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Washington Examiner: Bipartisanship works for the FEC (In the News)

By Luke Wachob On Oct. 9, the FEC approved new rules instituting landmark Supreme Court decisions in Citizens United v. FEC and McCutcheon v. FEC. In guiding the FEC to this moment, Chairman Lee Goodman and Vice Chair Ann Ravel showed substantial leadership and demonstrated how the commission is supposed to act. The product of post-Watergate reforms, the FEC is made up [...]

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Daily Media Links 10/20: Parties release new megadonor lists, The government wants to study ‘social pollution’ on Twitter, and more…

In the News Washington Examiner: Bipartisanship works for the FEC  By Luke Wachob On Oct. 9, the FEC approved new rules instituting landmark Supreme Court decisions in Citizens United v. FEC and McCutcheon v. FEC. In guiding the FEC to this moment, Chairman Lee Goodman and Vice Chair Ann Ravel showed substantial leadership and demonstrated how the commission is supposed to act. [...]

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Daily Media Links 10/17: Campaign Spending Freedom Is Great For Speech and The Advertising-Media Sector, Citizens United movie-advertisers must disclose funders in Colorado, and more…

CCP A Teaching Moment  By Luke Wachob Lastly, I can’t help but point out that the cartoon not only gets the law wrong, but implies a relationship between money and votes that does not exist. Imagine a world with no laws against bribery or quid pro quo corruption. To take two prominent examples, does anyone honestly believe Senator Harry Reid [...]

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Wall Street Journal: Opinion: Are Campaign Disclosure Laws Unconstitutional? (Video)

Center for Competitive Politics Legal Director Allen Dickerson on the Colorado Supreme Court’s ruling that state campaign-disclosure laws violate the First Amendment. Watch…

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Dail Media Links 10/16: The FEC complies with the Constitution, finally, Houston’s Harassment of Pastors, and more…

In the News Wall Street Journal: Opinion: Are Campaign Disclosure Laws Unconstitutional?  Center for Competitive Politics Legal Director Allen Dickerson on the Colorado Supreme Court’s ruling that state campaign-disclosure laws violate the First Amendment. Watch…   CCP “Dark Money” Still a Bit Player (Continued): A Response to Robert Maguire  By Luke Wachob Further, the debate over issue [...]

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Daily Media Links 10/15: Citizens United can make movie without disclosing donors, court says, To Deal With Corruption in Campaign Finance Reduce the Size of Government, and more…

CCP Reform and the Insider’s Game  By Brad Smith One of the problems that the regulatory movement has never come to grips with is the cognitive dissonance between decrying the influence of traditional political actors and the pro-regulatory community’s own quest for influence. Despite the oft-repeated goal of blunting the impact of “special interests” in politics, [...]

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The Hill: Dark money threatens democracy (In the News)

By Robert Maguire The Center for Competitive Politics’ Luke Wachob recently wrote in The Hill’s Congress blog arguing that the increasing amount of money spent in U.S. elections by organizations that do not disclose their donors is being exaggerated. Wachob argues that, despite all the hoopla, this “dark money” spending only makes up a small percentage of [...]

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The Objective Standard: Colorado Judge: Today’s “Tom Paine’s Pamphlet” Is Protected Speech (In the News)

By Ari Armstrong A consequence of the laws is that many people who might otherwise speak out about political matters choose not to do so. I personally have declined to pursue ideas for producing and distributing political flyers because of the onerous burdens of the campaign laws. And those who do choose to proceed with their political [...]

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Wall Street Journal: Political Spending Double-Cross (In the News)

Editorial According to an analysis by the Center for Competitive Politics, in 2014 35.8% of companies whose disclosure scores were in the top quarter of the 2013 Wharton-Zicklin index received proxies, compared to 22.6% of companies whose disclosure scores were ranked in the lowest quarter. The same pattern held in the previous year. Companies in Wharton-Zicklin’s highest [...]

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Daily Media Links 10/14: Judge rules Colorado disclosure law unconstitutional, Criminalizing Political Speech in Wisconsin, and more…

In the News Wall Street Journal: Political Spending Double-Cross  Editorial According to an analysis by the Center for Competitive Politics, in 2014 35.8% of companies whose disclosure scores were in the top quarter of the 2013 Wharton-Zicklin index received proxies, compared to 22.6% of companies whose disclosure scores were ranked in the lowest quarter. The same pattern [...]

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