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Daily Media Links 2/4: The Decline of Political Party Power, Meet the people who give campaign money to billionaire Donald Trump, and more…

Political Parties National Review: The Decline of Political Party Power Jonah Goldberg Once upon a time, earmarks and other perks encouraged partisan loyalty up and down the food chain. But party leaders stripped themselves of these prerogatives, like soldiers tearing off their stripes. As party power has declined, the relative strength of special interests has […]

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Baltimore Sun: Howard County Council members propose ‘citizen funded campaign system’ (In the News)

Fatimah Waseem The price tag of publicly funded campaigns is a source of concern, said Wendy Underhill, a program manager for elections policy with the National Conference of State Legislatures, a bipartisan non-governmental organization that works with state legislatures. “Proponents will suggest that having funds makes it more possible for competitive races to be run. […]

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The Hill: Sentimental ex-senators lament impact of Buckley, forget history (In the News)

Luke Wachob What happens when you ask two octogenarian ex-senators to explain how wonderful things used to be? A predictably nostalgic fairy tale that bears no resemblance to the past, has no relevant impact on present policy, and provides no guidance for the future. That’s the gist of a recent op-ed in The Hill by […]

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Daily Media Links 2/3: Bush Got Little Bang For His Buck in Iowa, Chisholm has no right to share illegally seized ‘evidence’, and more…

In the News The Hill: Sentimental ex-senators lament impact of Buckley, forget history Luke Wachob What happens when you ask two octogenarian ex-senators to explain how wonderful things used to be? A predictably nostalgic fairy tale that bears no resemblance to the past, has no relevant impact on present policy, and provides no guidance for […]

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Daily Media Links 2/2: Cruz wins Iowa GOP caucuses; Clinton appears to hold off Sanders, Wesleyan Media Project Sees Disconnect Between Election Ad Spending and Poll Results, and more…

Iowa Caucus Fox News: Cruz wins Iowa GOP caucuses; Clinton appears to hold off Sanders Early Tuesday, the Iowa Democratic Party said Clinton had been awarded 699.57 state delegate equivalents while Sanders had received 695.49 state delegate equivalents with one precinct outstanding. That precinct was worth 2.28 state delegate equivalents — not enough for Sanders […]

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Wall Street Journal: That’s Odd, ‘Big Money’ Isn’t Buying This Election (In the News)

Bradley Smith Apparently oblivious to the failure of “big money” to dictate the race, the goo-goos—the good-government crowd—have cranked up the same theme they use every election year. “We must,” they say, “have campaign finance reform.” We must “get money out of politics.” The Supreme Court must reverse its 2010 decision in Citizens United and […]

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Daily Media Links 2/1: Clinton camp plans to roll out Washington Post’s anti-Sanders editorial, FEC Commissioner: U.S. Political System Only Benefits White Men, and more…

In the News Wall Street Journal: That’s Odd, ‘Big Money’ Isn’t Buying This Election Bradley Smith Apparently oblivious to the failure of “big money” to dictate the race, the goo-goos—the good-government crowd—have cranked up the same theme they use every election year. “We must,” they say, “have campaign finance reform.” We must “get money out […]

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Daily Media Links 1/29: Republicans Echo Super PAC Ads in Debate Attacks, Serve Free Speech With That Bernie Sanders Ice Cream, and more…

Independent Groups Time: Republicans Echo Super PAC Ads in Debate Attacks Katie Reilly At Thursday’s debate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was asked about the attacks on rival Republicans from the super PAC that is supporting him. In response, he shrugged. “As it relates to the super PACs, I have no control over that, and […]

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Daily Media Links 1/28: Cruz and Super-PACs Echo Each Other’s Anti-Trump Ads, Bernie Sanders’s fiction-filled campaign, and more…

Independent Groups Bloomberg: Dark Money Dominates Political Ad Spending William Allison Still, the bulk of the political spending by dark money groups targeted issues without mentioning candidates—about $161 million of the $213 million spent. While most of the groups focused on legislative issues like the agreement with Iran over its nuclear program, lifting the ban […]

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Vox: The agency that enforces our campaign finance laws doesn’t do its job. And many people like it that way. (In the News)

Richard Skinner The FEC has had a troubled history. In its early years, commissioners were often ineffectual veterans appointed over and over. Increasingly, its Republican commissioners have been hostile to the FEC’s very mission. In 2000, congressional Republicans pressured Bill Clinton to accept law professor Bradley Smith, whose views were summarized by the title of […]

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