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 […]

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Senator McConnell to speak at AEI on “Growing threats to our First Amendment rights.”

Today at 11:30 a.m. (registration 11:15) Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will deliver what promises to be a major address at the American Enterprise Institute. (Live stream here.) Speaking under the title, “Growing threats to our First Amendment rights,” the Senator is expected to call attention to the efforts by the Administration to undermine free […]

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Allen Dickerson testimony before Maryland General Assembly Commission

CCP Legal Director Allen Dickerson was invited to offer testimony today to the Maryland Commission to Study Campaign Finance Law, established by the the Maryland General Assembly in 2011. Dickerson will be speaking on behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics and will discuss issues such as contribution limits and disclosure regulation. You can see […]

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In the News: WSJ: The Corporate Disclosure Ruse

CCP Chairman Bradley A. Smith in the Wall Street Journal.  WSJ: The Corporate Disclosure Ruse  “Chances are, you’ve never heard from Bruce Freed. That’s because the founder of the Center for Political Accountability (CPA) is far busier ensuring you never hear from corporate America. At least not when it comes to political free speech. In […]

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Edwards Mistrial, CCP Response

CONTACT: Sarah Lee, Communications Director, Center for Competitive Politics, 770.598.7961 ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Following news of the not guilty verdict on one count today and a declaration of a mistrial on the other counts in John Edwards’ campaign finance trial, Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) President David Keating released the following statement: “After incurring the enormous costs of […]

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John Edwards guilty of worse things than campaign finance violations

Center for Competitive Politics’ Legal Director Allen Dickerson has authored another fine piece for Campaigns and Elections Magazine on why charging John Edwards with a campaign finance violation may have been a mistake with negative consequences for free campaign speech going forward. I understand the desire to make an example of Edwards. The fact that […]

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More campaign finance disclosure silliness

Since everyone is all atwitter that this year’s presidential campaign will somehow set some new bar for negativity, it is worth remembering the attacks made on Abraham Lincoln, which were not only often vicious (e.g. “His head is shaped something like a ruta-bago, and his complexion is that of a Saratoga trunk. His hands and […]

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Brad Smith on NPR affiliate in Los Angeles argues that super PACs are good for electoral process

CCP Chair Brad Smith spent a few minutes early today answering questions for 89.3 KPCC, a National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate in Los Angeles, on the topic of super PACs and their benefit to the electoral process. The audio file can be found here.

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Study says political ads grow nastier

On page two of the Express, I was greeted on this morning’s metro ride with this article: “Study: Political Ads Grow Nastier.” The article cites a recent study by Kantar Media/CMAG that claims that negativity in GOP primary TV ads has shot up a whopping 44% between 2008 and 2012, and claims “it is happening […]

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CCP In the News

The last couple of weeks have been busy for the Center: We have welcomed our new President, David Keating.  (Roll Call) Even before joining the Center, David has been heavily involved in campaign finance issues and important court decisions that shape the campaign finance landscape. (WSJ) We participated in a panel at CPAC last week, […]

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