Daily Media Links 11/21: ‘Hamilton’ Can Lecture Mike Pence Thanks To Citizens United, Exxon to depose Massachusetts, NY AGs in climate case, and more…

In the News Sioux Falls Argus Leader: 5 looming campaign ethics questions facing South Dakota By Dana Ferguson The sprawling reform package, known in South Dakota as Initiated Measure 22, was designed to limit the influence of outside money in state government. The 34-page law, narrowly passed by voters Nov. 8, creates strict new rules on […]

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Social Science Research Network: The Academy, Campaign Finance, and Free Speech under Fire (In the News)

By Bradley A. Smith
This short essay, part of a symposium on “Free Speech Under Fire” at Brooklyn Law School, argues that academic efforts to fit campaign finance restrictions within the rubric of the First Amendment have distorted First Amendment doctrine, and contributed to a decline in respect for free speech generally. The essay briefly reviews and critiques recent scholarship by Robert Post (“Citizens Divided”), Richard Hasen (“Plutocrats United”), Larry Lessig, and Zephyr Teachout.

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Daily Media Links 11/18: Why Campaign Finance Rules Make Free Speech Expensive For The Little Guy, Experts questioned constitutionality of ballot measure before it went to voters, and more…

In the News Social Science Research Network: The Academy, Campaign Finance, and Free Speech under Fire By Bradley A. Smith This short essay, part of a symposium on “Free Speech Under Fire” at Brooklyn Law School, argues that academic efforts to fit campaign finance restrictions within the rubric of the First Amendment have distorted First Amendment […]

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The Sun Daily: Making Sense – How NOT to lose an election (In the News)

By Tan Siok Choo
Although full spending reports haven’t been submitted, assuming both candidates spent all that they raised, as at Oct 28 this year, Clinton’s war chest totalled an astronomical US$687 million (RM3 billion), more than double Trump’s US$307 million.
Despite blanketing six states – Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Nevada and Iowa – with 299,067 ads supporting Clinton compared with 89,995 ads for Trump, the former secretary of state lost all states except Nevada, Ken Kurson of the Observer noted.
“Money can’t buy love, it can’t buy votes. All it can do is help deliver a message. The voters didn’t want what Clinton offered,” David Keating, president of the Center for Competitive Politics, said.

Filed Under: David Keating, In the News, Quotes CCP

Daily Media Links: Trump team talks of setting up political arm, Out-of-state cash in hot races does little to help Dems, and more…

In the News The Sun Daily: Making Sense – How NOT to lose an election By Tan Siok Choo Although full spending reports haven’t been submitted, assuming both candidates spent all that they raised, as at Oct 28 this year, Clinton’s war chest totalled an astronomical US$687 million (RM3 billion), more than double Trump’s US$307 million. […]

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Daily Media Links 11/16: Trump’s lobbyist ban complicates administration hiring, Initiated measure prompts early announcement for Governor’s race, and more…

CCP Should Candidates Have Control Over Who Can Speak About Elections? By Luke Wachob After losing to Republican John Faso in New York’s 19th congressional district, Teachout wrote an op-ed bemoaning the number of ads run in the race… Calling super PAC ads “annoying” and “negative” is fine for a losing candidate who wants to vent, […]

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Should Candidates Have Control Over Who Can Speak About Elections?

Unsuccessful candidates often blame their loss on an opponent’s spending. Sometimes those complaints are lodged at better-funded candidates, sometimes at the media, and other times at independent groups. So it is with Zephyr Teachout, whose main takeaway from the 2016 election, apparently, is that people talked about it too much. After losing to Republican John […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Issues, Money in Politics, Super PACs, John Faso, Zephyr Teachout, New York

Washington Examiner: Kill the ‘money buys elections’ cliche (In the News)

By Bradley Smith
Consider that Hillary Clinton’s campaign outspent Trump by more than two-to-one. Pro-Clinton ads outnumbered pro-Trump ads by three-to-one. Independent groups (the “super PACs”) supporting Clinton outspent independent groups supporting Trump by three-to-one. The average contribution to Trump was smaller than the average contribution to Clinton. And on and on it goes.
We’re told by campaign finance “reformers” that we must restrict spending in politics so that “people” can have their voices heard. But voters in 2016 ultimately chose the candidate without even a “real” super PAC to speak of.
This tells us two things: First, that money is simply the facilitator by which candidates speak to voters, but that voters will make up their own minds. Second, it shows us that money simply can’t make up for a message that people aren’t interested in. After his defeat, the man in charge of Jeb Bush’s $100 million super PAC remarked of the voters: “They just weren’t buying what we were selling.”
Let’s hope the same goes for tired tropes on money in politics.

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Daily Media Links 11/15: Mainstream Journalists Don’t Care About Free Speech Until Donald Trump Attacks It, SEC should stay out of corporate political disclosure business, and more…

In the News Washington Examiner: Kill the ‘money buys elections’ cliche By Bradley Smith Consider that Hillary Clinton’s campaign outspent Trump by more than two-to-one. Pro-Clinton ads outnumbered pro-Trump ads by three-to-one. Independent groups (the “super PACs”) supporting Clinton outspent independent groups supporting Trump by three-to-one. The average contribution to Trump was smaller than the average […]

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Trump Supporters (and Most Americans) Couldn’t Care Less About His “Self-Funding” Flip Flop

If there’s one thing that’s obvious about the 2016 election cycle, it’s that it was huge for outsider candidates. Besides Donald Trump’s surprise victory, Senator Bernie Sanders also led a strong insurgency against Secretary Hillary Clinton. This phenomenon led to a greater fixation on “money in politics” from the anti-establishment candidates. Democrats, especially Bernie Sanders, […]

Filed Under: Blog, Issues, Money in Politics, Super PACs, Barack Obama, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Self-Funding