Washington Post: Groups backed by secret donors take the lead in shaping 2016 elections (In the News)

Matea Gold Supporters of limited regulation argue that there is an important value in allowing anonymous donations. “You’re going to get speech you don’t get otherwise,” said David Keating, president of the Center for Competitive Politics. “There are going to be people willing to fund speech who want to change government policy, and they won’t […]

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USA Today: Wealthy donors seize the steering wheel in 2016 races (In the News)

Fredreka Schouten David Keating, who favors fewer campaign restrictions as president of the Center for Competitive Politics, said donor-focused super PACs may provide greater accountability and transparency to contributors. Each super PAC is required to detail its fundraising and spending in regular reports to the Federal Election Commission. “It’s one thing to get a promise […]

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Concurring Opinions: En Banc Unanimous Ruling from DC Circuit Upholds Federal Ban on Contributions by Federal Contractors (In the News)

Ronald K.L. Collins Morrison and Spitzer received some help by way of an amicus brief submitted on their clients’ behalf by the Center for Competitive Politics and the Cato Institute. “This case presents an unusual question,” wrote Allen Dickerson for the Center and Institute (Cato’s Ilya Shapiro was co-counsel on the brief.)  “While suits challenging […]

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Roll Call: High-Dollar Fundraising Makes Comeback, Raises Bribery Concerns (In the News)

Eliza Newlin Carney If unfettered campaign spending has rendered contribution limits all but meaningless, conservatives say the solution is to simply eliminate them. “Our view is that they should take the contribution limits off altogether, and the candidates should be able to ask for money for their own campaigns,” said David Keating, president of the […]

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CBC Radio: In Defence of SuperPACs (In the News)

Third-party political advertising made the news this week, with the emergence of HarperPAC, an independent pro-Conservative campaign group. A similar organization called Engage Canada unveiled its ads this week, criticizing the economic record of Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party.These groups can be compared to American “SuperPACs”, Political Action Committees that aren’t attached to a […]

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The Hill: Members of Congress propose politicization of government contracts

Eric Wang During the New Deal era, agents of the Democratic administration coerced federal contractors benefiting from the government spending splurge to “purchase” political books at wildly inflated prices as a condition for continuing to receive lucrative government contracts. In response to this blatant shakedown, Congress amended the Hatch Act ethics law in 1940 to […]

Filed Under: Eric Wang, In the News, Published Articles

Michigan Capitol Confidential: The Fight for Free Speech (In the News)

Kahryn Riley Things aren’t looking good for individual privacy – at least for those who wish to participate in public policy debates. Despite the First Amendment’s strong defense of free expression, speech is increasingly regulated – especially political and policy dialogue. For an increasing number of nonprofit organizations, disclosing contributors’ identities is the price paid […]

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Texas Tribune: Freedom of speech survives a close call in Texas (In the News)

Luke Wachob Some may be inclined to shrug their shoulders and ask what the big deal is. It’s only disclosure, right? The big deal is that disclosure chills speech about government, it is not a harmless or cost-free policy. Groups must expend significant financial resources and effort to comply with complex reporting requirements and risk […]

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Lansing State Journal: Private giving encourages participation (In the News)

Bradley Smith Americans have — and should have — the right to call for changes in public policy without interference from the government. On Election Day, we vote in private booths to ensure that no one is harassed for their political views and everyone feels safe participating. But these days, our ability to participate in […]

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

Michigan Live: Full disclosure or donor privacy? Michigan debate takes on money in politics (In the News)

Jonathan Oosting Anonymous contributions are playing a growing role in U.S. politics, but private donations are not always a bad thing, according to Bradley A. Smith, former chairman of the Federal Election Commission. “People have a lot of reasons to want to be private,” said Smith, chairman of the Center for Competitive Politics and a […]

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