More Soft Money Hard Law: Second Fiddles, in a Tribute to Buckley (In the News)

By Bob Bauer There has been news of an original structure for Super PAC activities, and it has scrambled assumptions about how these entities might be organized and function. The coordination debate to this point has been all about candidate control or influence.  In the different arrangement coming to light, the donors behind the PACs are striving for control. [...]

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CNN: Ted Cruz super PACs: A new era of political fundraising (In the News)

By MJ Lee and Jeremy Diamond The setup has prompted a lot of head-scratching among campaign finance experts who question the upsides of the fragmented organization. “I don’t think there are any efficiency gains from doing it this way — the accounting headaches are not insignificant having been on that end of trying to report stuff like [...]

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Phoenix: Dark Money Debate: Is Anonymous Political Speech Protected By The First Amendment? (Event)

Anonymous political speech has been a cherished principle since the earliest days of the American republic. The ability to speak anonymously—and to privately support others who speak on your behalf—has played a central role in historical milestones from the ratification of the U.S. Constitution to the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s. Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling [...]

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ATTN: Here’s the Logic of A National Leader Who Wants MORE Money in Politics (In the News)

By Thor Benson The CCP is continually making efforts, through various forms of litigation, to pull back the limits on campaign spending as far as possible. Beyond that, the group is suing California Attorney General Kamala Harris because of her efforts to make the organization share its unredacted copy of its donor list. They state a redacted version is publicly [...]

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Roll Call: Politics Needs Privacy (In the News)

By Luke Wachob What the White House understood then that must be remembered now is that injecting information about companies’ political associations into the contracting process makes politics more corrupt, not less. Assembling a database of companies’ political spending is counterproductive if you want government contracts to go to the most deserving bidder rather than the most loyal donor. [...]

Filed Under: In the News, Luke Wachob, Published Articles Money and Philly politics (In the News)

By John Samples Independent spending often means more spending overall during an election. Isn’t that undesirable? To the contrary, political scientists have found that more spending fosters better-informed voters. Moreover, those who were less informed prior to an election gain more from increased spending than those who were better informed initially. But we don’t have to be content with [...]

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NY Times: Robert Menendez Indictment Points to Corrupting Potential of Super PACs (In the News)

By Nicholas Confessore and Matt Apuzzo “The court’s position is pretty simple, and it is not that independent expenditures can never create gratitude in an officeholder,” said Bradley A. Smith, a professor of law at Capital University Law School. “Rather it is that as a constitutional matter, they do not pose a threat of corruption sufficient to justify [...]

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Washington Post: Menendez indictment marks first big corruption case involving a super PAC (In the News)

By Matea Gold David Keating, president of the Center for Competitive Politics, which supports less campaign finance regulation, said the alleged corruption was not caused by the avenue that Melgen used. “Corrupt people do corrupt things,” he said. “The answer isn’t to eliminate people’s free-speech rights any more than it would be to eliminate luxury condos in the Caribbean.” [...]

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Washington Examiner: McCutcheon one year later: A ringing endorsement for the First Amendment (In the News)

By Luke Wachob When the Supreme Court decided McCutcheon v. FEC 12 months ago, First Amendment advocates celebrated a victory while supporters of greater campaign finance regulation predicted doom, gloom and the death of democracy itself. One year and one election later, we have some evidence to evaluate these perspectives. So far, it’s good news for the First Amendment. McCutcheon’s [...]

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The Register Guard: Campaign spending limits actually help incumbents (In the News)

By Scott Blackburn Ask yourself: Would politicians be more likely to support laws that make it easier for challengers to campaign against them, or laws that make it harder? Do politicians want more opportunities for their opponents to criticize them, or fewer? Are politicians more likely to support bills that force them to do their jobs, or bills that [...]

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