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In the News: Wall Street Journal: Legal Experts React to Supreme Court’s Campaign-Finance Ruling

By Ashby Jones Bradley Smith, former Federal Election Commissioner, law professor at Capital University:   I think that there’s an obvious common sense to the court’s opinion. If 18 individual $2,600 dollar contributions don’t have a corrupting effect, it’s hard to see how the 19th one will.  The dissent tries to get around this by […]

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In the News: National Review: Free Speech at Last: McCutcheon Decision Just Right

By Bradley A. Smith McCutcheon challenged the law on the eminently sensible grounds that if Congress has deemed a contribution of $2,600 per election ($5,200 per cycle) to be a non-corrupting amount, then Candidate 10 was no more corrupted by the contribution than Candidate 9. Simply put, the aggregate limits served no anti-corruption interest. And the Court has […]

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In the News: Time: Former FEC Commissioner: Decision Restores First Amendment

By Bradley A. Smith “There is no right more basic in our democracy than the right to participate in electing our political leaders…and those who govern should be the last people to help decide who should govern.” Thus begins the Chief Justice’s majority opinion in McCutcheon v. FEC. This outcome of this case, decided by […]

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In the News: WSJ: Opinion: Supreme Court: Don’t Tread on Speech

Center for Competitive Politics chairman Bradley Smith on the Supreme Court decision in McCutcheon v. FEC. Watch…

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In the News: Reason: The FEC Fears the Dead Will Corrupt Politics (Through the Libertarian Party)

By S.M. Oliva In a 1983 opinion, the FEC decided that contributions from a deceased person’s estate should be treated the same as if it came from a living person. And federal law caps the amount of money a living person can give a national political party in a given year (presently $32,400). Therefore, the Burrington estate had […]

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In the News: Politico: Citizens United, 4 years later

By Byron Tau The ruling has helped reshape the campaign finance landscape by paving the way for megadonors and campaign consultants to wrest power away from the K Street fundraising circuit and the political parties, but just not in the way critics first envisioned. “Citizens United has become the all-purpose boogeyman,” said Bradley Smith, an election law expert, founder of […]

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In the News: More Soft Money Hard Law: Hypotheticals and the Doctrine of Circumvention

By Bob Bauer The McCutcheon case continues to stir up comment about the hypotheticals the Justices used at oral argument to debate the need for an aggregate limit. Zac Morgan at the Center for Competitive Politics takes on one such hypothetical and suggests that it does not illustrate the need for any such limit. He […]

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McCutcheon’s Wild Hypotheticals

Two months ago, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in the case of McCutcheon v. FEC. If the plaintiffs win their appeal, the overall giving cap that Congress has imposed on individuals, parties, and PACs will be dissolved—effectively removing one of the most stringent, and arbitrary, limits on associational freedom. While we wait for the […]

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In the News: Daily Orange: Former dean helps repeal ordinance preventing political free speech

By Charlie Mastoloni … Rubin said he remembered when the ordinance first came to his attention about five years ago. “We had some typical lawn signs up and one day I came back from Newhouse and the signs were gone. I asked my wife what happened and she said a code enforcer from the town […]

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In the News: Syracuse Post-Standard: Manlius resident drops federal lawsuit; vows scrutiny over new rules

By Elizabeth Doran The federal lawsuit filed in August against the town of Manlius’ sign law has been dropped now that the town board has repealed its restrictive law. Manlius resident David Rubin, who is the former dean of Syracuse University’s communications school, said the lawsuit isn’t proceeding because the town’s sign law doesn’t exist […]

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