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Star Tribune: Bill opens door to the speech police (In the News)

By Matt Nese and Annette Meeks The irony would be funny if it weren’t so frightening. A Minnesota Senate committee that refuses to hear public testimony is considering a bill that would massively expand the state’s regulation of political speech — under the guise of improving transparency. This measure, Senate File 214, would require any group that simply [...]

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Prosecutor alerts justices to secrecy violation in John Doe (In the News)

By Jason Stein Prosecutor Fran Schmitz made the allegation in a sealed letter to the court Thursday and also referenced the allegation in an open cover letter that was released by the court’s clerk for the first time Friday. Schmitz doesn’t name the violation in the open letter or speculate on the leaker’s identity, but he made the [...]

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Tax Analyst: Donors to Tax-Exempts Often Give Super-Sized Amounts (In the News)

By Paul C. Barton But von Spakovsky said the idea that contributors to a 501(c)(4) can later pull the strings of a winning candidate “is the kind of anecdotal claim for which [progressives] have no proof.” Most winning candidates, he said, will have no idea who contributed to a 501(c)(4) that might have supported them. “I think there [...]

Filed Under: In the News, Quotes CCP

Daily Media Links 3/23: What would privacy expert Louis Brandeis make of the digital age?, Ted Cruz to Announce 2016 GOP Presidential Bid, and more…

In the News Star Tribune: Bill opens door to the speech police By Matt Nese and Annette Meeks The irony would be funny if it weren’t so frightening. A Minnesota Senate committee that refuses to hear public testimony is considering a bill that would massively expand the state’s regulation of political speech — under the guise of improving [...]

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Daily Media Links 3/20: The IRS Gets Out the Vote, Clinton Charity Tapped Foreign Friends, Jeb Bush lawyer tries to stop radio ads touting Bush campaign, and more…

CCP The need to remember, and the passing of Curtis Gans  By Brad Smith I did not know Gans well but did have a few occasions to talk over the years. I first met him at a symposium at Franklin Pierce Law School in New Hampshire in 1996, when he was about the age I am now. [...]

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Daily Media Links 3/19: IRS chief admits some tea party groups still waiting approval, Obama: Maybe it’s time for mandatory voting, and more…

CCP Constitutional and Practical Issues with Minnesota House File 2015  By Matt Nese Current Minnesota law defines such activity with the same precision employed by the Supreme Court in Buckley:  it requires actual “words or phrases of express advocacy.”[7] The amendment proposed in H.F. 2015 would greatly expand the law’s definition. Thus, rather than clarifying the law, it [...]

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Daily Media Links 3/18: The ‘Super PAC to End Super PACs’ Makes a Strategic Retreat, When It Pays to Pretend You’re Not Running for President, and more…

Independent Groups   More Soft Money Hard Law: “Drop-In” Issue Advocacy in Election Seasons and The Disclosure Alternatives By Bob Bauer Just before the turn of the year, the Tenth Circuit decided that Citizens United, the organization, was entitled to the Colorado campaign finance law’s press exemption and so was not required to file public financial reports when producing [...]

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The Hill: Meet the man taking aim at campaign finance regulations (In the News)

By Cameron Joseph David Keating was the mastermind behind the 2010 case SpeechNow.org v. Federal Election Commission that led to the ruling that individuals can spend unlimited amounts of money on political speech, triggering a floodgate of outside group spending.  Now, as head of the conservative, anti-regulation Center for Competitive Politics (CCP), he’s aiming to blow more holes in the damaged [...]

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Orlando Sentinel: Citizens United reinforced U.S. democracy (In the News)

By Bradley A. Smith Would you want the government to decide how much information gets published about politicians and issues during campaigns? Do you want incumbents to decide when citizen groups can criticize politicians? Should government have the power to imprison you if you publish a book or produce a movie criticizing a politician? If you answered [...]

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The New Mexican: Legislative roundup: March 12: Campaign disclosures (In the News)

As reported by The New Mexican this week, the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Competitive Politics last month wrote to House leaders saying the bill was unconstitutional and would chill free speech rights of independent expenditure groups by making them say who is paying for their ads.  Read more…

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