New Study Debunks Myth of “Corporate Takeover” of American Elections

In urging support for the DISCLOSE Act back in 2010, President Obama said, “A vote to oppose these reforms is nothing less than a vote to allow corporate and special interest takeovers of our elections.” This was not the first time the President echoed left-wing groups’ hysterical claims about the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens […]

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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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The Anniversary of SpeechNow.org and the Rise of the Super PAC

Citizens United gets all of the attention: the protests, the whole being called the “Dred Scott of our generation” thing. But if you really think that super PACs are the root of all evil, then you ought to take your attention elsewhere. All Citizens United permitted was corporate or union independent expenditures. Under Citizens United, as long as it did […]

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IRS Targets 501(c)(4) Groups

The IRS sent questionnaires to a number of 501(c)(4) groups this week that suggests they are targets in an investigation into whether they are exclusively promoting social welfare. Dan Froomkin from the Huffington Post reports (IRS May Make Political Groups Pay Dearly for Keeping Donors Secret — And Out Them, 3/8/2012): But in a sign […]

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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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Another “Scandal” Demonstrates Why Further Disclosure is Overboard

Any entity that engages in politics is susceptible to criticism.   Today’s Politico has an article about a California race in detailing a candidate ‘s attack on his opponent’s super PAC (Campaign hits corporation donation): PG&E, under scrutiny after a pipeline explosion this fall left eight dead, contributed $10,000 to a super PAC supporting California Democratic […]

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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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In Defense of Millionaires

In 1996, Bob Dole won the Iowa caucuses and the South Carolina primary, ending the race for the Republican nomination. Dole’s candidacy was backed by Establishment figures, Establishment money, and was the best organized and best staffed. While Dole’s campaign inspired little ardor outside of mistaken pineapple enthusiasts, it more than made up for this […]

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Super PACs Disclose

Now that Tuesday’s FEC disclosure deadline has come and gone, there is renewed focus on where Super PACs obtain their funding.  In an article for ABC News (Meet the Companies Behind the Super PACs), Chris Good collected information about the largest donors and came to a conclusion sure to surprise those of us who believe […]

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FEC Investigations are No Joke

Last night, The Colbert Report and The Daily Show continued their on-going gag involving the “Definitely Not Coordinating With Stephen Colbert Super PAC”. We’ve embedded the clip below, where Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert (with call-in legal advice from former FEC Commissioner Trevor Potter) get as close to the line of “not coordinating” as humanly […]

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