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In the News: Washington Examiner: Supreme Court’s McCutcheon decision strengthens First Amendment rights

By Tyler Martinez A big part of politics is getting together with people who agree with you about government and want to do something about it. Maybe that’s one reason why the Democrats and Republicans are called “political parties.” A Supreme Court decision last week struck a big blow for your First Amendment right to get together with like-minded candidates. The case, McCutcheon [...]

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In the News: Wall Street Journal: The First State’s Free Speech Win

Center for Competitive Politics president David Keating on why a Delaware court struck down a campaign-finance disclosure law. Read more… For more information on Delaware Strong Families v. Biden, check out this resource page.

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In the News: Washington Post (Volokh): ‘Something politically incestuous’

By Bradley A. Smith Government efforts to regulate campaigns, as apart from elections, suffer from the inability to develop meaningful or even non-arbitrary, judicially manageable standards. However, there is a further, more fundamental reason to be concerned about legislative efforts to regulate campaigns — they inexorably lead to the government placing its thumb on the scale to advantage certain [...]

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In the News: Forbes: Campaign Finance: For Shaun McCutcheon, It’s About Passion For Freedom, Not Power

By Richard Levick Four points drove Roberts’ decision. First, First Amendment protection can be accompanied by only limited regulation of campaign contributions. Second, only a quid pro quo (i.e., bribe), rather than “general influence,” can be targeted by Congress for regulation. Third, aggregate contribution limits are essentially irrelevant as a way to prevent corruption. Fourth, [...]

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In the News: Washington Post (Volokh): The incoherence of limits

By Bradley A. Smith Some years ago, while I was serving as Commissioner at the Federal Election Commission, I entertained a delegation from China. Working through an interpreter, I was asked to give a brief description of campaign finance law in the United States. I tried to provide a simplified explanation, but as they asked questions, the complex nature [...]

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In the News: News Journal: Judge bars enforcement of election disclosure law

By Sean O’Sullivan Robinson then concluded the primary purpose of the act – regulating anonymous political advocacy – and the collection of personal information required by the act are “too tenuous to pass constitutional muster.” As a result, Robinson said Delaware Strong Families is likely to prevail at trial and barred the state from enforcing the act until [...]

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In the News: Washington Post (Volokh): The power to regulate elections, not campaigns

By Bradley A. Smith One who argues that the Constitution calls for a separation of campaign and state — a principle rejecting legislative regulation of political campaigns — runs immediately into an apparent obstacle. The Constitution, Art. I, Sec. 4, specifically gives Congress the power to regulate the “Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections.” Correspondingly, states have broad [...]

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In the News: The Libertarian Republic: New York Can’t Buy Its Way Out of Corruption Problem

By Joe Trotter It’s funny how self-interested campaign-finance schemes fall apart when they aren’t in the incumbent’s best interests.  It is almost as though instead of being used to prevent corruption, New York legislators are once again proving that absurd limits and out of control programs are designed to favorably impact those who enacted the limits and programs in [...]

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In the News: CitizenLink: Judge Protects Donors’ Privacy in Delaware

By Kim Trobee “The government cannot impose extensive regulatory burdens,” he said, “or violate the privacy of donors, where an organization does not advocate for any candidate.” Despite the state’s sparing no expense in the case, DSF prevailed. President Nicole Theis said she’s thrilled. “We can now continue to publish our nonpartisan voter guide and inform voters [...]

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In the News: Politico: THE FIGHT FOR THE FEC’S CROSSROADS GPS REDACTIONS

THE FIGHT FOR THE FEC’S CROSSROADS GPS REDACTIONS: National Journal’s Shane Goldmacher: “The Center for Competitive Politics, a group that pushes to roll back campaign finance restrictions, said Friday that it had filed a records request to the Federal Election Commission for a controversial redacted document in a case about whether Crossroads GPS was a [...]

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