And More Doublespeak in Reformland: On Reversing SpeechNow.org

Our inimitable Luke Wachob notes that “reformers,” after complaining for years about the FEC’s bipartisan makeup, have now decided to complain about its “partisan” makeup. Apparently, the “reformers” have decided that complaining about bipartisanship just doesn’t resonate with voters. So, in a bit of doublespeak, why not change “bipartisan” to “partisan?” After all, a rose […]

Filed Under: Blog, Super PACs, David keating, Disclosure, John Howe, SpeechNow, SpeechNow.org

The FEC, LLCs, and Political Contribution Disclosure

Recently, there’s been a flap at the FEC about whether the Commission should have found certain actors were in violation of the laws governing disclosure for making contributions to “super PACs” through LLCs that, at least in some cases, were formed for the purpose of making those contributions. The idea is that, in such cases, […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, federal election commission, Kalogianis, Kevin Deeley, LLCs, Wagner v. FEC, Blog (Contribution Limits)

Wagner, Super PAC Contributions, and the SEC

Following this week’s en banc D.C. Circuit ruling in Wagner v. FEC, some commentators have suggested that the federal ban on contractor contributions should reach funds given to super PACs that make only independent expenditures. Over at the Election Law Blog, Public Citizen’s Craig Holman goes a step further, suggesting that Securities and Exchange Commission […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, public citizen, SEC

Does Larry Lessig Think He and Mayday PAC are Above the Law?

Does Larry Lessig think he and his supporters are above the law? In response to a complaint that CCP filed with the FEC, documenting 12 instances in which Lessig’s Mayday PAC violated campaign disclosure rules, Professor Lessig offers this feeble defense: Every Mayday.US ad fully identified Mayday.US as its sponsor. And unlike superPACs that accept dark […]

Filed Under: Blog, CCP, Center for Competitive Politics, David keating, Disclosure, Embrace the Irony, FEC, Larry Lessig, Mayday PAC, Mayday.US, Professor Lessig

15 Things Vox Forgot to Mention about “Money in Politics” (Part II)

Vox.com’s “40 charts that explain money in politics” fails miserably at, well, explaining money in politics. The charts seem to be less an explanation and more unproven innuendo about why money is supposedly ruining American democracy. What the collection of charts does do, however, is provide a window into some of the common misconceptions about […]

Filed Under: Blog, Money in Politics, corruption, Disclosure, Good Governance, Vox

The "Reform Community" discovers it has gone bald: The FEC, disclosure timelines, and Little Jerry Seinfeld

Bob Biersack took to the pages of The New York Times this week to bemoan what he termed a failure of the Federal Election Commission to fulfill “its basic obligation to save what’s left of our campaign finance laws” through timely publication of campaign finance reports required to be filed with the Commission. By timely, […]

Filed Under: Blog, Uncategorized, biersack, Center for Responsive Politics, Disclosure, FEC, New York Times

Washington Examiner: Chris Van Hollen’s unsolvable dark money disclosure dilemma (In the News)

This article originally appeared in the Washington Examiner May 2nd, 2014 By Luke Wachob Maryland Democrat Rep. Chris Van Hollen played a bait-and-switch in a speech this week, invoking Republican support for candidate disclosure to argue that they should also support his efforts to force disclosure of donors to nonprofit groups. Van Hollen accused some skeptics of his […]

Filed Under: Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, External Relations Sub-Pages, Federal, Federal In the News, In the News, Published Articles, Chris Van Hollen, Disclose Act, Disclosure, political disclosure

Disclosure, hypocrisy, and hyperbole in campaign finance

It has just come to my attention that last week David Schultz, a Professor at the Graduate School of Management at Hamline University with whom I’ve previously had cordial relations, rather out of the blue “called me out” last week. In a post at Politics in Minnesota, Professor Schultz accuses me, by name (along with Attorney […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, campaign finance reform, David Schultz, Disclosure, doolittle, McCain-Feingold

Policy Primer: Campaign Finance Disclosure – The Devil is in the Details

As this Policy Primer on campaign finance disclosure explains, although advocates for greater regulation of political speech claim that there are large amounts of undisclosed money in politics, in fact, all spending that calls for the election or defeat of candidates is already disclosed, as is all spending and all but the smallest donations to […]

Filed Under: Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure Federal, Disclosure Handouts, Disclosure State, External Relations Sub-Pages, Research, Buckley v. Valeo, campaign finance disclosure, campaign finance reform, Center for Competitive Politics, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Dark Money, Disclosure, Good Government, Major Purpose Test, money in politics, Reformers, transparency, Disclosure, Disclosure

Ad hominem attacks from “Sunlight”

The New York Times recently published an opinion piece by David Primo, one of CCP’s academic advisers. Prof. Primo’s article, while given the provocative title “Against Disclosure,” is far more modest in tone and substance than that heading implies. Prof. Primo points to an empirical study that he conducted, the findings of which were published […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, campaign finance, Disclosure, New York Times