Daily Media Links 5/23: Supreme Court Affirms Ban on ‘Soft Money’ in Campaigns, FEC member urges escalated Trump-Russia inquiry, and more…

Supreme Court   Los Angeles Times: Gorsuch dissents as Supreme Court upholds ban on big-money gifts to parties  By David G. Savage New Justice Neil M. Gorsuch joined Clarence Thomas in dissent Monday when the Supreme Court rejected an appeal from a Republican Party lawyer seeking to strike down limits on big-money contributions to political […]

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Daily Media Links 5/22: U.S. Supreme Court leaves key campaign finance restriction in place, U.S. senators seek lifetime ban on ex-Congress members lobbying, and more…

Supreme Court   Reuters: U.S. Supreme Court leaves key campaign finance restriction in place   By Lawrence Hurley The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned away a Republican challenge to a federal campaign finance restriction that prevents political parties from raising unlimited amounts of cash to spend on supporting candidates. The Republican Party of Louisiana had […]

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Daily Media Links 5/19: Judge: Lerner’s tea party-targeting testimony can stay secret – for now, Democrats Think Their First Amendment Is Different (And Superior), and more…

In the News        Capital Research Center:  “Dark Money” Funding Drops to 2.9% of All 2016 Campaign Spending By CRC Staff In a new issue brief, the Center for Competitive Politics reveals that so-called “dark money” funding decreased to only 2.9% of all campaign spending during the 2016 general election. Further analysis shows that “dark […]

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Daily Media Links 5/18: The Political Parties and Their Problems, Democrats launch ads against Frelinghuysen after he outed activist to her employer, and more…

CCP           New CCP Issue Brief: “Dark Money” Drops to 2.9% of Campaign Spending in 2016 Among other things, CCP’s Brief found: “Dark money” declined in both absolute and relative terms from the last presidential election cycle, down to $184 million from $309 million. “Dark money” accounted for only 2.9% of all campaign expenditures in […]

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Daily Media Links 5/17: Dark Money Opponent Hillary Clinton Forms Group to Handle Dark Money, Potential 2020 Candidates Are Already Spending Big On Online Ads. Here’s Why., and more…

CCP           Roosevelt Institute Study on “Political Money” is Not the Revelation It Claims to Be By Joe Albanese The authors of this paper – and its enthusiastic backers – declare it to be a groundbreaking work that definitively proves the relationship between political money and policymaking. An examination of what […]

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Daily Media Links 5/16: IRS officials are really good at protecting their own privacy, Hillary Clinton Starts Onward Together, a New Political Group, and more…

In the News           Greeley Tribune: We should oppose Ken Buck’s rotten proposal to dismantle the FEC By Brad Smith Buck’s proposal would give the president the power to choose the pivotal fifth vote. In theory, no more than two commissioners could be from the same party, so no party would […]

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Daily Media Links 5/11: Senate Custom Could Trip Up G.O.P.’s March to Reshape Courts, Public financing of elections, and more…

In the News           SCOTUSblog: Thursday round-up By Edith Roberts In an op-ed in the Washington Examiner, Bradley Smith urges the court to grant review in a campaign finance case challenging restrictions on contributions to state and local political parties, arguing that it “makes no sense to send state and local parties to the […]

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Capital Research Center: “Dark Money” Funding Drops to 2.9% of All 2016 Campaign Spending (In the News)

By CRC Staff
In a new issue brief, the Center for Competitive Politics reveals that so-called “dark money” funding decreased to only 2.9% of all campaign spending during the 2016 general election. Further analysis shows that “dark money” from nonprofit groups has never exceeded 5% of campaign spending in the last six election cycles, and continues to decline.
A part of the larger debate on money in politics, “dark money” is election funds spent by politically active nonprofit groups that are not required by law to report the private information of donors for non-earmarked contributions.

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Bloomberg BNA: Nearly Half of Recent Campaign Money From Undisclosed Sources (In the News)

By Kenneth P. Doyle
Undisclosed donors provided nearly half of the more than $20 million in outside campaign spending in three closely watched, current congressional election races, a Bloomberg BNA review of Federal Election Commission reports found…
In reality, the CCP study said, nonprofits that spend money in campaigns but disclose none of their donors consistently account for less than 5 percent of reported political spending. Regulated political committees and others, like the media, “continue to have the most prominent voices in elections” the CCP said.
Allowing a small role for nonprofits doesn’t “drown out” candidates or undermine disclosure but adds to the diversity of views necessary in a healthy democracy, the CCP said.

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Supporters of Public Financing Still Cannot Make a Convincing Case

A debate about taxpayer-financing of political campaigns has sprung up in New Hampshire over the last few weeks. The discussion began when former Vice President Joe Biden visited the Granite State in late April, making headlines when he told a crowd that taxpayer financing would “change the whole damn world.” Progressives have long touted publicly-funded […]

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