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Michigan Live: Do political donors deserve privacy? Michigan debate takes on anonymous giving (In the News)

By Jonathan Oosting LANSING, MI — 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 [...]

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The Weekly Standard: So, What About Money in Politics? (In the News)

By Jay Cost Second, Citizens United is court-made law and thus lacks democratic legitimacy. The people’s representatives never debated or endorsed it. This makes it an easy target for Democrats looking to preen about good government while lining their pockets. Under our system, of course, the Supreme Court has the authority to rule on the [...]

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CNN: Campaign finance debate heats up ahead of 2016 (In the News)

By Theodore Schleifer This latest strand of optimism, though, is just a false hope in professional reformers’ “endless fantasy,” said Bradley Smith, a former chair of the Federal Elections Commission who supports relaxing campaign finance regulations. “It’s like watching Charlie Brown, Lucy and the football,” Smith said, recalling the energy that fizzled when “Granny D” trotted across the [...]

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Daily Media Links 4/27: Hillary Clinton’s double standard on ‘unaccountable money’, A Better Way to Rein In Lobbying, and more…

In the News Michigan Live: Do political donors deserve privacy? Michigan debate takes on anonymous giving By Jonathan Oosting LANSING, MI — 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 [...]

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Roll Call: ‘Big Money’ and the 2016 Elections (In the News)

By Stuart Rothenberg In fact, what evidence there is in the article that the issue is emerging as politically significant is small and unpersuasive, though that did not stop the writer from citing a handful of people who are upset about the amount of money in politics and want to change the current system. Perhaps the best piece [...]

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Huffington Post: The Chamber Of Commerce Is Fighting Fiercely To Stop The Scourge Of Corporate Transparency (In the News)

By Paul Blumenthal Aided by the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal, the three big business groups have sought to undercut activist investors and pro-disclosure groups through public campaigns and private meetings with corporate executives.  Chamber President Tom Donohue put their argument succinctly at a December conference. “They say it’s about transparency, that’s a laugh. … The ultimate [...]

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MSNBC: ‘Nothing like this has been done before’ (In the News)

By Steve Benen David Keating, president of the Center for Competitive Politics, told the AP, “Nothing like this has been done before.” And for good reason. In theory, donors have to weigh a variety of considerations before making a contribution: they can donate to a candidate, knowing the money will benefit him or her directly, but there are strict [...]

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Daily Media Links 4/24: Charles Koch: We’re not in politics to boost our bottom line, Clinton Foundation will amend tax filings to reflect foreign giving, and more…

In the News Roll Call: ‘Big Money’ and the 2016 Elections By Stuart Rothenberg In fact, what evidence there is in the article that the issue is emerging as politically significant is small and unpersuasive, though that did not stop the writer from citing a handful of people who are upset about the amount of money in politics [...]

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More Soft Money Hard Law: The State of Contribution Limits in a World of Super PACs (In the News)

By Bob Bauer Yet the Holmes Court is certain that it is being conned, and repeatedly citing Buckley v. Valeo, it is determined to hold the line: the limit is $2700 per election, at least for some candidates, and that is that.  It is unimpressed that candidates fortunate to lack meaningful or any primary opposition may routinely collect $5400 for the general [...]

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The Libertarian Republic: These People Had Their House Raided By Cops Over Political Speech (In the News)

By Joe Trotter The people targeted in these raids are not violent criminals, they were simply speaking their mind about a pressing public issue. But, unfortunately, Chisholm succeeded where the campaign-finance reform community so often fails: he managed, in practice, to shut down legitimate debate and advocacy by wielding government power in ways that directly contradict the [...]

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