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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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…

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NBC News: What Is ‘Dark Money’ and Why Do So Many People Think It’s Bad? (In the News)

Michael Beckel Supporters of anonymity in politics frequently cite the fact that The Federalist Papers and Thomas Paine’s Common Sense were published anonymously during the country’s founding. Lawyers at the Wyoming Liberty Group, for instance, have argued that throughout American history “anonymous political speech has been the scorn of entrenched powers and the saving balm […]

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Time: Do We Really Need Campaign Finance Reform? (In the News)

Brad Smith This question presumes that we ought to mitigate the effects of “big money.” Is that right? What are the effects? There is considerable evidence that higher spending in politics helps voters identify candidates, place them on an ideological scale, and connect them to stances on issues. Money is also used to fund voter […]

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Center for Public Integrity: Groups decrying ‘dark money’ use shadowy money themselves (In the News)

Liz Essley Whyte The Center for Public Integrity found 21 groups, vocal about so-called dark money, that put money into politics but do not fully disclose their donors. The groups either gave to ballot measure campaigns, paid for messages about candidates or gave to political action committees… But many of the groups identified by the […]

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Zocalo Public Square: Embrace higher Spending (In the News)

Brad Smith Money can make races less equal, but it can also make them more equal. For example, it can balance out newspaper endorsements, name recognition unrelated to political achievement or acumen, and non-monetary support from special interest groups such as unions or trade associations. And while people often complain about the negativity of campaigns […]

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