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Daily Media Links 1/22: ‘Citizens United’ misunderstood, President Obama Issues False Statement on Citizens United, ‘A Better Politics’ Or Not, and more…

In the News The Hill: Bringing political parties up to speed  By Luke Wachob Our democracy is being flooded – with bad punditry. When news broke before the holidays that Congressional leaders had struck a deal to increase the amount of money political parties can raise from donors for specific purposes, a tidal wave of cynical and short-sighted [...]

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NPR: 5 Years After Citizens United, Secret Money Floods Into U.S. Politics (In the News)

By Peter Overby BRAD SMITH: We do not have foreigners running our elections. We are not more oligarchical, right? We don’t have these kinds of problems. Corporate money is not swamping the system, and elections are more competitive.   Read more…

Filed Under: In the News, Quotes CCP

Huffington Post: Super PACs: Just Helping Out a Friend (In the News)

By Taylor Lincoln and Andrew Perez The Center for Competitive Politics, which supports the Citizens United decision, promptly issued a response to our report, indicating both that there’s nothing “surprising” about friends of candidates running super PACs that support them and, anyways, any suspicion of coordination between the groups and candidates is just “the stuff [...]

Filed Under: In the News, Quotes CCP

News Telegram: Reforming contribution limits (In the News)

By Scott Blackburn In November, the State House saw two incumbent members lose their election, the same number of representatives that were kicked out for criminal convictions during the past term. Of the 160-member House, the voters decided that only two incumbent politicians didn’t deserve another two years on the job.  A similar story played out in [...]

Filed Under: In the News, Published Articles, Scott Blackburn

Daily Media Links 1/21: Ex-McConnell Aide Launches GOP Senate Super PAC, Supreme Court Divided Over Judicial Candidate Campaign Donations, and more…

In the News News Telegram: Reforming contribution limits  By Scott Blackburn In November, the State House saw two incumbent members lose their election, the same number of representatives that were kicked out for criminal convictions during the past term. Of the 160-member House, the voters decided that only two incumbent politicians didn’t deserve another two years [...]

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Reuters: Citizens United gives freedom of speech back to the people (In the News)

By Bradley A. Smith  It’s not merely that dire predictions about Citizens United have not come true. It is that Citizens United is having positive effects on U.S. elections.   The most obvious is in political competition. Citizens United has made it far easier for challengers to compete with incumbents, particularly challengers in late-breaking races. The first two [...]

Filed Under: Brad Smith, In the News, Published Articles

Daily Media Links 1/20: Tying Up the First Amendment With Red Tape, Supreme Court to Review Bans on Solicitations in Judge Races, and more…

In the News Reuters: Citizens United gives freedom of speech back to the people  By Bradley A. Smith  It’s not merely that dire predictions about Citizens United have not come true. It is that Citizens United is having positive effects on U.S. elections.   The most obvious is in political competition. Citizens United has made it far [...]

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Daily Media Links 1/16: Campaign Finance and Citizens United Ruling, How public funding of elections makes politics even more polarized, and more…

CCP Brad Smith’s Comments on Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in Response to McCutcheon v. FEC  The Commission should also review the limitations on corporate and labor union separate segregated fund solicitations. Fundraising appeals are speech fully-protected by the First Amendment, and restrictions such as 11 C.F.R. § 114.6, which limits separate segregated funds to making “a total [...]

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Daily Media Links 1/15: A 2012 phenomenon could be a 2016 norm: Candidates hanging around thanks to super PAC spending, ‘Activist at heart’ Ann Ravel takes gavel at FEC, and more…

Event: Citizens United v. FEC after Five Years Should the government have the power to ban a book if it contains any political advocacy?  It took that position, until the Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United v. FEC that Congress could not take away citizen’s political speech rights when they band together in corporations and unions.  On the fifth anniversary [...]

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Center for Competitive Politics Reacts To Public Citizen Report

CCP President David Keating: “Mere suspicion is not actual evidence – it’s the stuff of a conspiracy theorists and hysterics.” Alexandria, VA – The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) today released the following statement today in response to a report by Public Citizen claiming rampant coordination between Super PACs and the candidates they support: “Public Citizen’s [...]

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