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 […]

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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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New York Times: Companies and Campaign Disclosure (LTE) (In the News)

Paul Atkins According to Bradley A. Smith, a former Federal Election Commission chairman, corporations face “more campaign-finance disclosure than ever before. ”But special-interest groups demand additional disclosures, like corporate expenditures to trade associations, whose political participation is already disclosed. As Mr. Porter aptly states, objections stemming from such disclosures “could limit political spending altogether.” While […]

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More Soft Money Hard Law: The FEC’s Problems (In the News)

Bob Bauer Now Brad Smith rightly counsels that we not overstate the significance of this. It may go too far to say that the FEC is the most dysfunctional agency or, as one Commissioner has suggested, “worse than dysfunctional.” We are seeing mainly a case of frayed nerves and personality conflicts among administrators who are […]

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Center for Individual Freedom: Overreach at the IRS (In the News)

Scott Blackburn, Research Fellow at the Center for Competitive Politics, discusses the continuing saga involving the IRS as speech police, why tax collectors shouldn’t decide if an organization is a political committee or a social-welfare group, and recent developments in the campaign finance arena. Listen…

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The Insider: How Donor Disclosure Laws Invade Privacy, Stifle Dissent, and Threaten Free Speech (In the News)

Matt Nese There is a growing movement in the United States to make participating in politics an illegal activity—illegal unless you fill out the right forms to get the right permit from government. This movement flies under the flag of transparency, but it’s actually something else: It’s an assault on free speech. One of the […]

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Washington Post: The FEC already has rules on independent campaign spending (In the News)

Eric Wang According to Ruth Marcus’s June 14 op-ed column, “The FEC’s cry for help,” a petition filed by two commissioners at the Federal Election Commission with their own agency is a plea for their colleagues to “actually perform their duty” and “to write rules to ensure ‘dark money’ disclosure and super-PAC independence.” As if […]

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AP: Presidential candidates defy campaign finance limits through well-funded outside groups (In the News)

Julie Bykowicz The campaign finance watchdog group Democracy 21 has filed complaints against many of the candidates working with super PACs. Its president, Fred Wertheimer, sees “all sorts of edgy, and I would say illegal, coordination going on.” Others see no cause for alarm. “What could be more American?” asked David Keating, director of the […]

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