Free Speech, Fair Elections, and Campaign Finance Laws: Can They Co-Exist?

A prominent politician once observed that, “You can either have free speech or fair elections, but you can’t have both.” In this article, CCP Academic Advisor and Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School Joel M. Gora argues that saying has it all backwards. In fact, you cannot have one without the other. The election of 2012 […]

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The Nuclear Amendment

Last Tuesday, Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) introduced the latest proposed Constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling in Citizens United. According to Sen. Tester, the amendment seeks to ensure that “real people and their ideas – not corporations and their money – …decide our elections.” As misguided as this understanding of Citizens United […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Money in Politics, Super PACs, campaign finance, campaign finance reform, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, First Amendment, First Amendment speech, free speech, money in politics

IRS Targeting Program Update

Revelations from Congressional investigations into the IRS targeting program last week continue to cast doubt on the veracity of the agency’s narrative that the targeting was perpetrated by “rogue” agents. According to IRS employee Gary Muthert of the Cincinnati branch, his supervisor explained to him that “Washington, D.C. wanted some cases,” when told to look […]

Filed Under: Blog, IRS and the Tea Party, campaign finance, Disclosure, IRS and the Tea Party, IRS coverage

Media Watch: Good News for Campaign Finance

The NY Time’s David Firestone published a post on the Time’s Editorial Page Editor’s blog last week decrying the post-election spending results.  Titled “Bad News for Campaign Finance,” the post was in many ways a sign of how the First Amendment protections have been prevailing over ridiculous political speech restrictions and citizens have been more involved than […]

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Another Poor Idea for New York

The Campaign Finance Institute has released a study on implementing taxpayer financed political welfare for politicians in the Empire State.  Claiming that this would cost New York taxpayers only about two dollars per resident, University of Albany professor and CFI’s Executive Director Michael Malbin also claims in the report that: “There is no question that big […]

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Daily Media Links 11/16: Campaign Finance Events Friday 11/16, Targeting the ‘Lobbyist’ Next Door, and more…

CCP Campaign Finance Events Friday 11/16  By Joe Trotter There are two events tomorrow in the DC area on campaign finance.  The first event is the GW law review symposium, titled: “Law and Democracy: A Symposium on the Law of Governing Our Democratic Process” (link here), features  CCP founder and Chairman Brad Smith at the […]

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Learn Liberty Presents: “Money in Politics”

IHS’  Learn Liberty video series released a video featuring Brad Smith yesterday entitled “Money in Politics.” Should we worry when money and politics mix? Common wisdom suggests that large campaign contributions can corrupt politicians and disenfranchise regular voters. However, Prof. Brad Smith argues that the real result of campaign finance regulation has been to turn […]

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Daily Media Links 7/26: Groups ask FEC to blur lines between candidates, super PACs and nonprofits, Bundlers Give to Both Parties, and more…

Independent groups Politico: Dawn of the Mommy and Daddy PACs  By KENNETH P. VOGEL Talk about helicopter parents: Candidates’ rich mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters increasingly are pouring cash into super PACs that support their loved ones’ campaigns — a phenomenon that critics say tests the bounds of both contribution limits and rules barring coordination between […]

Filed Under: Daily Media Links, campaign ads, campaign finance, campaign finance reform, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Contribution limits, coordination, corporate contributions, DISCLOSE

Daily Media Links 6/22: Are corporate campaign contributions good or bad for shareholders, Stirring the constitutional pot, and more…

CCP Are corporate campaign contributions good or bad for shareholders? By Jason Farrell The argument that corporate spending on political campaigns is making companies rich has been screamed ad infinitum by the media and pro-regulation groups like Common Cause. Read more… Independent groups Washington Post: Stirring the constitutional pot  By Ruth Marcus In the age of […]

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Daily Media Links 6/18: How Government Stifles Grassroots Political Advocacy, Supreme Court Considering Case That Defies Citizens United Ruling, and more…

In the News National Review: How Government Stifles Grassroots Political Advocacy By Bradley A. Smith Earlier today Senator McConnell gave a major address at the American Enterprise Institute,  criticizing efforts,  both formal and informal,  to silence political speakers. Senator McConnell’s welcome speech was aimed at countering the post–Citizens United effort of some on the left,  including […]

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