Daily Media Links 5/31: Civil Rights Movement Is a Reminder That Free Speech Is There to Protect the Weak, Missouri Attorney General to Defend Campaign Finance Changes, and more…

CCP     CCP Earns Highest Rating from Charity Navigator For the third year in a row, the Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) was awarded the highest possible rating by Charity Navigator for “demonstrating strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.” Charity Navigator’s coveted 4-star rating indicates that CCP exceeds industry standards in […]

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CCP Earns Highest Rating from Charity Navigator

For the third year in a row, the Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) was awarded the highest possible rating by Charity Navigator for “demonstrating strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.” Charity Navigator’s coveted 4-star rating indicates that CCP exceeds industry standards in pursuing our mission in a financially efficient way. CCP earned […]

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Daily Media Links 5/30: New law chills charitable giving by violating donors’ privacy, New FEC website aims to simplify access to campaign finance data, and more…

FEC    FedScoop: New FEC website aims to simplify access to campaign finance data  By Ryan Johnston Built in conjunction with General Services Administration office 18F, the updated site presents a striking contrast from the previous version, which grew organically and erratically – and often made life difficult for visitors trying to access campaign finance […]

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Daily Media Links 5/26: Senate confirms Judge Thapar to 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Connecticut House tests limits of regulating ‘dark money,’ and more…

CCP  Gorsuch’s Critics, Aided by an Enabling Media, Are Still Mischaracterizing Him  By Joe Albanese This week, the Supreme Court declined to hear a case challenging restrictions on political party fundraising and spending in the McCain-Feingold Act… Although this outcome represented a victory for campaign finance restrictionists, they still found a target of derision in […]

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How to Problematize Issue Advocacy

A recent Pacific Standard article offers a master class in how to spin run-of-the-mill issue advocacy into a spectacular conspiracy. “Awash in Dark Money, a Western Think Tank is Leading the Charge Against the Antiquities Act” is a must read, though not for the reasons the author intends. The subject – or target – of […]

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Gorsuch’s Critics, Aided by an Enabling Media, Are Still Mischaracterizing Him

This week, the Supreme Court declined to hear a case challenging restrictions on political party fundraising and spending in the McCain-Feingold Act. This left in place a lower-court ruling upholding these restrictions. Following the Court’s announcement, multiple commentators have noted the implications of the decision on future challenges to McCain-Feingold and even the strength of […]

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Daily Media Links 5/25: Why the High Court Sidestepped a Soft Money Case, FEC official worried about ‘foreign money’ spent on Facebook election ads, and more…

Supreme Court   U.S. News & World Report: Why the High Court Sidestepped a Soft Money Case  By Joseph P. Williams Gorsuch’s record, [Jonathan Turley] says, indicates he more likely views the Louisiana GOP case as a stimulating intellectual puzzle that could expand the boundaries of the First Amendment rather than a sop to Republicans […]

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Washington Examiner: New study fails to prove that money sways politicians, despite activists’ excitement (In the News)

By Joe Albanese and Brad Smith
“Money in politics” obsessives have long been frustrated at the lack of scholarly support for the notion that political spending directly alters legislative votes, which would help them to push for greater political speech restrictions. This complaint is a central theme of a new report by the progressive Roosevelt Institute, which the institute claims finally proves the link between money and policy.
The authors look at House Democrats who voted for financial regulations in the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act, but then voted to amend it in later years. They claim that political spending by the “finance industry” caused these Democrats to suspiciously “change their minds” – as if nobody can support a law while hoping to improve parts of it. The study’s methods discredit its conclusion…
Restricting how campaigns are financed necessarily involves limiting the speech and political activity needed to bring about political change. If this is the best evidence for claiming systemic corruption, there is little corresponding benefit from regulating campaign finance.

Filed Under: Brad Smith, In the News, Joe Albanese, Published Articles

Daily Media Links 5/24: Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens jumps to the defense of dark money, ‘Soft Money’ Rules Upheld by Supreme Court, and more…

In the News    Washington Examiner: New study fails to prove that money sways politicians, despite activists’ excitement  By Joe Albanese and Brad Smith “Money in politics” obsessives have long been frustrated at the lack of scholarly support for the notion that political spending directly alters legislative votes, which would help them to push for […]

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Illinois S.B. 1424; Taxpayer-Financed Campaigns – A Failed and Costly Policy

The Honorable Daniel J. Burke The Honorable Robert Rita The Honorable Joe Sosnowski Re:  S.B. 1424; Taxpayer-Financed Campaigns – A Failed and Costly Policy Dear Chairperson Burke, Vice-Chairperson Rita, Republican Spokesperson Sosnowski, and Members of the House Executive Committee: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics (the “Center”),[1] I respectfully submit the following comments […]

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