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In the News: Money talks louder after supreme court decision

By Allan Kew The world of political campaign financing has changed with the striking of the US Supreme Court gavel. In the recent ruling of McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, the Supreme Court ruled that the regulation of individual aggregate contribution to political parties and candidates in election cycles was unconstitutional. Read more…

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In the News: Washington Post: Scratching the surface

By PROF. BRADLEY A. SMITH “Separation of Campaign and State” checks in at about 25,000 words, and I feel it barely scratches the surface of setting forth the justifications for and benefits of a doctrine of separation of campaign and state. Cutting it to five blog posts is to barely leave a fingerprint on the surface. Nonetheless, I [...]

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In the News: Delaware Newzap: State to appeal ruling in election disclosure case

By Jen Rini Delaware Strong Families, a conservative think-tank, filed a complaint in 2013 related to the Delaware Election Disclosures Act, which requires nonprofits who publish voters guides and similar electioneering material costing $500 or more to file campaign reports with the elections commissioner within 30 days of a primary and 60 days before a general election. Prior [...]

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In the News: USA Today: Supreme Court ruling sets off race for bigger donations

By Fredreka Schouten In the end, laws in as many as 18 states and the District of Columbia may be vulnerable to challenge – either because they limit how much an individual can contribute to all candidates or parties or impose other restrictions that run counter to the high court’s reasoning in McCutcheon, the Center for Competitive Politics [...]

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In the News: Politico: Shaun McCutcheon’s victory lap

By BYRON TAU and KENNETH P. VOGEL It’s that aw-shucks manner that make him such a potent symbol for conservatives. He’s a small business owner — not a Wall Street banker, a Beltway lobbyist or an oil magnate like the GOP mega-donors vilified by Democrats — who was hand-picking candidates to support and argued successfully that the government was [...]

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In the News: News Journal: State to appeal ruling on political secrecy

By Jonathan Starkey The conservative group Delaware Strong Families, which has organized against same-sex marriage in Delaware and publishes an annual voters guide promoting political candidates, filed the lawsuit, arguing that the law was burdensome and would improperly chill free speech rights. David Keating, president of the Center For Competitive Politics, which represented Delaware Strong Families, said Friday they [...]

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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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