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Daily Media Links 9/28: Regulators spar over whether unregulated Internet harms minorities, State ‘disclosure’ ballot measures could chill First Amendment rights, and more…

Free Speech Arizona Republic: Phoenix allows city workers more political speech By Dustin Gardiner Phoenix’s workforce of municipal employees – and their local unions – will have a more powerful voice in future elections for mayor and City Council after city leaders voted Tuesday to loosen restrictions on workers’ political activity. The 9-0 vote was a […]

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Medium: Unprecedented Attack (In the News)

By Mark Holden
On Wednesday, September 21, I spent the afternoon on Capitol Hill speaking with free speech thought leaders of all different backgrounds. I want to thank Representative Peter J. Roskam for hosting and inviting me to speak on this panel about the immediate need to defend free speech against current threats it faces on multiple levels. I was joined by Representative Bill Flores,Wall Street Journal Columnist Kim Strassel, Center for Competitive Politics Chairman and Founder Bradley A. Smith, and the panel was moderated by WMAL Radio’s Chris Plante.
Earlier this summer the House passed HR 5053, Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act, to protect tax-exempt groups from disclosing their donors. Giving the public access to donor lists will exploit donors and discourage contributions.

Filed Under: Brad Smith, In the News

Daily Media Links 9/27: Fears that outside groups are hijacking election campaign agendas are unfounded., White House says Obama objects to campaign-donation measure in spending bill, and more…

In the News Medium: Unprecedented Attack By Mark Holden On Wednesday, September 21, I spent the afternoon on Capitol Hill speaking with free speech thought leaders of all different backgrounds. I want to thank Representative Peter J. Roskam for hosting and inviting me to speak on this panel about the immediate need to defend free speech […]

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Conservative Review: Without Citizens United, Joss Whedon could be violating the law (In the News)

By Robert Eno
Once again the liberal elites in Hollywood just don’t get it. They rail for more campaign finance regulations, and against Citizens United without really knowing what that means. Content creators should be the ones most thrilled with the ruling in Citizens United vs. the FEC … not arguing for its reinstatement. In fact, that viral video with Avengers stars in it from Joss Whedon may have been considered illegal in a pre-Citizens United world…
Here’s a brief discussion of the case from the Cornell University School of Law:
…amici argue, the “onerous burdens” that BCRA places on such broadcasts causes many non-profit corporations, and in turn, their private donors, to simply remain silent rather than search out alternative means of expressing their free speech. – In addition, amici Center for Competitive Politics points to studies that have found that mandatory disclosure requirements, similar to those imposed by BCRA, dissuades many private individuals from participating in political activities.

Filed Under: In the News, Quotes CCP

CRP: Larry Lessig takes his plan to Congress (In the News)

By Ashley Balcerzak
Lessig continues to push his “plan to save democracy.” He proposed a voucher system, where taxpayers would get a $50 tax refund and use it to donate to congressional candidates who agreed to opt in to the program: If they accepted the vouchers, the only other funds they could take would be individual contributions of $100 or less. Lessig also pushes for matching public funds for campaigns that forgo PAC money…
Others worry about how far the government control would extend.
“When the government is handing out a lot of money to campaigns, it will have an interest that the money isn’t misused and that comes with a lot of risk over the long run,” said David Keating, president of the conservative Center for Competitive Politics, a nonprofit that advocates for less donor disclosure and higher – or no – limits. “They might want to start controlling what the candidates are allowed to say, like maybe they’ll say there are too many negative ads.”

Filed Under: In the News, Quotes CCP

Daily Media Links 9/26: Hillary Clinton Endorsed By Campaign Finance Reformers, IM 22 backers challenge foes to release finance reports, and more…

In the News CRP: Larry Lessig takes his plan to Congress   By Ashley Balcerzak Lessig continues to push his “plan to save democracy.” He proposed a voucher system, where taxpayers would get a $50 tax refund and use it to donate to congressional candidates who agreed to opt in to the program: If they accepted the vouchers, the only other funds they […]

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Daily Media Links 9/23: Beware of Anti-Speech Ballot Measures, Secret funders in fight over campaign transparency, and more…

Donor Privacy Wall Street Journal: Beware of Anti-Speech Ballot Measures Tracie Sharp and Darcy Olsen When voters in Missouri, South Dakota, Washington and Oregon go to the polls in November, they will vote on ballot measures that are cleverly marketed as legislation aimed at reducing “big money” and “outside influence” in local elections. If passed, […]

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Daily Media Links 9/22: FEC Deadlocks on Appeal of PAC Name Ruling, Another group files IRS complaint against Wisconsin Club for Growth, and more…

Independent Groups USA Today: Super PAC donations surge past $1 billion Fredreka Schouten and Christopher Schnaars Super PAC donations have barreled past the $1 billion mark, driven by a small group of super-wealthy contributors intent on deciding who will occupy the White House and control Congress next year. Donations to super PACs hit nearly $1.1 […]

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Daily Media Links 9/21: Why campaign finance laws probably won’t stop Hannity and Lewandowski from helping Trump, Shaun McCutcheon says court victory renders super PAC obsolete, and more…

Event Roskam to Host Panel on Protecting Free Speech When: Wednesday September 21, 2:30-3:30 Where: US Capitol, HC-8 Across the country, in governors’ mansions, and on college campuses, an all-out assault is being waged on Americans’ fundamental right to free speech. From political officials who attempt to silence those with whom they disagree, to university […]

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Daily Media Links 9/20: Court rules against FEC in ad case, Koskinen’s IRS Failed to Search Five of Six Locations for Lois Lerner Emails, and more…

CCP Enabling the Harassment of Donors for Their Beliefs is Not Free Speech Joe Albanese To make his point, Donlan quotes Harry S. Truman: “If you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen.” Maybe that sentiment rings true for professional politicians. Some may also have little sympathy to muster for wealthy private donors, […]

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