Washington Examiner: Bipartisanship works for the FEC (In the News)

By Luke Wachob On Oct. 9, the FEC approved new rules instituting landmark Supreme Court decisions in Citizens United v. FEC and McCutcheon v. FEC. In guiding the FEC to this moment, Chairman Lee Goodman and Vice Chair Ann Ravel showed substantial leadership and demonstrated how the commission is supposed to act. The product of post-Watergate reforms, the FEC is made up [...]

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Wall Street Journal: Opinion: Are Campaign Disclosure Laws Unconstitutional? (Video)

Center for Competitive Politics Legal Director Allen Dickerson on the Colorado Supreme Court’s ruling that state campaign-disclosure laws violate the First Amendment. Watch…

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Media Watch: New York Times Fueling a Flood of Misinformation

If you are a regular reader of The New York Times, you are probably convinced that the greatest threat facing our democracy today is so-called “dark money.” Articles like Nicholas Confessore’s on October 10th titled, “Secret Money Fueling a Flood of Political Ads,” bemoan the “dark money” threat, warning readers that “[m]ore than half of [...]

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The Hill: Dark money threatens democracy (In the News)

By Robert Maguire The Center for Competitive Politics’ Luke Wachob recently wrote in The Hill’s Congress blog arguing that the increasing amount of money spent in U.S. elections by organizations that do not disclose their donors is being exaggerated. Wachob argues that, despite all the hoopla, this “dark money” spending only makes up a small percentage of [...]

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The Objective Standard: Colorado Judge: Today’s “Tom Paine’s Pamphlet” Is Protected Speech (In the News)

By Ari Armstrong A consequence of the laws is that many people who might otherwise speak out about political matters choose not to do so. I personally have declined to pursue ideas for producing and distributing political flyers because of the onerous burdens of the campaign laws. And those who do choose to proceed with their political [...]

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Wall Street Journal: Political Spending Double-Cross (In the News)

Editorial According to an analysis by the Center for Competitive Politics, in 2014 35.8% of companies whose disclosure scores were in the top quarter of the 2013 Wharton-Zicklin index received proxies, compared to 22.6% of companies whose disclosure scores were ranked in the lowest quarter. The same pattern held in the previous year. Companies in Wharton-Zicklin’s highest [...]

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Judge rules Colorado disclosure law unconstitutional

Alexandria, VA – A federal judge late yesterday ruled that Colorado’s campaign disclosure laws violate the First Amendment when applied to small organizations, writing that “any ‘informational interest’ the government has in mandating contribution and expenditure disclosures [is] so minimal as to be nonexistent, and certainly insufficient to justify the burdens compliance imposes on members’ [...]

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Bloomberg: New Super-PAC Takes Midterm Lead for Kochs (In the News)

By Annie Linskey By shifting ad spending to a super-PAC, the Kochs won’t need to worry about whether the IRS decides to amend disclosure rules, impose new limits on campaign-related activities or if any of the ongoing legal battles trigger changes. “All these groups have to consider what that IRS might construe as political,” said [...]

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Law & Politics Update: In Independence Institute, a Pro-Disclosure Decision—But With No Disclosure to Follow (In the News)

By Brian Svoboda In Independence Institute, the district court was emphatic that neither Wisconsin Right to Life nor Citizens United provided any basis to curtail disclosure. The district court said that Wisconsin Right to Life involved only “the regulation of expenditures,” not “the disclosure requirements,” and that  Citizens United“squarely foreclosed” any effort to narrow disclosure. The unavoidable implication of the district court’s opinion is that the FEC’s [...]

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The Hill: Dark money still a bit player (In the News)

By Luke Wachob What would you call an election in which over 95 percent of campaign spending is funded by groups that publicly disclose the names and addresses of their donors to the Federal Election Commission, along with information on donors’ employers and occupations? The Huffington Post’s Paul Blumenthal calls it “the dark money election.” The Center for Responsive Politics, which [...]

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