Empower Texans: TEC Defies Supreme Court, Constitution (In the News)

By Michael Quinn Sullivan Despite a gubernatorial veto last year, the opposition of two-thirds of the state senate and the majority of the House Republican caucus, the Texas Ethics Commission has moved forward with unconstitutional rules that they were specifically warned against implementing by six incoming state senators. At today’s hearing, commissioners were warned by David Keating, a constitutional law expert who [...]

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Washington Examiner: Campaign finance law is too complex (In the News)

By Joe Trotter Writing for the U.S. Supreme Court majority in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote: “The First Amendment does not permit laws that force speakers to retain a campaign finance attorney, conduct demographic marketing research, or seek declaratory rulings before discussing the most salient political issues of our day.” Unfortunately, campaign finance laws and [...]

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CPI: Power shifts to outsiders in U.S. Senate fight (In the News)

By Michael Beckel David Keating, the president of the Center for Competitive Politics, which favors increased deregulation in elections, sees this as a positive development. “Whenever there’s more speech that means there’s more information for voters,” says Keating, adding that such information helps “drive” voters to the polls. Challengers, in particular, he continued, are generally helped “when there’s [...]

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The Courier-Journal: Outside groups manipulate Ky. voter impressions (In the News)

By Joseph Gerth “If we want to get more disclosure from these groups, somebody of some prominence in the Democratic Party, maybe Alison Lundergan Grimes, has to come out and say, ‘This harassment of donors to these groups has to stop,’” Smith said. “The fear is palpable and it is real.” The “harassment” ranges from Reid’s statements, to [...]

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Will: WILL Files Proposed Amicus Brief in Campaign Coordination Case, CRG v. GAB (In the News)

The amicus group WILL represents includes Wisconsin Family Action, a 501(c)(4) organization, Center for Competitive Politics, the nation’s largest organization dedicated solely to protecting First Amendment political rights, and the Hon. Bradley Smith, one of the nation’s foremost experts on election law and campaign finance.  Professor Smith, who is currently Visiting Copenhaver Chair of Law at West Virginia University, was nominated [...]

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Washington Post: Big spending by parties, independent groups drowns airwaves in negative attacks (In the News)

By Matea Gold  “The idea that campaigns are something solely to be hammered out between candidates and parties is very wrong,” said Bradley Smith, chairman of the Center for Competitive Politics, which supports loosening campaign finance restrictions. “There’s nothing wrong with the people saying, ‘We want this issue to be addressed.’ ”   Read more…

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Lawyer for Chisholm, election officials argues for secret filing (In the News)

By Patrick Marley Also Tuesday, former Federal Election Commission chairman Bradley Smith, the Center for Competitive Politics and Wisconsin Family Action asked to file a friend-of-the-court brief in the case siding with the group challenging the campaign finance laws. The center was founded by Smith and is dedicated to fighting campaign finance regulations; Wisconsin Family Action is a socially [...]

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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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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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