Communications

FEC Takes Light Touch with Internet Regulations

Brad Smith’s warnings, that bloggers and news organizations could risk the wrath of the federal government if they improperly link to a campaign’s website, have hit home. He raises some important questions, in this interview with Declan McCullagh.

Filed Under: Blog

Citizens Do Not Favour Regulation of Blogs

Brad Smith, quoted at DailyKos, says, "Polls show that citizens do not favor those who support regulating bloggers or political commentary on the Internet". Support from bloggers and others who believe in non-regulation of the internet just proved Brad right.

Filed Under: Blog

Polls Show that Citizens Do Not Favor Regulating Bloggers on the Internet

PRESS RELEASE: March 15, 2006

Media Contact:

Bradley A. Smith, Center for Competitive Politics (614) 236-6317

Stephen M. Hoersting, Center for Competitive Politics (703) 682-6359

Filed Under: Press Releases

CCP’s Views on Grassroots Lobbying Gather Adherents

See CCP’s piece last month in National Review Online on so-called "grassroots lobbying" disclosure, where Smith and Hoersting wrote that “[f]ar from being the problem, grassroots lobbying is part of the solution to restoring the people’s faith in Congress.” The policy primer, on which the NRO piece is based, is gaining some acceptance inside the beltway, and much support from non-profit organizations protective of their right to advocate policy positions to fellow citizens.

You may access the Policy Primer here.

Filed Under: Blog, lobbying, lobbyist

Predictions on Randall v Sorrell

Erik Jaffe, counsel of record to CCP in its amicus brief, predicts which way the opinion will swing in Randall v Sorrell. He feels confident that the Act 64 expenditure limits will be struck down, and the dollar limits on contribution will be found unconstitutionally low.

Filed Under: Blog, Vermont

Both Right on Endorsements

In its rulemaking on coordinated communications, the Federal Election Commission, to its credit, is deciding how to restore endorsement advertising to electoral politics.  You have seen the ads in previous years: a popular candidate appears in the ad of one less known, to tell the voters that the lesser known candidate is trustworthy and respectable—a common activity that BCRA never intended to discourage.

Filed Under: Blog

Awaiting Supreme Court’s Opinion on Whether Citizen Groups Can Speak Over Airwaves about Legislation or Legislators Close to an Election

PRESS RELEASE: January 23, 2006

Media Contact:

Bradley A. Smith (614) 236-6317

Filed Under: Press Releases

Comments on Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Coordinated Communications

CCP comments on the Commission’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Coordinated Communications. Executive Director, Steve Hoersting recommends retaining a well defined content standard, which lets unwary speakers know in advance which communications can trigger protracted investigations.

Filed Under: Blog, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits Comments, Contribution Limits Federal, Disclosure, Disclosure Comments, Disclosure Federal, External Relations Comments and Testimony, External Relations Sub-Pages, Federal, Federal Comments and Testimony, Comments and Testimony

Testimony of CCP Chairman Bradley A. Smith to the Committee on House Administration

Written testimony of CCP Chairman Bradley A. Smith at a September 22, 2005 hearing of the Committee on House Administration on the topic of the regulation of political speech on the internet.

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, External Relations Sub-Pages, Federal, Federal Comments and Testimony, Uncategorized, Independent Speech, Internet Regulation, Independent Speech, Internet Regulation, Comments and Testimony

Testimony of CCP Chairman Bradley A. Smith to the Committee on Rules and Administration

Written testimony of CCP Chairman Bradley A. Smith at a July 14, 2004 hearing of the Committee on Rules and Administration on the topic of enforcement procedures at the FEC and disclosure relative to campaign finance.

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, External Relations Sub-Pages, Federal, Federal Comments and Testimony, Uncategorized, Comments and Testimony