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Talk Media News: South Dakota campaign reform spells trouble (In the News)

Edward Zuckerman
A ballot initiative awaiting South Dakota voters would ostensibly reform the state’s campaign finance laws, but the Center for Competitive Politics said Initiate 22 would impose burdens on First Amendment political speech rights. One provision, CCP said, would create a Catch-22 for nonprofit organizations that publish non-partisan voter guides. The initiative requires them to declare their support or opposition to candidates mentioned in their communication, even though their federal tax-exempt status forbids them from making such endorsements.

Filed Under: In the News, Quotes CCP

Daily Media Links 8/26: The Government Shouldn’t Get to Do Unconstitutional Things by Only Doing Them for Short Periods of Time, Free Speech Is the Basis of a True Education, and more…

CCP Speech These Days: It’s Just Too Damn Loud… Alex Baiocco What Schweber is really suggesting is that the best way to encourage “reasoned dialogue” is for the government to limit speech that it views as “inherently louder than others.” Continuing to use internet discussion as his metaphor, he claims that internet speech platforms must […]

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CCP Releases Analysis of Initiated Measure 22: The “South Dakota Government Accountability and Anti-Corruption Act”

Alexandria, VA – The Center for Competitive Politics, America’s largest nonprofit focusing on public education and defense of First Amendment political speech rights, released an analysis today by Senior Fellow Eric Wang regarding South Dakota’s Initiated Measure 22, otherwise known as the “South Dakota Government Accountability and Anti-Corruption Act.” To read the analysis, click here […]

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Daily Media Links 8/25: Bernie Sanders’s Post-Campaign Political Revolution Is Already Imploding, Cuomo signs this year’s ethics bill, highlighting Citizens United reform, and more…

Independent Groups USA Today: Even Trump and Clinton need big-money donors Richard L. Hasen None of these things — Trump courting super PAC donors, Clinton getting paid by the wealthiest companies as a private citizen, or Clinton as secretary of State giving access to big donors to her foundation — amounts to criminal activity or […]

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Daily Media Links 8/24: Colorado’s campaign-finance bullies threaten free speech, Total Presidential Fundraising 15 Percent Below 2012, and more…

CCP Donor Privacy Frees Groups to Criticize Government Luke Wachob MapLight casts this finding in as negative a tone as possible, trumpeting that “‘dark money’ groups were more likely to pay for attack ads than other political organizations.” Another way to write this would be: Groups that are forced to report the names and home […]

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Daily Media Links 8/23: Freedom Caucus’ Jordan Eyes Another Push to Oust IRS Chief, Civil Liberties Union says Cuomo reform bill is unconstitutional, and more…

Free Speech Federalist: The Coming Free Speech Apocalypse Daniel Payne In America, you can say just about any offensive thing imaginable, directed at just about any group or person imaginable, and you’ll be okay. Add to that the strong protections for political speech that statute and Supreme Court precedent have established, and America is almost […]

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Daily Media Links 8/22: Bernie Sanders’ New Political Group Raises Campaign Finance Questions, Why Corporations Have an Important Role to Play in Political and Social Issues, and more…

CCP Warren and Whitehouse Deceive on Oil Industry Contributions Joe Albanese But for the sake of demonstrating how easy it is to spin a lawmaker’s campaign contributions, let’s give Senators Warren and Whitehouse the same treatment using data again from the Center for Responsive Politics. The Senators clearly support investigations against Exxon that could lead […]

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Daily Media Links 8/19: FEC opening door to Internet regulation – again?, Identity thieves target Dems’ big donors after DNC hack, and more…

FEC  Fox News: FEC opening door to Internet regulation – again? Adam Shaw The commission also split 3-3 in a recent case that asked if the Internet exemption also exempts a webcast of a discussion with political candidates that provides a link to contribute to candidates. The Republicans said it was exempt; the Democrats disagreed. […]

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Daily Media Links 8/18: States have power to curtail ‘dark money’ in politics, How Bernie Sanders beat the clock — and avoided disclosure, and more…

CCP Democratic AGs Double Down on Criminalizing Opposing Views Joe Albanese By suggesting that Exxon is committing fraud by protecting those interests, the AGs are essentially arguing that certain interpretations of climate science or pending legislation are not only wrong, but prosecutable offenses. In short, they are arguing that businesses can be sued for speech […]

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Bloomberg BNA: FEC Foreign-Money Proposal Unlikely to Yield Consensus (In the News)

Kenneth P. Doyle
The proposal by Democratic FEC Commissioner Ann Ravel, which is on the agenda for an Aug. 16 commission meeting, calls for rescinding a decade-old FEC advisory opinion that allowed a U.S. domestic subsidiary of a foreign-based company to establish a corporate political action committee and pay for the PAC’s administrative costs…
FEC Democrats repeatedly have warned that campaign spending by corporations and other outside groups since the 2010 Citizens United ruling could open the door to foreign influence in U.S. politics. Republicans have countered that the supposed threat of foreign money is overblown and meant to provide cover for Democrats to impose a broader regulatory agenda.
After an FEC-sponsored forum on the issue in June, Republican election lawyer Bradley Smith, a former FEC commissioner who heads of the nonprofit Center for Competitive Politics, said foreign money already is illegal in U.S. campaigns, and there was “no evidence of any significant efforts by foreigners to circumvent the prohibition”

Filed Under: In the News, Quotes CCP