Daily Media Links 9/28: Neither Money Nor Trump Worked In Alabama, Business group challenging Missouri campaign finance rules, and more…

In the News Morning Consult: Lawmakers See Need to Enhance Transparency of Online Political Ads By Edward Graham Bradley Smith, a former Republican FEC chairman and the current chairman of the Center for Competitive Politics, cautioned against a rush to impose new disclosure requirements that might limit First Amendment rights before understanding the extend of […]

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Shadowy Network of Fake Charities Coordinates with Corporation and U.S. Senator to Launch Assault on Health Care Bill

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Daily Media Links 9/27: People Are Worried About DHS Plans To Gather Social Media Info, Bill would make it illegal to lie in political ads, and more…

CCP CCP Statement on Russian Purchases of Internet Ads By Bradley A. Smith The extent and impact of foreign ad buying is not yet known. A central question so far is whether current requirements for political ads on social media are adequate. Federal law requires disclaimers on paid ads supporting or opposing candidates, including on the internet. […]

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Daily Media Links 9/25: Why Facebook Will Struggle to Regulate Political Ads, Don’t miss the fine print in this big California campaign disclosure bill, and more…

ICYMI 2017 DISCLOSE Act Would Unconstitutionally Restrict Speech, CCP Analysis Finds The Center for Competitive Politics released an analysis today by Senior Fellow Eric Wang regarding the latest iteration of the DISCLOSE Act. Similar proposals have been introduced in Congress dating back to 2010 with the aim of creating a “deterrent effect” on political speech. […]

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Daily Media Links 9/22: Democratic senators preparing bill to deal with online political advertising, Facebook to overhaul political ads after threat of U.S. regulation, and more…

In the News The Hill: Congress should protect political speech by ignoring Disclose Act By Bradley Smith and Eric Wang This latest allegation of foreign interference with our elections inevitably will be used as fodder to support the newest iteration of the so-called “Disclose Act.” Over the summer, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) introduced a tweaked […]

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Daily Media Links 9/21: After Russian Facebook ads, Democrats seek new FEC rules on social media politics, Fate Is Uncertain for House GOP’s Campaign Finance Riders, and more…

CCP Cato Institute Holds First Amendment-Focused Constitution Day Symposium By Joe Albanese The first panel, titled “First Amendment Challenges,” was moderated by Ilya Shapiro, a Senior Fellow in Constitutional Studies at Cato and the Editor-in-Chief of the Cato Supreme Court Review. That discussion featured Clay Calvert, Director of the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project […]

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Daily Media Links 9/20: Dressing Down Minnesota over its Dress Code for Voters, The rush – and risks – to regulating online political ads, and more…

Supreme Court American Thinker: Dressing Down Minnesota over its Dress Code for Voters By Wen Fa When you show up to vote in the North Star State, you are forbidden from wearing any apparel with a design, logo, or slogan with even the slightest hint of a political connotation, even if the slogan doesn’t have […]

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Daily Media Links 9/19: Both parties to move on Facebook and other tech giants, A chilling study shows how hostile college students are toward free speech, and more…

In the News Law360: Texan FEC Pick Unlikely To Be Derailed By Tweet Drama By Michelle Casady Trainor has previously represented conservative group Empower Texans, which has fought the Texas Ethics Commission on the disclosure of political donors. But David Keating, president of the nonprofit group Center for Competitive Politics, an organization whose stated mission […]

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Law360: Texan FEC Pick Unlikely To Be Derailed By Tweet Drama (In the News)

By Michelle Casady  
Trainor has previously represented conservative group Empower Texans, which has fought the Texas Ethics Commission on the disclosure of political donors.
But David Keating, president of the nonprofit group Center for Competitive Politics, an organization whose stated mission is to “promote and defend First Amendment rights” said there is a big difference between being a lawyer, paid to advocate for your client, and being a commissioner on the FEC. Naysayers may be conflating the two, he said.
Keating, who said he has met Trainor on a few occasions while in Austin testifying before the Texas Ethics Commission, said Trainer is “very knowledgeable” on election law.
“There are groups that don’t like him, so they’re trying to dig up what they can to make it controversial,” he said. “Trey clearly is someone who believes in free speech. I think he’s going to apply the law as it’s written and not come up with a hair-brained interpretation of what the law is.”
Keating said that although it is historically not common, senators have been able to block some “highly qualified” candidates for the post in the past, such as one put forward by Obama who had to withdraw his nomination, he said. He said he doesn’t think that will happen in Trainor’s case.

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Daily Media Links 9/18: The Unaccountable IRS, Bill allowing unlimited political spending by corporations, unions passes state Senate, and more…

IRS Weekly Standard: The Unaccountable IRS By The Editors On September 8, Donald Trump’s Justice Department announced it would not be reopening an investigation into the conduct of Lois Lerner, the IRS official responsible for targeting and harassing conservative groups in the 2010 and 2012 elections. That investigation had ended in 2015, when Barack Obama’s […]

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