to the California Fair Political Practices Commission on Proposed SB 1107 Amendment

The Honorable Jodi Remke Chair California Fair Political Practices Commission 438 J Street, Suite 620 Sacramento, California 95814 RE: The Proposed SB 1107 Amendment of the Political Reform Act’s Public Financing Ban Does Not “Further [the] Purposes” of the Act and May Not Be Enacted by the Legislature Without Referral to the Voters under Article […]

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Daily Media Links 7/20: States can bring political ‘dark money’ into the light, The Question of Intensity: Campaign Finance and the Ginsburg Controversy, and more…

Disclosure Regulation Los Angeles Times: States can bring political ‘dark money’ into the light Ann M. Ravel I’ve advocated repeatedly that the federal government could learn from California. But given the gridlock in Washington, some cities and states — Connecticut, Montana, New York City and Austin, Texas — have seized the lead. Among their reforms: […]

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Broccoli, Islam, Trump, and the Vanishing Line Between Political Speech and Speech

One of the big problems with campaign finance reform is deciding what speech should be regulated. As Oliver Wendell Holmes famously wrote, “Every idea is an incitement. It offers itself for belief and, if believed, it is acted on unless some other belief outweighs it or some failure of energy stifles the movement at its birth.” […]

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Daily Media Links 7/19: Is Money Corrupting U.S. Politics? No, Could ‘Pokemon Go’ Break Election Laws?, and more…

CCP And More Doublespeak in Reformland: On Reversing SpeechNow.org Brad Smith We like to think that Mr. Howe is just ill-informed rather than engaged in intentional doublespeak aimed at misleading people about the nature of his lawsuit. Probably the “reformers” have told him that “this is just about disclosure”** – that’s a favorite line. They […]

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Salt Lake Tribune: Utah gives in to First Amendment lawsuit (In the News)

Christopher Smart Allen Dickerson, an attorney for the Center for Competitive Politics, which represented the plaintiffs, warned the law would have a chilling effect on constitutionally protected speech. “Utah’s law is so overbroad that our clients were concerned that participating in any public debate could destroy the privacy of their donors, many of whom believe […]

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Daily Media Links 7/18: Lawmakers launch assault on campaign finance law, Pence Isn’t Going to Solve Trump’s Money Problems, and more…

In the News Salt Lake Tribune: Utah gives in to First Amendment lawsuit Christopher Smart Allen Dickerson, an attorney for the Center for Competitive Politics, which represented the plaintiffs, warned the law would have a chilling effect on constitutionally protected speech. “Utah’s law is so overbroad that our clients were concerned that participating in any […]

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