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In the News: Frum Forum: If Corporations Can be Taxed, They Can Lobby

If Corporations Can be Taxed, They Can Lobby By Joe Trotter As long as the private sector is subject to government regulation, it will be involved in the political process. It is its constitutional right. The Occupy Wall Street protestors disagree. Hoisting signs with slogans such as, “I’ll believe a corporation is a person when […]

Filed Under: Corporate Governance Press Release/In the News/Blog, Federal In the News, In the News, Published Articles

In the News: Daily Caller: Campaign-finance McCarthyism

Campaign-finance McCarthyism By Bradley A. Smith As the 2012 campaign heats up, it seems like everywhere we hear warnings of “shadowy groups” pumping millions into campaigns, “and nobody knows where that money is coming from.” The hyperbole from campaign finance reformers is that the public will never know who funds political advocacy, which they blame […]

Filed Under: Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Federal In the News, In the News, Published Articles

In the News: USA Today: Letter to the Editor: Anonymous speech needed, has history

Anonymous speech needed, has history By Sean Parnell There are many reasons other than “corrupt” ones that a donor to an independent nonprofit organization might want to remain anonymous (“Our view: Presidential race not the place for secret donors”). Citizens United, the 2010 ruling that famously led President Obama to wag a disapproving finger at […]

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In the News: Washington Examiner: Citizens United, shareholder paternalism and arts funding

Citizens United, Shareholding Activists, And Political Speech: What Corporate Managers Need To Know By Bradley A. Smith Citizens United, the 2010 ruling that famously led President Obama to wag a disapproving finger at the Supreme Court during his State of the Union address, held that businesses have a right to engage in political campaigning. Although […]

Filed Under: Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Corporate Governance Press Release/In the News/Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, In the News, Published Articles

In the News: Daily Caller: Common Cause’s selective outrage

Common Causes Selective Outrage By Sean Parnell Self-styled government watchdog Common Cause has demanded the IRS investigate the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), claiming the group has engaged in lobbying, in violation of the laws governing 501(c)(3) organizations. The allegations are not only baseless, they expose Common Cause as an organization less interested in pushing […]

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In the News: Columbus Dispatch: Order is attempt to muzzle contractors

Order is attempt to muzzle contractors By Bradley A. Smith The White House has quietly been circulating a draft executive order that would impose new regulations on the political speech of federal government contractors. The order is not just a solution in search of a problem; it is a problem. The Obama administration claims that […]

Filed Under: Disclosure Federal, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Federal In the News, In the News, Published Articles

In the News: Lacrosse Tribune: Welfare for candidates doesn’t help the process

Welfare for candidates doesn’t help the process By Sean Parnell The race between Justice David Prosser and challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg was supposed to be an example of how so-called “reformers” tell us election campaigns are supposed to be. The two candidates, unsullied by private contributions, would be able to focus on issues of broad interest […]

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In the News: Wall Street Journal: Government Shouldn’t Play Election Favorites

Wall Street Journal: Government Shouldn’t Play Election Favorites By Bradley A. Smith Should the government choose sides in elections? That is the core question at stake today when the Supreme Court hears oral argument in McComish v. Bennett, challenging Arizona’s tax financing system for political candidates. Historically, the government’s role in elections was limited to […]

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In the News: Daily Caller: Why Buddy Roemer’s campaign finance pledge makes no sense

Why Buddy Roemer’s campaign finance pledge makes no sense By Jeff Patch The 2012 battle for the GOP presidential nomination is heating up, and underdog candidates are grabbing the spotlight as marquee candidates continue to play coy about their political intentions. Harvard University professor and campaign finance activist Lawrence Lessig is on a tear boosting […]

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In the News: Wall Street Journal: The Incumbent’s Bane: Citizens United and the 2010 Election

Wall Street Journal: The Incumbent’s Bane: Citizens United and the 2010 Election By Bradley A. Smith Last Jan. 27, President Obama stunned his State of the Union audience with an unprecedented attack on the Supreme Court and its decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. The president claimed that the Jan. 21, 2010, decision […]

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