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First Amendment group releases Issue Analysis on corruption and contribution limits

The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) released an Issue Analysis today showing that campaign contribution limits do not produce less corruption by public officials. CCP Research Director Laura Renz compared Department of Justice data on public corruption convictions to information on contribution limits in all 50 states.

The analysis found no correlation at all between contribution limits and the corruption of public officials, undermining a frequent claim by supporters of campaign finance restrictions that lower contribution limits will somehow inhibit corruption and create good government. States with low limits are found in both the "high corruption" and "low corruption" categories, and states with no or very high limits are also found in both the "high corruption" and "low corruption" categories. The three states with the lowest rates of corruption, Oregon, Nebraska, and Iowa, all have no or very high limits.

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Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to Millionaire’s Amendment

The Supreme Court announced today that it will hear a challenge to the so-called "Millionaire’s Amendment" provisions of federal campaign finance law.

The provisions, which increase contribution limits by at least 300 percent for candidates facing a self-financed opponent, are being challenged by Jack Davis, a former Democratic congressional candidate in New York’s 26th district.

In court filings, Davis argues that the Millionaire’s Amendment does not limit "the corrupting influence of campaign contributors" and instead, "serves to protect well-financed incumbents who wrote the statute."

"This case exposes and undermines the ‘corruption rationale’ used to justify most campaign finance laws," says Bradley A. Smith, chairman of the Center for Competitive Politics, which will file an amicus brief in the case. 

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Campaign Finance Law Hurts New Yorkers

Today, New York City council considers a proposal to overhaul New York City’s campaign finance laws that will create second class political citizens and greatly expand taxpayer subsidies of campaigns.

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