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Wilmington News Journal: Free speech wins, campaign ‘reform’ loses (In the News)

Scott Blackburn and Luke Wachob Such disclosure rules have captured the worst of both worlds. They restrict the speech of small groups that want to promote their message, and they have no chance whatsoever of regulating the “big fish” in politics – both because well-heeled organizations can afford to hire expert attorneys to navigate the […]

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Daily Media Links 8/31: Big money doesn’t win elections, Demonstrators Can’t Use Supreme Court’s Outdoor Plaza, Appeals Court Says, and more…

In the News Wilmington News Journal: Free speech wins, campaign ‘reform’ loses Scott Blackburn and Luke Wachob Such disclosure rules have captured the worst of both worlds. They restrict the speech of small groups that want to promote their message, and they have no chance whatsoever of regulating the “big fish” in politics – both […]

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Daily Media Link 8/28: We ‘the Sheeple’, Has Lessig Lost It? The Marriage of Larry and the Donald, and more…

Wisconsin ‘John Doe’ Wall Street Journal: We ‘the Sheeple’ Editorial Board Wisconsin’s Supreme Court shut down the John Doe investigation of conservative groups in July, but it turns out the probe was even worse than the judges knew. Documents filed at the state Supreme Court opposing Special Prosecutor Francis Schmitz’s motion to reconsider show that […]

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Daily Media Links 8/27: Parties Play Politics With FEC Complaints, Where’s the outrage when the left tries to change the Constitution?, and more…

FEC Roll Call: Parties Play Politics With FEC Complaints Nathan L. Gonzalez “Everyone knows both sides file complaints to get press hits,” one campaign strategist said anonymously in order to speak candidly. For example, in July a former Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee communications director now with an outside group, American Democracy Legal Fund, filed an […]

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Daily Media Links 8/26: Three Cheers for Citizens United!, IRS finds yet another Lois Lerner email account, and more…

CCP Media Watch: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette doesn’t understand what ‘anti-democratic’ means Brian Walsh To add insult to injury, the Board’s next claim about spending by candidates and Super PACs is a real doozy. The Editorial Board declares that “Presidential candidates collected $400 million in contributions in the first half of this year, most of it […]

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Huffington Post: Larry Lessig’s Half-Serious Plan to Hold the Country Hostage (In the News)

Allen Dickerson This is a remarkable bit of egoism. Several other landmarks in our history — the Emancipation Proclamation, the Voting Rights Act, or the Constitution itself — are certainly more consequential steps toward self-government than the inchoate Act. Writing the Act will prove even more difficult with such grandiose expectations. This delusional sense of […]

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Daily Media Links 8/25: Democratic group accuses GOP candidates of illegally coordinating with Koch political network, Would more lobbying improve America?, and more…

In the News Huffington Post: Larry Lessig’s Half-Serious Plan to Hold the Country Hostage Allen Dickerson This is a remarkable bit of egoism. Several other landmarks in our history — the Emancipation Proclamation, the Voting Rights Act, or the Constitution itself — are certainly more consequential steps toward self-government than the inchoate Act. Writing the […]

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Daily Media Links 8/24: Even Speech We Hate Should Be Free, Silicon Valley Icon Wants to Hack His Way to the Presidency, and more…

CCP Attention Members of Congress: Super PACs Disclose Their Donors Scott Blackburn We often read articles and letters to the editor from individuals demanding the full disclosure of donors to Super PACs. It is an understandable confusion. News reports regularly warn about the “torrent of dark money” and then go on to talk about Super […]

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Daily Media Links 8/21: Which Candidates’ Super PACs Are Getting Most Corporate Money?, Federal Election Commission refuses to release computer security study, and more…

Independent Groups Wall Street Journal: Which Candidates’ Super PACs Are Getting Most Corporate Money? Daniel Nasaw In addition to besting its rivals in total corporate donations, Right to Rise USA, founded by Mr. Bush’s supporters in January, received a far greater number of corporate contributions: 498 separate donations in the first half of 2015, Federal […]

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Daily Media Links 8/20: Campaign Finance Restrictions Fit Like a Straitjacket, John Oliver pressures IRS for televangelists crackdown, and more…

Free Speech Medium: Campaign Finance Restrictions Fit Like a Straitjacket Paul Jossey FECA limited political contributions and expenditures to a non-inflation adjusted $1000/calendar year. It essentially barred — with criminal penalties — anyone with anything more than a bullhorn from speaking “relative to” a political candidate. For example, in 2004 the head of the California ACLU would have risked […]

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