Brad Smith on ProPublica Panel Discussing Money in Politics

Brad Smith took part in a panel hosted by ProPublica last night in NYC on money in politics and what effect this has on democratic elections. You can watch the taped panel below or by clicking the UStream link. Other panelists included: Kim Barker, investigative reporter for ProPublica. Her groundbreaking “How Nonprofits Spend Millions on […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Featured Content, Money in Politics, Brad Smith, money in politics, Panel, ProPublica, District Of Columbia, New York

CCP Takes Part in ProPublica Event Discussing Money in Elections Tuesday, Oct. 9, 6:30 pm

CONTACT: Sarah Lee, Communications Director, 770.598.7961 ALEXANDRIA, Va. — CCP will take part in a forum tonight in New York City with pro-reform group ProPublica to discuss what they’re calling the rise of “dark money” in campaigns. CCP’s representative will try to counter this idea by presenting the fact that, for the most part, where […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, External Relations Press Releases, External Relations Sub-Pages, Featured Content, Newsroom, Press Releases, Brad Smith, Dark Money, Panel, ProPublica, District Of Columbia, New York

The 4 Myths of Super PACs

Super PACs have been and will continue to be a thorn in the side of entrenched political interests. — Brad Smith The third installment of the Institute for Human Studies Learn Liberty video series featuring CCP founder and former FEC chairman Bradley Smith has been released, with this video focused on busting some of the […]

Filed Under: Blog, Super PACs, Brad Smith, CCP videos, Learn Liberty, super PACs, District Of Columbia

The changing rates of political advertising

Just an interesting note on an emerging issue in the world of campaign finance: The Big Boss had a few thoughts this morning on the issue of ad rates for super PACs relative to ad rates for candidates. This U.S. News & World Report piece from this past summer does a fair job of explaining […]

Filed Under: Blog, Super PACs, ad rates, Brad Smith, candidates, super PACs, District Of Columbia

ALEC has Moyers Working Hard

Bill Moyers has apparently created a documentary entitled “The United States of ALEC” wherein he chronicles, according to the Common Cause blog, the fact that ALEC is supposedly: writing laws in all 50 states, everything from rolling back environmental regulations to gutting workers’ rights. This might shock you; after all, don’t we elect legislators to […]

Filed Under: Blog, Featured Content, Bill Moyers, Brad Smith, United States of ALEC, District Of Columbia

IHS/CCP Video Collaboration: Video #2 – Is Money Speech?

CCP Founder and Chairman Bradley Smith appears in video number 2 of the Institute for Humane Studies’ Learn Liberty Series featuring campaign finance issues, questions, and policies. This time, Smith asks listeners to provide their own thoughts on whether or not they think money equals speech in elections. He sets the question up thusly: “You know […]

Filed Under: Blog, Brad Smith, Learn Liberty, Money as Speech, District Of Columbia

CCP and IHS collaborate on video series

The Institute for Human Studies (IHS) at George Mason University and the Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) have recently concluded a series of videos as part of IHS’ LearnLiberty.org, an effort that seeks to answer the following questions: What is the nature of man and society? What are the best ways to organize human society? […]

Filed Under: Blog, Super PACs, Brad Smith, George Mason, Institute for Humane Studies, Learn Liberty Series, videos, District Of Columbia

Public Perception of Citizens United

Last week we posted news of a poll on the heels of a hearing on the Hill where overturning Citizens United was discussed with relish. The poll was conducted jointly by the ostensibly non-partisan outlets the Washington Post and Pew. Today, we offer Brad Smith’s op-ed in yesterday’s Washington Examiner explaining the results of two polls […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Super PACs, Brad Smith, polling, Washington Examiner, District Of Columbia

The Reality of the DISCLOSE Act

Brad Smith was interviewed Friday on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal where he was asked about the newest version of the DISCLOSE Act. He reiterates the problems with every version of the DISCLOSE Act — that the legislation in ever iteration is, at its heart, a partisan piece of legislation that seeks to keep some groups from […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Brad Smith, C-SPAN, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, DISCLOSE, Disclose Act, Washington Journal, District Of Columbia

Money, Politics and Democracy at Stake and How Government Stifles Grassroots Political Advocacy

The American Constitution Society held a conference Friday on money in politics.  The panel, “Citizens United Two Years Later: Money, Politics and Democracy at Stake,” featured CCP Chairman Brad Smith, and discussed Citizens United, disclosure, and public financing. Jonathan Adler from the Volokh Conspiracy attended and reported on the panel: Professor Bradley Smith of Capital University, former chair of the […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Money in Politics, Brad Smith, campaign finance, campaign finance reform, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Contribution, Contribution limits, DISCLOSE, Disclose Act, Disclosure, FEC, First Amendment, John Edwards, money in politics, super PAC