In the News: Bradwarthen.com: Making ‘Citizens United’ hip, glib, funny and nonthreatening

By Brad Warthen I just got around to this video from yesterday celebrating the Citizens United decision four years and one day ago. Yes, I said, “celebrating.” As in, “Yippee!,” as opposed to what I usually hear about it, which is more in the Egon Spengler range, as in, “Try to imagine all life as […]

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Daily Media Links 1/22: Four Years Later: Citizens United Has Created More Competitive Elections, Citizens United Four Years Later, `Free Speech’ or `Legalized Bribery’, Citizens United is 4, world inexplicably has not ended yet, and more…

In the News The Libertarian Republic: Four Years Later: Citizens United Has Created More Competitive Elections By Joe Trotter The Supreme Court’s decision overturned blatantly unconstitutional parts of a law designed to prevent freedom of association among individuals with the purpose of speaking out about politics. At its core, Citizens United was about whether the government could ban a nonprofit […]

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In the News: Reason: Remy: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Citizens United

By Nick Gillespie The controversial Citizens United Supreme Court decision, which struck down many restrictions on campaign finance practices, is four years old. When the ruling came down, blowhards such as Keith Olbermann (then on MSNBC) railed that it was “our Dred Scott,” likening it to the notorious and despicable antebellum ruling that blacks had no rights whites need respect. The […]

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In the News: Cleveland Plain Dealer: Should politicians have the right to lie? U.S. Supreme Court could decide in Ohio case

By Sabrina Eaton In a column about the upcoming Supreme Court case on the Center for Competitive Politics website, Smith argues Ohio’s law “makes a sham out of the idea of due process,” and that complaints made under the law are usually dropped after the the election because they’ve already served their purpose of silencing critics. “Ohio’s false statements law […]

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In the News: Hot Air: Video: Citizens United is 4, world inexplicably has not ended yet

By Mary Katharine Ham Remember how bad the Citizens United decision was going to be for America? It was so bad no one would ever win an election fair and square again. It was so bad any ol’ billionaire could just buy any election he wanted. It was so bad it was worth President Obama […]

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In the News: Politico: Citizens United, 4 years later

By Byron Tau The ruling has helped reshape the campaign finance landscape by paving the way for megadonors and campaign consultants to wrest power away from the K Street fundraising circuit and the political parties, but just not in the way critics first envisioned. “Citizens United has become the all-purpose boogeyman,” said Bradley Smith, an election law expert, founder of […]

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In the News: Bloomberg: Citizens United Four Years Later, `Free Speech’ or `Legalized Bribery’

By MARK SILVA The anniversary of the ruling also has inspired some creative commentary, including this web video from the Center for Competitive Politics, featuring a YouTube star of sorts, GoRemy: (On corporations as people, The AFL-CIO doesn’t have two arms, he notes. Nor does Citigroup have two eyes — though, actually it does have two I’s.) “Free […]

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Daily Media Links 1/21: Citizens United upheld free speech rights for everybody, not just the elite, 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Citizens United, IRS Targeting and 2014, and more…

In the News Washington Examiner: Citizens United upheld free speech rights for everybody, not just the elite By Luke Wachob Once upon a time, not long ago, a government claimed that it could ban books, films, or other forms of speech if they contained a single line of political advocacy and were funded by corporations or unions. In […]

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Daily Media Links 1/17: Who decides if a political ad is a lie?, IRS Tightens Rules Regarding Tax‑Exempt Social Welfare Groups, and more…

In the News NY Post: Who decides if a political ad is a lie? By William McGurn Bradley Smith, a law professor who served as chairman of the Federal Elections Commission and now runs the Center for Competitive Politics, says the whole thing is a game. Here’s how it works: If you’re a candidate, he says, in […]

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In the News: Husch Blackwell: IRS Tightens Rules Regarding Tax Exempt Social Welfare Groups

The aim of this change is to add bright-line rules to what is currently a fact-intensive, and arguably subjective, inquiry. The draft rules come in the midst of congressional investigations and other attention into allegations that the IRS subjected applications for tax-exempt status submitted by certain partisan groups to heightened scrutiny. Currently, there is considerable debate among policy […]

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