Tea Leaves in Alaska and Maine: The Sup. Ct. denies cert. in two electioneering cases

The Supreme Court has denied certiorari in Alaska Right to Life v. Miles and Christian Civic League of Maine, Inc. v. FEC.

What might this mean for the future of campaign finance jurisprudence?

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Filed Under: Blog, Alaska, Maine

George Will: “Speechless in Seattle”

In the Oct. 9th, 2006 issue of Newsweek, George Will discusses three recent campaign finance cases, including the Seattle talk radio case, San Juan County v. No New Gas Tax, in which CCP submitted an amicus brief.  He also mentions IJ’s Parker North case, which I blogged about here.

After reviewing the cases, Will observes:

This is the America produced by “reformers” led by John McCain.  The U.S. Supreme Court, in affirming the constitutionality of the McCain-Feingold speech restrictions, advocated deference toward elected officials when they write laws regulating speech about elected officials and their deeds.  This turned the First Amendment from the foundation of robust politics into a constitutional trifle to be “balanced” against competing considerations–combating the “appearance of corruption,” or elevating political discourse or something.  As a result, attempts to use campaign regulations to silence opponents are becoming a routine part of vicious political combat.

Read the whole thing here

Filed Under: Blog, Washington

“Stand by Your Ad” Corrupts a Campaign

Thank goodness for McCain-Feingold.  Now, every candidate for federal office must end his or her ads with the statement, “I’m _________, and I approve of this ad.”  This is helpful, because undoubtedly most Americans used to think that candidates did not approve of their campaigns ads.

But the provision isn’t working, and it’s messing with the ability of candidates and voters, rather than lawyers, to determine campaign outcomes.  Click the headline for the whole story.

Filed Under: Blog, Colorado

“Election law keeps son who killed mom free”

A bizarre case out of Brazil offers an international perspective on election law.

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Filed Under: Blog

The Disclosure Trap

CCP Chairman Brad Smith observed in a recent blog entry, “While some disclosure may be necessary to satisfy compelling government interests, that recognition is a far cry from holding that any and all disclosure must be a good thing.”  Indeed, excessive disclosure can invade privacy and discourage political participation.  An excellent example can be found in a recent case by the Institute for Justice.

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Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Colorado

Book Forum at Cato: The Fallacy of Campaign Finance Reform

Cato will be hosting a book forum on Wednesday, October 4th for John Samples’ new book, The Fallacy of Campaign Finance Reform.  CCP Chairman Bradley Smith, who has read the volume in proofs, says, "Samples impressively marshals years of serious academic studies on issueafter issue.  The result: A devastating critique of ‘reform.’  When it comes to the intellectual underpinnings of ‘reform,’ there is no there there."

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Filed Under: Blog

The Center for Competitive Politics is now the Institute for Free Speech.