Steyer’s Plan to Challenge Trump is Healthy for Free Speech Environment

In response to Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton on Election Day, environmental activist and Democratic donor Tom Steyer has promised to continue to spend his vast wealth to combat the President-elect’s energy agenda, which he predicts will threaten his own environmental protection agenda. According to an interview with Reuters, Steyer is willing to spend […]

Filed Under: Blog, AGs United for Clean Power, climate change, Donald Trump, Eric Schneiderman, ExxonMobil, Tom Steyer, U.S. Virgin Islands, Massachusetts, New York

“Fake News” Debacle Shows That Media Needs to Earn Trust, Not Police Speech

Recent stories about internet-enabled “fake news” turned a discussion about fact-checking in the digital age into an indictment of the objectivity of “real news.” News outlets not only reported on the phenomenon, but took steps to actively combat it. The New York Times and The Huffington Post created their own primers on fake news and […]

Filed Under: Blog, Media Watch, "Fake News", Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Reason, Saturday Night Live, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, The New York Times

In Defense of Protests

After the election of Donald Trump, those unhappy with the results began protesting across the country. The #NotMyPresident movement is almost certainly futile – the election has been fairly decided – but these protesters, like all Americans, have the right to peaceably assemble and speak out, regardless of the content of their message. This is […]

Filed Under: Blog, Issues, Money in Politics, #NotMyPresident, Donald Trump, George Soros, Protests

Should Candidates Have Control Over Who Can Speak About Elections?

Unsuccessful candidates often blame their loss on an opponent’s spending. Sometimes those complaints are lodged at better-funded candidates, sometimes at the media, and other times at independent groups. So it is with Zephyr Teachout, whose main takeaway from the 2016 election, apparently, is that people talked about it too much. After losing to Republican John […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Issues, Money in Politics, Super PACs, John Faso, Zephyr Teachout, New York

Trump Supporters (and Most Americans) Couldn’t Care Less About His “Self-Funding” Flip Flop

If there’s one thing that’s obvious about the 2016 election cycle, it’s that it was huge for outsider candidates. Besides Donald Trump’s surprise victory, Senator Bernie Sanders also led a strong insurgency against Secretary Hillary Clinton. This phenomenon led to a greater fixation on “money in politics” from the anti-establishment candidates. Democrats, especially Bernie Sanders, […]

Filed Under: Blog, Issues, Money in Politics, Super PACs, Barack Obama, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Self-Funding

Trump Exposes the Myth that Money Buys Elections

Alexandria, VA – The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP), America’s largest nonprofit defending First Amendment political speech rights, released the following statement on the results of the 2016 Presidential Election, in which Donald Trump was elected despite being vastly outspent by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: “The idea that money buys elections was disproven […]

Filed Under: Blog, Issues, Money in Politics, Press Releases, Super PACs, 2016 Presidential Election, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton

Money Doesn’t Buy Elections: 2016 Presidential Election Edition

With the election of Donald Trump and the defeat of Hillary Clinton, we are reminded once again that the role of money in politics cannot buy results, and that no matter how much money is spent or political ads are run, it is voters who decide the race. The following are just a few facts […]

Filed Under: Blog, Issues, Money in Politics, Super PACs, 2016 Presidential Election, Conservative Solutions PAC, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Priorities USA Action, Right to Rise, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania

Super PAC Funding Comes Overwhelmingly from Individuals, Again

Data from the 2016 election continues to undermine a key prediction made by critics of Citizens United in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s famous 2010 ruling. Once again, super PACs are being funded overwhelmingly by citizens, not corporations. As reported by The Wall Street Journal, “A study by the Conference Board’s Committee for Economic […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Issues, Money in Politics, Super PACs, Alan Grayson, Buckley v. Valeo, Committee for Economic Development, President Obama, v. FEC, The Conference Board, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal

Activists are Already Trying to Rewrite the History of the 2016 Election

The 2016 election will conclude next week, but efforts to establish an interpretative narrative of it have already begun. After failing to make their cause a key issue of the campaign, supporters of greater government regulation of political speech have unsurprisingly begun to paint 2016 as an election year in which shady plutocrats further consolidated […]

Filed Under: Blog, Issues, Money in Politics, Super PACs, eugene mccarthy, Paul Blumenthal, The Huffington Post

What would happen if the media talked about itself the way it talks about “dark money” groups?

A shadowy organization based in Washington, D.C., recently spent an undisclosed sum attempting to swing elections in far-off places such as South Dakota and California. Due to a loophole in campaign finance law, this spending does not have to be reported to the Federal Election Commission. That means the public will never know who is […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Dark Money, federal election commission, The Washington Post, California, Maryland, Missouri, South Dakota, Washington