Neil Gorsuch, and the Supreme Court’s Role on Money in Politics

Democrats in Congress have signaled their intention to make campaign finance a major theme of the Gorsuch hearings this week. No doubt with that in mind, the anti-speech group Demos has rushed out a document criticizing past U.S. Supreme Court decisions that, they claim, have “benefited a small class of wealthy, white conservative men.” The […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Communications, Issues, Money in Politics, Buckley v. Valeo, campaign finance, Davis v. FEC, Demos, Donald Trump, Gorsuch, McCutcheon, Neil Gorsuch, PACs, Sierra Club, Supreme Court

Gallup Poll Shows Less Than 0.5% of Americans Think Campaign Finance “Reform” is Top Problem Facing the Country

Supporters of greater campaign finance regulation often claim that their issue is of paramount importance to voters. Their evidence is often biased polling. For example, a 2016 Ipsos poll commissioned by Issue One asks respondents to rank the importance of overly broad issue categories like “the economy” and “the military” alongside “reducing the influence of […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Issues, Money in Politics, Donald Trump, Gallup, Issue One, polling

Cato Panel Discusses Free Speech, Media, and Trump

On Friday, the Cato Institute hosted a panel event entitled, “Will President Trump Threaten Free Speech?” The panel consisted of Francis Buckley, a professor at George Mason University’s Scalia School of Law and New York Post columnist; Robert Corn-Revere, a partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, who specializes in First Amendment law; and Flemming Rose, […]

Filed Under: Blog, "Fake News", Cato Institute, Donald Trump, Flemming Rose, Francis Buckley, John Samples, Neil Gorsuch, Robert Corn-Revere

CCP Applauds Nomination of Judge Gorsuch for Supreme Court

Alexandria, VA – The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP), America’s largest nonprofit defending First Amendment political speech rights, applauds President Trump’s selection of Tenth Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch as a nominee for the Supreme Court. “Judge Gorsuch’s opinions show an understanding that the role of a judge is not to enact his own preferences, but neither is […]

Filed Under: Blog, Press Releases, Donald Trump, Gorsuch, Neil Gorsuch, Supreme Court, Trump21

Trump Down to Three on Supreme Court…Where Do They Stand on Free Speech?

Alexandria, VA – The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP), America’s largest nonprofit defending First Amendment political speech rights, has published detailed analyses on the three leading picks to be the next Supreme Court justice, as reported Tuesday by Politico. To read CCP’s analyses on the potential nominees’ records on free speech rights, click below: Tenth […]

Filed Under: Blog, Press Releases, Donald Trump, Gorsuch, Hardiman, Pryor, Supreme Court, Trump21

Were efforts to sway Electoral College illegal under FECA? Could be.

The six weeks since the presidential election have seen a new phenomenon: liberals, progressives, and Democrats, and a handful of anti-Trump Republicans engaged in a series of wild efforts to convince Republican members of the Electoral College not to vote for Donald Trump, as pledged. There have been death threats, lesser threats, harassment, and sincere […]

Filed Under: Blog, Carolyn Hunter, Donald Trump, Electoral College, FEC, FECA, Hamilton electors, Hillary Clinton, john podesta, Lawrence Lessig, Lee Goodman, Matthew Petersen, Moral Electors, Unite for America

Steyer’s Plan to Challenge Trump is Healthy for Free Speech Environment

In response to Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton on Election Day, environmental activist and Democratic donor Tom Steyer has promised to continue to spend his vast wealth to combat the President-elect’s energy agenda, which he predicts will threaten his own environmental protection agenda. According to an interview with Reuters, Steyer is willing to spend […]

Filed Under: Blog, AGs United for Clean Power, climate change, Donald Trump, Eric Schneiderman, ExxonMobil, Tom Steyer, U.S. Virgin Islands, Massachusetts, New York

In Defense of Protests

After the election of Donald Trump, those unhappy with the results began protesting across the country. The #NotMyPresident movement is almost certainly futile – the election has been fairly decided – but these protesters, like all Americans, have the right to peaceably assemble and speak out, regardless of the content of their message. This is […]

Filed Under: Blog, Issues, Money in Politics, #NotMyPresident, Donald Trump, George Soros, Protests

Trump Supporters (and Most Americans) Couldn’t Care Less About His “Self-Funding” Flip Flop

If there’s one thing that’s obvious about the 2016 election cycle, it’s that it was huge for outsider candidates. Besides Donald Trump’s surprise victory, Senator Bernie Sanders also led a strong insurgency against Secretary Hillary Clinton. This phenomenon led to a greater fixation on “money in politics” from the anti-establishment candidates. Democrats, especially Bernie Sanders, […]

Filed Under: Blog, Issues, Money in Politics, Super PACs, Barack Obama, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Self-Funding

Trump Exposes the Myth that Money Buys Elections

Alexandria, VA – The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP), America’s largest nonprofit defending First Amendment political speech rights, released the following statement on the results of the 2016 Presidential Election, in which Donald Trump was elected despite being vastly outspent by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: “The idea that money buys elections was disproven […]

Filed Under: Blog, Issues, Money in Politics, Press Releases, Super PACs, 2016 Presidential Election, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton