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, Media Watch

Wall Street Journal: Political Speech, Limited Time Offer (In the News)

Editorial Floridians Paul Jost and his wife Laura Holmes each want to donate the full $5,200 to candidates but are capped by the $2,600 ceiling because their contributions did not come until after the end of the primary election. Mr. Jost wants to donate $5,200 to Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks against Democratic Rep. David Loebsack in [...]

Filed Under: Featured Content, Holmes v. FEC Other Links, In the News, In the News Our Cases, Quotes CCP

New York Post: New York’s ‘shut up’ rule (In the News)

By Scott Blackburn Imagine you hear a radio ad where your state representative — let’s call him Fred — claims to oppose higher taxes. But you know that Fred voted three times for higher taxes. Outraged, you print up 500 flyers with a picture of Fred, a copy of his voting record on taxes and a brief statement [...]

Filed Under: Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, In the News, Money in Politics, Published Articles

More Soft Money Hard Law: The Contribution Limits As We Have Them, and the Varieties of Reform (In the News)

By Bob Bauer If the contribution limits are not violated, then their everyday normal operation generally escapes notice.  We just assume regular order; the campaign finance law works as it should.  A donor gives within the limit, the donation is reported, and all is well.  The Center for Competitive Politics has challenged this complacency and raised one interesting question [...]

Filed Under: Holmes v. FEC Other Links, In the News Our Cases

Real Clear Religion: The Holy War on Corporate Politicking (In the News)

By Robert Sirico Another report, this one from the Center for Competitive Politics, a Virginia-based First Amendment advocacy group, deftly reveals the activists’ questionable strategies, funding and end game. The Center notes that many of these social justice activists couch their resolutions in language advocating the best interests of the company’s shareholders. Not surprisingly, CCP [...]

Filed Under: Corporate Governance Press Release/In the News/Blog, In the News, Quotes CCP

Reason: Complexity Without Conspiracy: Politics Harder to Produce Than a Pencil (In the News)

Reason: Complexity Without Conspiracy: Politics Harder to Produce Than a Pencil Get in the weeds, not the sensationalism By Luke Wachob By the time Read goes through the shipping and millwork of the wood, the metal end of the pencil, the graphite core, and the eraser, millions of people all around the globe are involved in the [...]

Filed Under: In the News, Luke Wachob, Published Articles

Washington Times: For FEC, it’s disclosure for thee, but not for me (In the News)

By Scott Blackburn The three Democratic appointees on the commission wanted to proceed with an intrusive investigation of the group, pointing to a document by the FEC’s general counsel making the case for proceeding. The three Republican appointees disagreed, pointing to a separate, earlier document from the FEC’s general counsel, which the three Democratic commissioners [...]

Filed Under: CCP v. FEC Other Links, In the News, In the News Our Cases, Published Articles

Washington Post: Super PACs’ spending isn’t always welcomed by candidates they support (In the News)

By Karen Tumulty “It’s one of the major problems with the current campaign finance system. A candidate is no longer the loudest speaker in his or her own campaign,” Link said. “I don’t think it’s good for candidates. I don’t think it’s good for voters.” He argued that it would be healthier just to allow [...]

Filed Under: Anti-Regulation, Contribution Limits Press Release/In the News/Blog, In the News, Top Articles, Top Articles (Contribution Limits)

Cleveland Plain Dealer: Ohio’s false statement law impedes political discourse (In the News)

By Scott Blackburn In the recent unanimous Supreme Court decision, Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus, the court expressed deep skepticism about this type of political gamesmanship and ruled that a lower court erred in refusing to even consider whether the law is unconstitutional. The law, quite simply, puts bureaucrats (whose salaries are controlled by incumbents) in a position of [...]

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Forbes: After Public Outcry, IRS To ‘Reconsider’ Its Attempt To Police Non-Profit Speech (In the News)

By Luke Wachob Citizens and organizations alike noted that the proposed rule would shut down a number of common, non-partisan functions that non-profits perform to promote social welfare. For example, the rule would reclassify voter registration drives, get-out-the-vote drives, meet-the-candidate forums, grassroots lobbying of elected officials and candidates, and the production of nonpartisan voter guides as “candidate-related political activity.” Once [...]

Filed Under: Federal In the News, In the News, IRS, IRS and the Tea Party, Luke Wachob, Published Articles