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Portland Mercury: A National Right-Wing Group Wants to Keep Big Money in County Elections (In the News)

Portland Mercury: A National Right-Wing Group Wants to Keep Big Money in County Elections By Doug Brown “They gave me a call,” says TAO Executive Director Jason Williams. “And I’m glad they’re around. I hate these laws that try to limit free speech.” Owen Yeates, the lead CCP attorney representing TAO in opposing the reform […]

Filed Under: In the News, Quotes CCP

SCOTUSblog: Wednesday round-up (In the News)

By Edith Roberts 
At the Center for Competitive Politics, Luke Wachob “discusses three consequences of an America without the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Buckley v. Valeo,” and concludes that “[p]reserving Buckley is essential to protecting the First Amendment right to free speech.” 

Filed Under: In the News, Luke Wachob, Quotes CCP

SF Gate: Experts defend, oppose Electoral College, campaign finance rules (In the News)

By Bob Egelko  
The Electoral College is good for democracy and regulation of political campaign financing is generally bad, one expert on election laws told a judicial conference in San Francisco on Tuesday…
Organizers of the panel on law and politics at the annual conference of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals were evidently looking for a diversity of viewpoints, and got what they were looking for…
As for regulation, Smith – author of the 2001 book “Unfree Speech: The Folly of Campaign Finance Reform” – said laws requiring disclosure of campaign contributions provide little useful information to the public. He endorsed the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling that allowed corporations and unions, as a matter of free speech, to make unlimited political donations…
Ravel, also former chairwoman of the California Fair Political Practices Commission, said she was particularly concerned with high-tech “micro-targeting” of voting populations, aimed at lowering their turnout with fabricated campaign ads and “fake news spread by bots.”
But Smith said voter participation was suffering because “campaigns are now centralized, in part because you have so many laws.”

Filed Under: Brad Smith, In the News, Quotes CCP

Courthouse News Service: Voter Fraud Extremely Rare, Conference Panel Agrees (In the News)

Courthouse News Service: Voter Fraud Extremely Rare, Conference Panel Agrees By Matthew Renda Professor Richard Hasen, co-editor of the Election Law Journal, Ann Ravel, a law professor and former chair of the Federal Elections Commission and Bradley Smith, a professor who also formerly chaired the FEC, discussed some of the most pressing issues regarding voter […]

Filed Under: Brad Smith, In the News, Quotes CCP

Daily Media Links 7/19: House Democrats Focus on Ethics, Political Money, New hearing on ‘dark-money’ proposal, and more…

In the News SCOTUSblog: Wednesday round-up By Edith Roberts At the Center for Competitive Politics, Luke Wachob “discusses three consequences of an America without the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Buckley v. Valeo,” and concludes that “[p]reserving Buckley is essential to protecting the First Amendment right to free speech.” SF Gate: Experts defend, oppose Electoral […]

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Daily Media Links 7/18: Vermont passes ethics, disclosure laws; now Idaho’s one of just two states without, Revolving door rarely swings for lawmakers returning as lobbyists, and more…

CCP New CCP Issue Brief: A World Without Buckley v. Valeo The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) released a new Issue Brief today summarizing key aspects of the 1976 Supreme Court decision, Buckley v. Valeo. Without the landmark decision – which many powerful politicians and activists wish to overturn – political speech and association rights would […]

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New CCP Issue Brief: A World Without Buckley v. Valeo

Overturning Buckley would do great damage to the First Amendment Alexandria, VA – The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) released a new Issue Brief today summarizing key aspects of the 1976 Supreme Court decision, Buckley v. Valeo. Without the landmark decision – which many powerful politicians and activists wish to overturn – political speech and […]

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Daily Media Links 7/17: Prosecutors and Political Corruption, Should Landlords Be Forced to Subsidize Others’ Speech?, and more…

FEC The Hill: Officials clash at FEC over confronting Russian influence in 2018 elections By Lisa Hagen The heated clash over the topic comes as lawmakers and watchdog groups have been mounting pressure on the FEC to look into Donald Trump Jr.’s emails after recent reports that he accepted a meeting with a Russian lawyer […]

Filed Under: Daily Media Links

Daily Media Links 7/14: Little FEC Consensus on Moves to Combat Foreign Influence, An Informed Citizenry: Broadening The “Media Exemption” to Include Nonprofit Communications, and more…

In the News Santa Fe New Mexican: Both sides in ‘dark money’ debate voice concerns at hearing By Andrew Oxford Opponents and some supporters of proposed rules to expand required disclosure of political spending agree on one thing: The regulations could reach beyond big-spending “dark money” groups. The first of three public hearings on the […]

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Santa Fe New Mexican: Both sides in ‘dark money’ debate voice concerns at hearing (In the News)

Santa Fe New Mexican: Both sides in ‘dark money’ debate voice concerns at hearing By Andrew Oxford Opponents and some supporters of proposed rules to expand required disclosure of political spending agree on one thing: The regulations could reach beyond big-spending “dark money” groups. The first of three public hearings on the rules proposed by […]

Filed Under: In the News, Quotes CCP