Daily Media Links 6/21: How American Politics Went Insane, Pro-Clinton Super PAC Priorities USA Action Raised $12 Million in May, and more…

Political Parties Atlantic: How American Politics Went Insane Jonathan Rauch I don’t have a quick solution to the current mess, but I do think it would be easy, in principle, to start moving in a better direction. Although returning parties and middlemen to anything like their 19th-century glory is not conceivable—or, in today’s America, even […]

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Daily Media Links 6/20: How Democrats are destroying American’s right to free speech, DNC Financial Records Stolen By “Guccifer 2.0”, and more…

CCP Senator Mad Federal Agency Won’t Help him Silence Opponents Scott Blackburn Finally, and perhaps most interestingly, Schumer seems to reveal what this hullaballoo is really about – political speech. It is not the money that, in Schumer’s mind, is causing Americans to be unhappy and “discontent” – it’s the “cascade of ads.” That is, […]

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More Soft Money Hard Law: More on Campaign Finance and the Threat of Darkness: Trumpism and Issues Speech (In the News)

Bob Bauer How this question of “practical application” will affect speakers, or potential speakers, concerned about Trumpism remains to be seen. Perhaps some will say that the regulatory consequences are modest, in some instances “only” mandatory reporting to regulatory authorities of the financing of the communication. Others, less sanguine, will take heightened interest in any […]

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The Hill: The First Amendment and a phony foreign threat (In the News)

Bradley Smith Those favoring retention of Schedule B invoke a familiar bogeyman – “foreign money.” Without Schedule B, they assert, foreign donors could funnel cash to politically active non-profit organizations to influence American elections. In fact, it has always been legal for foreign citizens to contribute to non-profits, and there is simply no evidence that […]

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Daily Media Links 6/17: 5 things I’ve learned from Donald Trump in the past 365 days, Hacked DNC documents may show ugly connections between the party and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, and more…

In the News The Hill: The First Amendment and a phony foreign threat Bradley Smith Those favoring retention of Schedule B invoke a familiar bogeyman – “foreign money.” Without Schedule B, they assert, foreign donors could funnel cash to politically active non-profit organizations to influence American elections. In fact, it has always been legal for […]

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Daily Media Links 6/16: The Climate Police Blink, Why a campaign finance pledge hasn’t gone far in US House race, and more…

In the News Daily Caller: Supreme Court Should Take Voter Guide Case Luke Wachob The law has no benefits to justify these extreme costs. Voters gain nothing from knowing the identities of donors to groups that do not support candidates. These are not campaign donations. Without a link from money being spent to a candidate […]

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SCOTUS Blog: Petition of the day (In the News)

Kate Howard Delaware Strong Families v. Denn Issue: Whether a state’s interest in “increas[ing] . . . information concerning those who support the candidates,” Buckley v. Valeo, permits it to condition a charity’s publication of a nonpartisan voter education guide, which lists all candidates equally and makes no endorsements, upon the immediate and public disclosures […]

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Daily Media Links 6/15: House Votes to Ban IRS from Requiring Nonprofit Donor Lists, D.C.’s board of elections makes it shockingly easy to snoop on your fellow voters, and more…

In the News SCOTUS Blog: Petition of the day Kate Howard Delaware Strong Families v. Denn Issue: Whether a state’s interest in “increas[ing] . . . information concerning those who support the candidates,” Buckley v. Valeo, permits it to condition a charity’s publication of a nonpartisan voter education guide, which lists all candidates equally and […]

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More Soft Money Hard Law: Again Before the Supreme Court: Can There Be “Issues Speech” During Campaigns? (In the News)

Bob Bauer The Supreme Court will soon decide whether to take up a major case about disclosure and this has received little attention—far less than it should. At issue is the clarification of how far government authority extends in requiring the disclosure of the financing of “issues speech”–speech or just information about candidates’ positions that […]

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Daily Media Links 6/14: Roskam IRS Free Speech Bill Will Stop the Next Lois Lerner, Standing by Their Man, and more…

CCP Letter in Support of H.R. 5053 (“Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act”) David Keating More specifically, the measure would eliminate an outdated and ineffective portion of the tax code (Form 990, Schedule B) that serves no legitimate function as a regulatory tool for the agency, puts the privacy of American citizens at […]

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