Failure of Campaign Self-Funders Highlights Once Again that Money Doesn’t Buy Elections

Last week, the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP) published a blog post about the dismal track record of self-funding candidates who run for elected office. In the 2016 election cycle, such candidates only won their races about 12.5% of the time. Suffice it to say, eschewing fundraising does not tend to be a winning strategy. […]

Filed Under: Blog, Issues, Money in Politics, Center for Responsive Politics, CRP, Fundraising, Self-Funders

Gallup Poll Shows Less Than 0.5% of Americans Think Campaign Finance “Reform” is Top Problem Facing the Country

Supporters of greater campaign finance regulation often claim that their issue is of paramount importance to voters. Their evidence is often biased polling. For example, a 2016 Ipsos poll commissioned by Issue One asks respondents to rank the importance of overly broad issue categories like “the economy” and “the military” alongside “reducing the influence of […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Issues, Money in Politics, Donald Trump, Gallup, Issue One, polling

Former FEC Commissioner Ravel Admits Her “Dysfunction” Narrative is Unfounded

Ann Ravel, formerly of the FEC, spent her first day after resigning with fellow progressives at the Center for American Progress. During an event on Wednesday, dramatically titled “Departing Dysfunction,” she delivered remarks and then joined a panel discussion on campaign finance law. Ravel spent much of the event repeating arguments she made while at […]

Filed Under: Blog, Ann Ravel, Center for American Progress, Dysfunction, FEC, federal election commission, Gridlock, Larry Noble

Resigning FEC Commissioner Ravel Never Stopped Her Partisan Grandstanding

FEC Commissioner Ann Ravel announced over Presidents’ Day Weekend that she would resign from her post with only a few months left in her term. In an accompanying New York Times op-ed, she cited the “gridlock” on the Commission as a major reason for resigning and took some parting shots at her colleagues. The first […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Issues, Money in Politics, Ann Ravel, FEC, federal election commission

Demos Study Doesn’t Prove Donors Control Politics, But it Suggests Government Should

The progressive advocacy group Demos released a study examining the demographics of the “elite donor” class, arguing that its makeup unfairly shapes policy formation in America. Their study finds that the biggest political contributors are proportionally more white and male than small and non-donors, that their policy preferences are more conservative than Americans as a […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Issues, Money in Politics, Super PACs, Tax Financed Campaigns Press Release/In the News/Blog, Tax-Financing, Buckley v. Valeo, Demos, Elite Donors, Small Donors

Cato Panel Discusses Free Speech, Media, and Trump

On Friday, the Cato Institute hosted a panel event entitled, “Will President Trump Threaten Free Speech?” The panel consisted of Francis Buckley, a professor at George Mason University’s Scalia School of Law and New York Post columnist; Robert Corn-Revere, a partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, who specializes in First Amendment law; and Flemming Rose, […]

Filed Under: Blog, "Fake News", Cato Institute, Donald Trump, Flemming Rose, Francis Buckley, John Samples, Neil Gorsuch, Robert Corn-Revere

Advocacy Groups Strategize to Deny Free Speech to Other Advocacy Groups in Leaked Memo

At the end of January, The Washington Free Beacon reported on a “private and confidential” memo obtained at a retreat hosted by progressive activist and Hillary Clinton supporter David Brock. Brock is best known as a founder, owner, and board member of numerous progressive activist groups, including American Bridge, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in […]

Filed Under: Blog, American Bridge, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, CREW, David Brock, Democracy Matters, Media Matters for America, Shareblue

Issue One Launches Plan to “Return Government to the American People” By Empowering Government

On Wednesday morning, the self-styled campaign finance “reform” group Issue One hosted an event at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The event, entitled “Returning Government to the People,” was billed as the launch of a new policy initiative to further regulate our campaign finance system. Several members of the press were in attendance […]

Filed Under: Amending Press Release/In the News/Blog, Amending the Constitution, Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits Press Release/In the News/Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, External Relations Sub-Pages, Issues, Money in Politics, Connie Morella, Dan Glickman, Issue One, Ray LaHood, Tim Roemer, Zach Wamp

Massachusetts Businesses and Labor Unions Are Entitled to the Same Free Speech Rights

The ability of businesses and unions to participate in electoral politics has long been a contentious topic, particularly in the years since Citizens United v. FEC. That decision struck down a federal ban on independent expenditures from those entities, but not a ban on direct donations from businesses and unions to candidates and parties (those […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits Press Release/In the News/Blog, Contribution Limits State, Issues, Buckley v. Valeo, Goldwater Institute, Kentucky, Massachusetts

“Drain the Swamp” Means Different Things for Trump Supporters and Speech Regulation Supporters

As the Trump Administration begins to take shape, the media and pro-regulation voices have honed in on the President-elect’s prospective cabinet and its fidelity towards his campaign pledge to “drain the swamp.” According to academics, self-styled campaign finance “reform” groups, and even current lawmakers, Trump is not only failing to drain the swamp, but has […]

Filed Under: Blog, Drain the Swamp, Trump Administration