Brad Smith part of NCSL Panel Thursday, Dec. 6

CONTACT: Sarah Lee, Communications Director, 770.598.7961 ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Center for Competitive Politics founder and former Federal Election Chairman Bradley Smith will take part in a panel hosted by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) on Campaign Finance in a Post-Citizens United World, Thursday, Dec. 6th from 3:15 – 4:45 pm in the Washington Hilton’s Gunston Room. Sponsored […]

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CCP Legal Director in Panel Discussion at ABA

CONTACT: Sarah Lee, Communications Director, 770.598.7961 ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) Legal Director Allen Dickerson will take part in a panel at the American Bar Association (ABA) offices in downtown Washington, DC this evening, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, from 5-6:30 pm. Titled, “Citizens United? Evaluating the 2012 Presidential Election in a ‘Super […]

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Media Watch: Hey, NY Times, A Corporation is a Corporation No Matter its Function

Just a fun — and yet the implications are serious, make no mistake about that, because it goes to the heart of free speech and who’s deemed worthy to have it by some of our intellectual betters in the media — a little post to leave with you all as we head into the holiday […]

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“And the three of us have a right to speak together…”

The newest Learn Liberty video with CCP founder Brad Smith is up at their site today and this one tackles misconceptions about the oft-maligned Citizens United decision of 2010. Smith destroys the myth that Citizens United magically turned corporations into people. Instead noting that the decision actually seeks to prevent the banning of corporate-produced material that […]

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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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What do people really know about super PACs?

It’s always interesting to note how polls — depending on how they’re conducted and who their target audience is — can vary and influence the political debate. For example, a week ago, CCP entered comments into the record of a Senate Committee on the Judiciary hearing that debated the merits of an amendment to overturn […]

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Another post in the never ending saga of why media reporting on campaign finance reform so often misinforms the public

We have noted here on many occasions in the past how bad media reporting helps explain public misunderstandings of campaign finance law. A pair of pieces in the Saturday New York times, one news and one opinion, provide more examples of how this works. The first is a front page news story that promises to be […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Are corporations spending “unprecedented sums?” Setting the record straight

Roll Call’s Eliza Newlin Carney is on a mission. Today Carney takes on competing claims about the role of corporations in the 2008 campaign. Here’s the money quote, as recognized by Election Law Blog, from her column today in Roll Call : ‘it’s time to set the record straight. No matter how you slice it, corporations […]

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