Super PACs

Media Watch: Independent Expenditure Committees vs. Social Welfare Organizations

Campaign finance is a nuanced, complicated topic.  As a result, there are often mischaracterizations about the laws and and non-profits present in the media.  A recent post in the Examiner by Stephen Wright, entitled Super PACs go non-profit and opt out of disclosure requirements, is an unfortunately egregious example. While Mr. Wright plays fast and […]

Filed Under: Blog, Featured Content, Media Watch, Political Committees & 527s, Super PACs, Super PACs, Examiner, media watch, super PACs

Poll: Voters, Fueled by Media Reports, Show Misunderstanding of Citizens United

Two years and two election cycles into the Super PAC era, the media firestorm against free speech and association has been palpable. A Google search of the term “Super PAC” reveals dozens of articles warning about the evils of such entities and their supposed negative impact on democracy. Many news accounts mislead or confuse readers […]

Filed Under: First Amendment, Independent Speech, Research, Super PACs, Faulty Assumptions, Political Committees & 527s, Faulty Assumptions, Political Committees & 527s, Poll, District Of Columbia

Do Voters Understand Super PACs?

Two years and two election cycles into the Super PAC era, the media firestorm against free speech and association has been palpable. A Google search of the term “Super PAC” reveals dozens of articles warning about the evils of such entities and their supposed negative impact on democracy. In this Issue Review, Jason M. Farrell […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Disclosure, Independent Speech, Research, Super PACs, Super PACs, SpeechNow.org v. FEC, The New York Times, USA Today, Disclosure, Independent Speech, Disclosure, Independent Speech, Poll

CCP Legal Director Debates the Validity of super PACs live Wed., Feb 22, on Wisconsin Public Radio

CCP’s Legal Director Allen Dickerson will appear on Wisconsin Public Radio tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, to debate on-air the usefulness of super PACs in the democratic process. The show begins at 8 am est. The live stream can be found by visiting WPR’s streaming page.

Filed Under: Featured Content, Super PACs, Wisconsin

This weekend in campaign finance

With the second anniversary of the Citizens United decision coming up this Saturday, reform groups are  pulling out all the stops to protest the decision.  Between  coming up with impossibly forced acronyms and enacting whatever solution they came up with during their anti-CU house parties, the reform community should probably prepare for another Supreme Court case. However, […]

Filed Under: Coordination, Independent Speech, Political Committees & 527s, Super PACs, District Of Columbia

Keep Out: How State Campaign Finance Laws Erect Barriers to Entry for Political Entrepreneurs

In this report, the author explains how forms of state legislation stifle the political speech of political entrepreneurs, those individuals and organizations who form and grow new political voices and movements. Specifically, the report examines the effects of two types of state campaign finance regulations that act as barriers to independent citizen groups:  contribution limits and political action committee (PAC) requirements. A lack of appreciation for the role of political entrepreneurs in promoting innovative public policy and electoral competition on the part of those in power has resulted in the erection of barriers for outside groups who wish to speak out. The report concludes that instead of encouraging civic engagement, states are attacking independent political advocacy through unnecessary, speech-limiting regulations.

Filed Under: Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits, Contributions & Limits, External Relations Sub-Pages, First Amendment, Independent Speech, Issue Advocacy, Research, Super PACs, campaign contributions, Contribution, Contribution Limits, Disclosure, Expenditure, Political Committees & 527s, Contributions & Limits, Disclosure, Expenditure, Political Committees & 527s, Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

After Citizens United

In this law review article, Michael S. Kang analyzes the trends in the Supreme Court’s rulings on campaign finance cases in light of the landmark decision in Citizens United v. FEC. Kang argues that Justice Anthony Kennedy’s views are driving the direction of the Roberts Court towards a narrower justification for government regulation of campaign […]

Filed Under: Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, External Relations Sub-Pages, First Amendment, Independent Speech, Issues, Research, Super PACs, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, First Amendment, super PACs, Supreme Court, First Amendment, Independent Speech, First Amendment, Independent Speech