Media Watch

Proponents of Bad Government

The Federal Election Commission receives a lot of criticism these days, including from its own commissioners. But so too does Congress for the campaign finance laws it has passed (or, in some cases, not passed) and the Supreme Court for its rulings on campaign finance cases. Much of that criticism is founded on mistaken beliefs […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Media Watch, Money in Politics, FEC, federal election commission, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Media Watch: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette doesn’t understand what ‘anti-democratic’ means

In a recent editorial in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Editorial Board opines that “big money looms larger in the 2016 campaign.” This sounds like a title for your run-of-the-mill “reformer” screed these days, but it’s worse than that. The PG’s Editorial Board not only makes completely outlandish – and unfounded – claims about campaign spending, […]

Filed Under: Blog, Media Watch, Super PACs, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Someone killed a lion. Want to see his political contribution history?

Last year, The Washington Post Editorial Board panned a smartphone app that sorts companies by how Democratic or Republican they are. The app, BuyPartisan, provides users who scan the barcodes of products on the shelf with information on the political contributions of PACs associated with a particular company as well as data on the political […]

Filed Under: Blog, Media Watch, Cecil the Lion, The Hill, The Washington Post

Media Watch: Brennan Center Falsehood Hits the Airwaves

If you were listening to NPR’s “On the Media” show over the weekend (podcast available here), you heard an amazing statistic: “96 percent of the television ad spending [in the Florida gubernatorial race] is coming from outside groups.” “That is extraordinary,” claimed the guest. Indeed it is – one might say, unbelievable. So unbelievable, in […]

Filed Under: Blog, Media Watch, Money in Politics

Media Watch: Nothing to See Here, Just Politics as Usual

In Roll Call, Eliza Newlin Carney claims that “Republicans are developing an appetite for big money as a campaign issue.” (“Republicans Join Attacks on Big Money,” October 28.) Long-time observers of the debate swirling around campaign finance regulation will no doubt see through this smokescreen. Advocates for greater regulation of “money in politics” predict a […]

Filed Under: Blog, Media Watch

Media Watch: The Flash Flood of Misinformation Continues…

Last week, I was critical of a New York Times story that promoted the false impression that a majority of political advertising has been driven by so-called “Dark Money” organizations. That article, as I said at the time, “only compares ads run by ‘outside groups’– ignoring all spending by candidates, political action committees, and political […]

Filed Under: Blog, Media Watch, Money in Politics

Media Watch: New York Times Fueling a Flood of Misinformation

If you are a regular reader of The New York Times, you are probably convinced that the greatest threat facing our democracy today is so-called “dark money.” Articles like Nicholas Confessore’s on October 10th titled, “Secret Money Fueling a Flood of Political Ads,” bemoan the “dark money” threat, warning readers that “[m]ore than half of […]

Filed Under: Blog, Media Watch, Money in Politics

Media Watch: WaPo Turning a New Leaf on Disclosure?

In the debate over campaign finance disclosure laws, it’s no mystery what side The Washington Post is on. Editorials like these consistently advocate expanding burdensome disclosure requirements to even more groups and even more forms of spending than what the law already extensively requires. In the Post’s view, the need for more compulsory disclosure is […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Media Watch

Media Watch: Undisclosed? Off-the-Radar? Underground Elections? Hardly.

Every now and then its worth taking a step back and checking up on how stories are being reported about campaign finance. Yesterday, Eliza Newlin Carney wrote in an article for Roll Call (New FCC Disclosures Reveal Underground Election): A trove of new public records recently opened up by the Federal Communications Commission sheds light on […]

Filed Under: Blog, Media Watch

Media Watch: “Clarifying” the First Amendment for the Supreme Court

Public Citizen’s Lisa Gilbert wrote an op-ed for Roll Call yesterday slamming our “byzantine” system of campaign finance (Answers for Our ‘Byzantine’ Campaign Finance System). Hitting on everything from corporate disclosure to independent expenditures, Lisa writes: Congress needs to take swift and decisive action to mitigate the damage caused by the Citizens United and McCutcheon decisions. Citizens […]

Filed Under: Blog, Media Watch