Proponents of Bad Government

The Federal Election Commission receives a lot of criticism these days, including from its own commissioners. But so too does Congress for the campaign finance laws it has passed (or, in some cases, not passed) and the Supreme Court for its rulings on campaign finance cases. Much of that criticism is founded on mistaken beliefs […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Media Watch, Money in Politics, FEC, federal election commission, The Philadelphia Inquirer

American Prospect: Does Big Money Still Matter? You Bet It Does (In the News)

Eliza Newlin Carney Good-government advocates are “oblivious to the failure of ‘big money’ to dictate the race,” wrote Bradley Smith, chairman of the Center for Competitive Politics, in a Wall Street Journal commentary headlined “That’s Odd, ‘Big Money’ Isn’t Buying This Election.” One of the contest’s “unexpected surprises,” wrote New America senior fellow Lee Drutman, […]

Filed Under: In the News, Newsroom, Quotes CCP

Baltimore Sun: Howard County Council members propose ‘citizen funded campaign system’ (In the News)

Fatimah Waseem The price tag of publicly funded campaigns is a source of concern, said Wendy Underhill, a program manager for elections policy with the National Conference of State Legislatures, a bipartisan non-governmental organization that works with state legislatures. “Proponents will suggest that having funds makes it more possible for competitive races to be run. […]

Filed Under: In the News, Newsroom, Quotes CCP

The Hill: Sentimental ex-senators lament impact of Buckley, forget history (In the News)

Luke Wachob What happens when you ask two octogenarian ex-senators to explain how wonderful things used to be? A predictably nostalgic fairy tale that bears no resemblance to the past, has no relevant impact on present policy, and provides no guidance for the future. That’s the gist of a recent op-ed in The Hill by […]

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

Wall Street Journal: That’s Odd, ‘Big Money’ Isn’t Buying This Election (In the News)

Bradley Smith Apparently oblivious to the failure of “big money” to dictate the race, the goo-goos—the good-government crowd—have cranked up the same theme they use every election year. “We must,” they say, “have campaign finance reform.” We must “get money out of politics.” The Supreme Court must reverse its 2010 decision in Citizens United and […]

Filed Under: Brad Smith, In the News, Newsroom, Published Articles

Vox: The agency that enforces our campaign finance laws doesn’t do its job. And many people like it that way. (In the News)

Richard Skinner The FEC has had a troubled history. In its early years, commissioners were often ineffectual veterans appointed over and over. Increasingly, its Republican commissioners have been hostile to the FEC’s very mission. In 2000, congressional Republicans pressured Bill Clinton to accept law professor Bradley Smith, whose views were summarized by the title of […]

Filed Under: In the News, Newsroom

Daily Signal: Nonprofits Protest California’s Demands for Donor Names and Addresses (In the News)

Melissa Quinn In their letter protesting Harris’ donor disclosure requirement, the 63 organizations and nonprofit leaders stressed that the rule failed to detail which employees in the attorney general’s office would have access to donor information. The demands for information regarding nonprofits’ donors were challenged in a court case mounted by the Center for Competitive […]

Filed Under: In the News, In the News Our Cases, Newsroom

The Hill: Buckley v. Valeo at 40 (In the News)

Paul H. Jossey On the positive side Buckley’s wending opinion cemented its place in First Amendment lore with a single line: “[T]he concept that government may restrict the speech of some elements of our society in order to enhance the relative voice of others is wholly foreign to the First Amendment.” Buckley thus rejected “political […]

Filed Under: In the News, Newsroom, Paul Jossey, Published Articles

American Prospect: How Big Money Has Hurt the GOP (In the News)

Eliza Newlin Carney The granddaddy of all campaign-finance rulings—the high court’s landmark 1976 decision in Buckley v. Valeo to uphold the post-Watergate contribution caps and disclosure rules—turns 40 on January 30. The Buckley anniversary will be the topic of two major campaign-finance conferences, one hosted by the Cato Institute and the Center for Competitive Politics […]

Filed Under: In the News, Newsroom

Cato: Podcast: Can Spending Corrupt a Ballot Initiative? (In the News)

Allen Dickerson and Trevor Burrus The Supreme Court has an opportunity to clarify that spending money to influence voters on a ballot initiative isn’t a corrupting influence. Allen Dickerson with the Center for Competitive Politics and Cato’s Trevor Burrus comment. Listen…

Filed Under: Allen Dickerson, Broadcast, Video, Audio, In the News, Newsroom, Published Articles