Campaign Legal Center’s Guide Proves Campaign Finance Law is Too Complicated

Justice Kennedy wrote in the Citizens United majority opinion: “The First Amendment does not permit laws that force speakers to retain a campaign finance attorney, conduct demographic marketing research, or seek declaratory rulings before discussing the most salient political issues of our day.” Unfortunately, our laws and regulations are so complex that even having a [...]

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Poll Shows Support for Clear Rules, Not for More Restrictions

On Tuesday, Public Citizen, an advocate for more campaign finance regulations, released the results of a poll aimed at capturing the opinions of likely voters about government regulation of political activity. The poll found that 86 percent of respondents believe it is “important to have clear rules in place concerning the political activity that non-profit [...]

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CPA’s Fluid Methodology

The Center for Political Accountability (CPA) tells us that they are “the only group directly engaging companies to improve disclosure and oversight of their political spending.” To that end, they have released their annual Index of Corporate and Political Disclosure. The Index is an evaluation of the top 300 US companies on 24 variables indicating, [...]

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A Response to Michael G. Miller

Barnard College political science professor Michael G. Miller takes issue with my recent op-ed on Arizona’s Citizens Clean Elections Program, in which I argue that the dearth of contested races in Arizona’s recent primaries suggests a failure of the program to transform politics as advertised, a claim bolstered by the Government Accountability Office (GAO)’s extensive [...]

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New CPA-Zicklin Index Flawed

“Like asking a fox to offer ‘best practices’ for henhouses.” The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) today criticized the newly released 2014 Center for Political Accountability (CPA-Zicklin) index as a “flawed and partisan measure of corporate accountability.” “Treating the CPA-Zicklin Index as a measure of ‘best corporate practices’ is like asking foxes to offer best [...]

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CPA Set to Release 2014 Index

The Center for Political Accountability (“CPA”), in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania’s Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research, is set to release its fourth annual CPA-Zicklin Index.  This Index purports to analyze and rank the corporate accountability and transparency of corporate political spending – ranking companies on a scale of 0 – 100. Since its inception [...]

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Tester’s “Dark Money” Bogeyman

Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) bemoans the difficulties of running for Senate in today’s “post-Citizens United” world. In an event hosted by the Sunlight Foundation and ReThink Media on Tuesday, Tester declared that the “lack of transparency” in campaigns “is real and it is hurting democracy.” All of this “dark money,” he lamented is causing a [...]

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The wit and wisdom of Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders, the Socialist Senator from Vermont, was very upset today when his proposal to amend the Constitution to remove First Amendment protections from most political speech went down. Reports a syncophantic Ed O’Keefe at the Washington Post, “Failing to pass the constitutional amendment this week ‘means that the average American has one vote and [...]

Filed Under: Blog, Bernie Sanders, Ed O'Keefe, Foster Friess, George Soros, Kochs, Penny Pritzker, Sheldon Adelson, Tom Steyer

DoubleSpeak: "Dark Money"

This is the second in a series of posts analyzing the language used in debates about campaign finance laws and regulations. Supporters of increased regulation of campaign financing, like all public policy advocates, have a specific lexicon that they use in order to bolster their arguments and convince the public that action is needed. Unfortunately, [...]

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New Wesleyan-CRP Report Suffers from Old Flaws

The Wesleyan Media Project and the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP) have a new report out on independent spending in 2014 Senate races. Unfortunately, as with previous offerings from Wesleyan and CRP, the report suffers from a number of noteworthy flaws that cloud its analysis. For starters, Wesleyan’s definition of political advertising is much broader [...]

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