Daily Media Links 11/2: Anonymous Speech Is More Important Than Ever. TED Proves It, Despite Citizens United, Corporate Super PAC Contributions Trail Individuals, Study Finds, and more…

In the News Learn Liberty: Anonymity: The Greatest Weapon Against Oppression By Learn Liberty (script prepared by CCP Chairman and Co-Founder Bradley A. Smith) Does our right to freedom of speech also guarantee our right to be anonymous? When most people think of anonymity, they usually think of the internet, the trolls who dwell in the […]

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Super PAC Funding Comes Overwhelmingly from Individuals, Again

Data from the 2016 election continues to undermine a key prediction made by critics of Citizens United in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s famous 2010 ruling. Once again, super PACs are being funded overwhelmingly by citizens, not corporations. As reported by The Wall Street Journal, “A study by the Conference Board’s Committee for Economic […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Issues, Money in Politics, Super PACs, Alan Grayson, Buckley v. Valeo, Committee for Economic Development, President Obama, SpeechNow.org v. FEC, The Conference Board, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal

Activists are Already Trying to Rewrite the History of the 2016 Election

The 2016 election will conclude next week, but efforts to establish an interpretative narrative of it have already begun. After failing to make their cause a key issue of the campaign, supporters of greater government regulation of political speech have unsurprisingly begun to paint 2016 as an election year in which shady plutocrats further consolidated […]

Filed Under: Blog, Issues, Money in Politics, Super PACs, eugene mccarthy, Paul Blumenthal, The Huffington Post

What would happen if the media talked about itself the way it talks about “dark money” groups?

A shadowy organization based in Washington, D.C., recently spent an undisclosed sum attempting to swing elections in far-off places such as South Dakota and California. Due to a loophole in campaign finance law, this spending does not have to be reported to the Federal Election Commission. That means the public will never know who is […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Dark Money, federal election commission, The Washington Post, California, Maryland, Missouri, South Dakota, Washington

The Federalist: Despite Investigations, Obama’s IRS Has Never Stopped Targeting Conservatives (In the News)

By Paul Jossey
Evidence suggests targeting will continue and indeed spread -even assuming the IRS henceforth uses objective criteria to approve tax-exempt applications.
It is important to note the structural factors that caused the scandal and assess the likelihood of recurrence. As Kimberly Strassel documents in “The Intimidation Game,” the Citizens United case fueled a cauldron of pressure on federal agencies having regulatory authority over political speech. The president, Senate Democrats including Chuck Schumer, Max Baucus, and Sheldon Whitehouse, and campaign finance reform groups blitzed the federal apparatus to stop uninvited political speech…
The IRS got the message and “fixed it.” Yet the same forces “up in arms” over Citizens United are still “screaming.”

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Ricochet: You Picked A Fine Time to Go Nuts, GOP (Podcast) (In the News)

By Mona Charen and Jay Nordlinger
Did Citizens United hand the US electoral system to nefarious corporate interests and “dark money”? We ask former FEC chairman and free speech advocate Bradley Smith. His lucid explication makes even this murky realm of the law very clear.

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Daily Media Links 11/1: GOP Asks 11th Circuit to Toss Contribution Limits, How Clinton and Trump could change the way cash flows into elections, and more…

In the News The Federalist: Despite Investigations, Obama’s IRS Has Never Stopped Targeting Conservatives By Paul Jossey Evidence suggests targeting will continue and indeed spread -even assuming the IRS henceforth uses objective criteria to approve tax-exempt applications. It is important to note the structural factors that caused the scandal and assess the likelihood of recurrence. […]

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