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Fox & Hounds: An Attempt to Get Public Financing of Campaigns Through the Back Door (In the News)

Joel Fox
Sen. Ben Allen’s SB 1107 wants to allow public funding of campaigns, something voters prohibited years ago. A long time acquaintance of mine, David Keating who now runs the Center for Competitive Politics in Washington, D.C. had an opinion piece in yesterday’s Orange County Register blasting the attempt by Sen. Allen to overturn a vote of the people with what Keating says is an unconstitutional bill. The voters outlawed public financing of campaigns with Proposition 73 in 1988. As someone who signed the ballot argument in favor of Proposition 73, I agree with Keating’s assessment. If legislators want public financing, legislators can’t do it on their own—they have to ask the voters.
Allen and supporters of SB 1107 claim that they are following the rules of the proposition that allow for legislative changes that “further the purposes” of the initiative. However, as Keating argues in his piece, “How can a bill “further [the] purpose” of the law banning tax-funded campaigns by allowing for tax-financed campaigns? The answer is: It can’t.”

Filed Under: In the News, Quotes CCP

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In the News Fox & Hounds: An Attempt to Get Public Financing of Campaigns Through the Back Door Joel Fox Sen. Ben Allen’s SB 1107 wants to allow public funding of campaigns, something voters prohibited years ago. A long time acquaintance of mine, David Keating who now runs the Center for Competitive Politics in Washington, […]

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Daily Media Links 8/16: New FEC Appointments Fail to Address Key Recommendations, Government reform groups slam Super PAC disclosure bill, claim it will ‘chill’ activism, and more…

CCP The Internet and Free Speech Alex Baiocco No, money is not speech. But, short of standing and shouting on a street corner, speech almost always requires money. An individual Twitter user has to purchase a computer and internet access to post online. A vlogger must buy a webcam to make her viral video supporting […]

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Orange County Register: Sacramento politicians eye illegally avoiding voters (In the News)

David Keating
Simply put, this legislative effort is a brazen attempt to flout the law and the will of the people who voted to ban subsidies for politicians. How can a bill “further [the] purpose” of the law banning tax-funded campaigns by allowing for tax-financed campaigns? The answer is: It can’t…
Were California legislators to take a timeout from rewriting California law by pretending it does not exist, they might learn a lesson from their neighbors to the east in Arizona. That state has had tax-financed campaigns since 2000. The result? An even more ideologically polarized legislature – because more mainstream candidates often find that candidates from the fringes have more resources than they otherwise would.
Most people think California’s legislature is already too polarized. Spending tax dollars to possibly get more polarization is a risky bet.
SB1107 seeks to “fix” a law that bans tax-funded campaigns by enabling tax-funded campaigns. It’s another power play from the Legislature.

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In the News Orange County Register: Sacramento politicians eye illegally avoiding voters David Keating Simply put, this legislative effort is a brazen attempt to flout the law and the will of the people who voted to ban subsidies for politicians. How can a bill “further [the] purpose” of the law banning tax-funded campaigns by allowing […]

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Free Speech Wall Street Journal: We’re For Money and Free Speech, Sometimes (LTE) Mark Holden Regarding Sens. Charles Schumer, Sheldon Whitehouse and Elizabeth Warren’s letter of Aug. 5: Let’s start with the facts. The senators are wrong when they criticize two recent ads, released by the political-action committee affiliated with my organization, for having “undisclosed” […]

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Salt Lake Tribune: State agrees to pay legal fees over unconstitutional campaign law (In the News)

Robert Gehrke
The plaintiffs argued that the law was overly broad and, if the law stood, they would be prohibited from weighing in on ballot questions or possible initiatives unless they disclosed all their donors.
The state ultimately capitulated, entering into an agreement last month that the disclosure requirements were unconstitutional unless related to political entities whose “major purpose” is political advocacy.
The state agreed not to prosecute groups for violating the law and to pay the legal fees for the lawyers with the Alexandria, Va.-based Center for Competitive Politics who represented the plaintiffs.

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In the News Salt Lake Tribune: State agrees to pay legal fees over unconstitutional campaign law Robert Gehrke The plaintiffs argued that the law was overly broad and, if the law stood, they would be prohibited from weighing in on ballot questions or possible initiatives unless they disclosed all their donors. The state ultimately capitulated, […]

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Utah Agrees to Pay $125,000 in Free Speech Lawsuit

State of Utah previously conceded First Amendment violation Alexandria, VA – The state of Utah today told a federal court it would pay $125,000 in attorney’s fees in a constitutional challenge to its campaign finance laws. If the court approves the fees, as expected, it would mark the final step in a lawsuit filed on […]

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Free Speech Washington Post: How the Internet could democratize campaign spending Bob Biersack The prospect of billions of dollars moving opaquely through the Internet and aimed at influencing our votes can sound ominous, especially as the Web is increasingly a tool that Americans use to communicate both personally and politically. In the broadest sense, allowing […]

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