Daily Media Links 8/26: The Government Shouldn’t Get to Do Unconstitutional Things by Only Doing Them for Short Periods of Time, Free Speech Is the Basis of a True Education, and more…

CCP Speech These Days: It’s Just Too Damn Loud… Alex Baiocco What Schweber is really suggesting is that the best way to encourage “reasoned dialogue” is for the government to limit speech that it views as “inherently louder than others.” Continuing to use internet discussion as his metaphor, he claims that internet speech platforms must […]

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CCP Releases Analysis of Initiated Measure 22: The “South Dakota Government Accountability and Anti-Corruption Act”

Alexandria, VA – The Center for Competitive Politics, America’s largest nonprofit focusing on public education and defense of First Amendment political speech rights, released an analysis today by Senior Fellow Eric Wang regarding South Dakota’s Initiated Measure 22, otherwise known as the “South Dakota Government Accountability and Anti-Corruption Act.” To read the analysis, click here […]

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Daily Media Links 8/25: Bernie Sanders’s Post-Campaign Political Revolution Is Already Imploding, Cuomo signs this year’s ethics bill, highlighting Citizens United reform, and more…

Independent Groups USA Today: Even Trump and Clinton need big-money donors Richard L. Hasen None of these things — Trump courting super PAC donors, Clinton getting paid by the wealthiest companies as a private citizen, or Clinton as secretary of State giving access to big donors to her foundation — amounts to criminal activity or […]

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Analysis of the “South Dakota Government Accountability and Anti-Corruption Act” (2016 Initiated Measure 22)

PDF of analysis available here By Eric Wang, Senior Fellow[1] This November, South Dakotans will be asked to approve or reject ten statewide ballot questions. Among these is Initiated Measure 22, which would make approximately 70 changes to the state’s campaign finance and lobbying laws. While some of these provisions are minor, others set forth […]

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Speech These Days: It’s Just Too Damn Loud…

Howard Schweber, a Professor of Political Science and Legal Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, flippantly claims that the most imminent threat to our democracy is speech that is, in his opinion, too “loud.” According to a recent blog by Schweber in The Huffington Post, some speakers in our democracy, like some commenters on the […]

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Daily Media Links 8/24: Colorado’s campaign-finance bullies threaten free speech, Total Presidential Fundraising 15 Percent Below 2012, and more…

CCP Donor Privacy Frees Groups to Criticize Government Luke Wachob MapLight casts this finding in as negative a tone as possible, trumpeting that “‘dark money’ groups were more likely to pay for attack ads than other political organizations.” Another way to write this would be: Groups that are forced to report the names and home […]

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Donor Privacy Frees Groups to Criticize Government

MapLight, an organization that advocates for tax-financed campaigns and stricter disclosure laws, published an analysis of presidential primary ads last week that inadvertently bolsters the case for donor privacy. Amusingly, the folks at MapLight appear to be unaware of this irony. MapLight reported that in the 2016 presidential primaries – in 23 media markets spanning […]

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Daily Media Links 8/23: Freedom Caucus’ Jordan Eyes Another Push to Oust IRS Chief, Civil Liberties Union says Cuomo reform bill is unconstitutional, and more…

Free Speech Federalist: The Coming Free Speech Apocalypse Daniel Payne In America, you can say just about any offensive thing imaginable, directed at just about any group or person imaginable, and you’ll be okay. Add to that the strong protections for political speech that statute and Supreme Court precedent have established, and America is almost […]

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Daily Media Links 8/22: Bernie Sanders’ New Political Group Raises Campaign Finance Questions, Why Corporations Have an Important Role to Play in Political and Social Issues, and more…

CCP Warren and Whitehouse Deceive on Oil Industry Contributions Joe Albanese But for the sake of demonstrating how easy it is to spin a lawmaker’s campaign contributions, let’s give Senators Warren and Whitehouse the same treatment using data again from the Center for Responsive Politics. The Senators clearly support investigations against Exxon that could lead […]

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Warren and Whitehouse Deceive on Oil Industry Contributions

In their recent Washington Post op-ed, Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) shower praise on the continuing efforts by Democratic attorneys general to criminalize speech they disagree with by investigating Exxon’s alleged climate change skepticism. But the main subject of the Senators’ ire was Congressional Republicans’ attempt to fight back against this egregious […]

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