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In the News: Politico: Shaun McCutcheon’s victory lap

By BYRON TAU and KENNETH P. VOGEL It’s that aw-shucks manner that make him such a potent symbol for conservatives. He’s a small business owner — not a Wall Street banker, a Beltway lobbyist or an oil magnate like the GOP mega-donors vilified by Democrats — who was hand-picking candidates to support and argued successfully that the government was […]

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In the News: Washington Examiner: Supreme Court’s McCutcheon decision strengthens First Amendment rights

By Tyler Martinez A big part of politics is getting together with people who agree with you about government and want to do something about it. Maybe that’s one reason why the Democrats and Republicans are called “political parties.” A Supreme Court decision last week struck a big blow for your First Amendment right to get together with like-minded candidates. The case, McCutcheon […]

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In the News: Forbes: Campaign Finance: For Shaun McCutcheon, It’s About Passion For Freedom, Not Power

By Richard Levick Four points drove Roberts’ decision. First, First Amendment protection can be accompanied by only limited regulation of campaign contributions. Second, only a quid pro quo (i.e., bribe), rather than “general influence,” can be targeted by Congress for regulation. Third, aggregate contribution limits are essentially irrelevant as a way to prevent corruption. Fourth, […]

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In the News: Forbes: The McCutcheon Supreme Court Case Is A Victory For Free Speech

By Luke Wachob Freedom of speech is often treated as a contemptible burden in American politics; something that must be endured but not respected. When hateful speech is heard, or a wealthy individual spends huge sums of money on speech we disagree with, we commonly ask why they ought to possess a right that we […]

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In the News: NY Daily News: Democracy will thrive post-McCutcheon

 By CCP Academic Advisor Joel Gora Those critics made similar predictions when the Citizens United decision came down four years ago, and they were wrong. Despite the tsunami of protest against that much-maligned and much-misunderstood ruling that importantly protected First Amendment free speech rights, no major realignment in our politics occurred.   The alarmists are […]

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In the News: Politico: Big money’s grip stronger than ever

By Alexander Burns To opponents of campaign finance regulation, the tangled mass of spending rules that remain intact serve to only confuse voters and snarl campaigns in an increasingly arbitrary regulatory maze. They point to a number of states that allow totally unrestricted political giving, like Virginia and Texas, to make the case that a system with […]

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In the News: Washington Post: States will rethink aggregate limits after McCutcheon

 By REID WILSON On the day of the ruling, the Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance said it would no longer enforce the Commonwealth’s aggregate limits of $12,500 in donations to state candidates. The office said it was reviewing the Supreme Court’s ruling in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission to determine whether a $5,000 […]

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In the News: WBUR: On Point: High Court Rules Against Political Spending Limit

If Nazis can march in America and protestors can burn the American flag, said the chief justice of the US Supreme Court yesterday, then surely the First Amendment also protects big money contributions in American politics.  And with that, the Roberts court tore another huge cap off American campaign finance controls.  If you’re rich enough, […]

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In the News: Newsmax: Right Applauds, Left Aghast Over Court's Campaign Finance Ruling

By John Gizzi Bradley A. Smith, past FEC chairman and head of the Center for Competitive Politics, which promotes campaign finance deregulation, agreed. “The court’s conclusion was common sense,” Smith told Newsmax. “The law limited an individual to contributing the legal maximum to just 18 candidates. If the first 18 aren’t ‘corrupted’ by the contribution, why is candidate […]

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In the News: CBS: Supreme Court Strikes Down Overall Campaign Contribution Cap

Beyond its implications for the wealthy few like McCutcheon, the ruling could mark a significant shift in the way the court treats political gifts. Now that the court has knocked down overall limits, it’s the first chip away at federal contribution limits since the rationale for such limits was established 40 years ago.  “If you […]

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