Brad Smith

Daily Caller: When Does A Candidate Become A Candidate (In the News)

Brad Smith So “testing the waters,” which doesn’t appear in federal law, is a creation of the FEC to assist potential candidates. It was not intended to subject every person who thinks about running for office to hundreds of pages of FEC rules dictating how a political campaign is run. CLC wants the FEC to […]

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Lansing State Journal: Private giving encourages participation (In the News)

Bradley Smith Americans have — and should have — the right to call for changes in public policy without interference from the government. On Election Day, we vote in private booths to ensure that no one is harassed for their political views and everyone feels safe participating. But these days, our ability to participate in […]

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Washington Post: Elections and campaigns are not the same thing (In the News)

George Will Reformers who resent the existence of super PACs, and the reformers’ critics who oppose the reformers’ regulations of politics that have made super PACs necessary, should ponder Bradley A. Smith’s “Separation of Campaign and State” in the George Washington Law Review of November 2013. He argues not just that the quality of America’s […]

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USA Today: Super PACs are not the problem: Opposing view (In the News)

Bradley A. Smith People hate political spending the same way that children hate spinach, but it turns out to be good to have. Studies show that spending increases voter knowledge and turnout, but it’s not cheap. One recent study showed it cost roughly $87 a vote to increase turnout. Unfortunately, current campaign-finance laws make it […]

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Orlando Sentinel: Citizens United reinforced U.S. democracy (In the News)

By Bradley A. Smith Would you want the government to decide how much information gets published about politicians and issues during campaigns? Do you want incumbents to decide when citizen groups can criticize politicians? Should government have the power to imprison you if you publish a book or produce a movie criticizing a politician? If you answered […]

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Library of Law and Liberty: Why Should ‘Electoral Integrity’ Exclude Freedom of Speech? (In the News)

By Bradley A. Smith Having rejected the traditional justifications for campaign-finance laws, Post attempts to build a case for them around the First Amendment “value” or “principle” of “electoral integrity.” He defines “electoral integrity” as “a property of a system of representation, in which the public trusts that representatives will be attentive to pubic opinion.” Quoting the political theorist […]

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OC Register: Maligning legacy of Citizens United v. FEC (In the News)

By Bradley A. Smith Money is a key ingredient in all First Amendment freedoms, especially in modern political campaigns. Just as no one would react to a law limiting how much can be spent building churches or publishing newspapers by saying, “money isn’t religion” or “money isn’t press,” no one should dismiss the free speech implications of regulating […]

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Reuters: Citizens United gives freedom of speech back to the people (In the News)

By Bradley A. Smith  It’s not merely that dire predictions about Citizens United have not come true. It is that Citizens United is having positive effects on U.S. elections.   The most obvious is in political competition. Citizens United has made it far easier for challengers to compete with incumbents, particularly challengers in late-breaking races. The first two […]

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In the News: NY Times: No Compelling Government Interest in Limits

NY Times: No Compelling Government Interest in Limits By Bradley A. Smith The Supreme Court has always recognized that limits on campaign contributions infringe on First Amendment rights, just as limits on the size of a newspaper, the number of posts on a blog, or the number of speeches a candidate can deliver would limit […]

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In the News: Wall Street Journal: The Next Battle in the Fight for Free Speech

WSJ: The Next Battle in the Fight for Free Speech By Bradley A. Smith No doubt you’ve heard of Oprah—one doesn’t even need to say her last name. She is so influential that a study by University of Maryland Profs. Craig Garthwaite and Tim Moore found that her endorsement of Barack Obama was worth more […]

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