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 the last days of the election you file a complaint against someone who’s run […]

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In the News: CPI: Top U.S. corporations funneled $185 million to political nonprofits

By Michael Beckel Additionally, the Center for Competitive Politics, which favors campaign finance deregulation, last year launched a website called ProxyFacts.org. It says it provides “the truth about corporate political spending issues” and argues that the ultimate goal of robust disclosure rules is “to remove corporations from the policy playing field altogether.” Read more…

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Daily Media Links 1/16: The Last Rites of Public Campaign Financing?, Conspiracy Theories of Influence, The Rube Goldberg Approach to Campaign Transparency, and more…

In the News Nebraska Law Review: The Last Rites of Public Campaign Financing? By James J. Sample In the wake of the Supreme Court’s 5–4 decision in Arizona Free Enterprise v. Bennett, this Article asserts the current predicament of public campaign financing is such that options that are still on the table under the Court’s First Amendment jurisprudence are, […]

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Daily Media Links 1/15: Actions Speak Louder than Words, WSJ: Criminal Charges Not Expected in IRS Probe, Food industry lobby challenges state disclosure law as unconstitutional, and more…

CCP Actions Speak Louder than Words By Luke Wachob Yet perhaps we’re witnessing a change of heart from the administration and its allies, if the website of the 501(c)(4) group setup to advocate the President’s policies, Organizing for Action, is any indication. OFA has posted the names of its donors to a virtual “Donor Wall” to thank […]

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Daily Media Links 1/14: Press mulls its right to lie in coverage of SBA List v. Dreihaus, Campaign finance reformers playing whack-a-mole to contain money flood, and more…

In the News Seton Hall Law Review In Defense of “Super PACs” and of the First Amendment By Professor and CCP Academic Advisor Joel M. Gora This article is a defense of “Super PACs” and of the First Amendment principles that they embody, namely, that we need a robust, wide-open and uninhibited discussion of politics and government […]

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Daily Media Links 1/13: Wisconsin Political Speech Victory, Protecting Anonymous Speech Used to be ‘Common Sense’, U.S. justices agree to hear challenge to Ohio speech law, and more…

In the News Wall Street Journal: Wisconsin Political Speech Victory Editorial The quashed subpoenas were sent to Friends of Scott Walker, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce Inc., the Wisconsin Club for Growth, and Citizens for a Strong America, as well as their officers and directors. Judge Peterson’s order doesn’t apply to other subpoena targets, but they can presumably get […]

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In the News: Wall Street Journal: Wisconsin Political Speech Victory

By Editorial The quashed subpoenas were sent to Friends of Scott Walker, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce Inc., the Wisconsin Club for Growth, and Citizens for a Strong America, as well as their officers and directors. Judge Peterson’s order doesn’t apply to other subpoena targets, but they can presumably get the same result if they file a motion with the […]

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Daily Media Links 1/10: Obama donor leading Justice Department’s IRS investigation, Super PAC supporting potential Hillary Clinton campaign raises $4M, NPR: Court To Hear Challenge To Campaign Finance Limits, and more…

Independent Groups Washington Post: Obama donor leading Justice Department’s IRS investigation By Josh Hicks Two Republican lawmakers and a conservative legal group are questioning the Justice Department’s selection of a Democratic donor to lead the agency’s probe into the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of certain advocacy groups during the 2010 and 2012 election cycles. House Oversight Committee Chairman […]

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In the News: Seton Hall Law Review: In Defense of “Super PACs” and of the First Amendment

By Professor and CCP Academic Advisor Joel M. Gora This article is a defense of “Super PACs” and of the First Amendment principles that they embody, namely, that we need a robust, wide-open and uninhibited discussion of politics and government in order to make our democracy work.  Like the famous Citizens United ruling in 2010, Super PACs […]

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Daily Media Links 1/9: A Reply to Brad Smith About the State of the Campaign Finance Reform Debate, Feds pick Obama supporter to lead probe of IRS tea party targeting, What Does Influence Really Look Like?, and more…

In the News More Soft Money Hard Law: A Reply to Brad Smith About the State of the Campaign Finance Reform Debate By Bob Bauer Brad is correct to say that he does not control the headlines of his op-ed. So to the extent that my argument rested on the reference to the IRS “power grab” […]

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