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Cato Institute: The Senate’s Breathtaking Stab at Political Speech (In the News)

Serious or not, the U.S. Senate leadership’s attempt at curbing political speech would have dramatically reduced the range of political debate. Allen Dickerson of the Center for Competitive Politics comments on the failed amendment to the Constitution.   Listen…  

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The Arizona Republic: Let’s face it: Clean Elections has failed (In the News)

By Luke Wachob The independent Government Accountability Office studied these programs and found that public financing regimes in Arizona and Maine did not encourage new candidates or aid candidates challenging incumbents. On the contrary, “[t]here were no statistically significant differences observed for … contestedness (number of candidates per race) and incumbent reelection rates.” In addition, a Center [...]

Filed Under: Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, In the News, Luke Wachob, Published Articles

Daily Media Links 9/24: The Senate’s Breathtaking Stab at Political Speech, Federal judge rules donor disclosure required for political documentary, and more…

In the News The Arizona Republic: Let’s face it: Clean Elections has failed   By Luke Wachob The independent Government Accountability Office studied these programs and found that public financing regimes in Arizona and Maine did not encourage new candidates or aid candidates challenging incumbents. On the contrary, “[t]here were no statistically significant differences observed for … [...]

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New CPA-Zicklin Index Flawed

“Like asking a fox to offer ‘best practices’ for henhouses.” The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) today criticized the newly released 2014 Center for Political Accountability (CPA-Zicklin) index as a “flawed and partisan measure of corporate accountability.” “Treating the CPA-Zicklin Index as a measure of ‘best corporate practices’ is like asking foxes to offer best [...]

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Washington Times: The right to speak and be left alone (In the News)

By Scott Blackburn The Center for Competitive Politics, representing the institute in court, argues that its donors shouldn’t have to choose between speaking their minds on political issues and telling the government where they work and live. Donors who might help fund the ads won’t open their checkbooks if they lose their privacy. The disclosure mandate imposed on [...]

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Daily Media Links 9/23: First battle in the battle for the First Amendment, Lois Lerner: ‘I Didn’t Do Anything Wrong’ and more…

In the News Washington Times: The right to speak and be left alone  By Scott Blackburn The Center for Competitive Politics, representing the institute in court, argues that its donors shouldn’t have to choose between speaking their minds on political issues and telling the government where they work and live. Donors who might help fund the ads won’t open [...]

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Daily Media Links 9/22: The Influence Loophole, Lying in Political Campaigns and the Judicial Response, Democrats love their campaign money but not anyone else’s, and more…

SCOTUS/Judiciary Wall Street Journal: How Wisconsin Prosecutors Became Campaign Partisans: Their raids on conservatives have chilled political speech and amount to a huge donation to Democrats.   By RICHARD M. ESENBERG  Members of Wisconsin conservative advocacy groups tell me that they are reluctant to speak out on the issues, and that donors are wary of donating, [...]

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CFIF: Former FEC Chairman Pans So-Called DISCLOSE Act of 2014 (In the New)

Bradley Smith, Founder of the Center for Competitive Politics and former Federal Elections Commission Chairman, discusses his recent testimony before the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration regarding the DISCLOSE Act of 2014 and why the proposed excessive disclosure requirements can damage Listen…

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Daily Media Links 9/19: Senate Democrats’ war on free speech, Fascism in the First Amendment?, and more…

Amending the First Amendment   McClatchy-Tribune: Senate Democrats’ war on free speech By Jay Ambrose By recently voicing full-hearted approval of a bill eviscerating the First Amendment guarantee of free speech, Senate Democrats showed themselves to be among the most extreme, irresponsible, self-serving and historically ignorant establishment politicians of this era. If they should actually get their [...]

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Cato Supreme Court Review: McCutcheon v. FEC and the Supreme Court’s Return to Buckley (In the News)

By Allen Dickerson The Court began with the largely uncontroversial position that the spending of money—while not itself speech—is necessary for effective advocacy in the United States. As the Court has long recognized, “virtually every means of communicating ideas in today’s mass society requires the expenditure of money.”3 Money is not speech, nor is oxygen fire, but [...]

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