The real astroturf lobbyists II

CCP has long maintained that the so-called "reform" community’s admonishments of "astroturf" lobbying is a simple case of the pot calling the kettle black.

Now it appears that legislators are beginning to catch on.

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Government-financing program narrowly avoids implosion

The New Haven Independent reports that government-subsidized elections aren’t going so well in New Haven, CT.

Heres the short version: Mayor appoints members to oversee the "Democracy Fund." Only one candidate (the incumbent mayor) is granted government subsidies. After dispersing the funding, the "Democracy Fund" withdraws $15,000 after the mayor’s primary challenger "unexpectedly" drops out. Later, the mayoral appointees ask to see the campaign’s records to see if any more money needed to be returned.  The mayor threatens to withdraw if his appointees don’t start acting "consistently." Ultimately the mayor’s appointees decide he gets to keep the government hand out.

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CCP profiled in Roll Call

CCP was profiled ($) in today’s Roll Call.

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CCP Chairman Bradley Smith in NY Post

CCP chairman Bradley Smith co-authored, with John Lott, a piece in today’s New York Post that outlines how campaign finance laws give the institutional press an enormous advantage over ordinary cititzens.

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Lessons from Hsu

The Rocky Mountain News published an excellent editorial on the lessons we should learn from the Norman Hsu scandal – namely contribution limits deserve the real blame.

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City Council rejects coercive campaign finance law

In rejecting a burdensome campaign finance law, Palo Alto city council members recognized what many proponents of government-financed elections still deny: "voluntary" campaign finance systems are not truly voluntary.

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Campaign finance laws as censorship

Compiled from a story in the Charlotte Observer 

It used to be that all you needed to talk about politics is an opinion, but as this case in North Carolina proves, these days, you also need a lawyer.

A 22.2 percent property tax increase in Caldwell County, NC spurred some angry citizens to post a billboard along the county’s busiest road.  Naturally, the citizens didn’t think to check North Carolina’s burdensome campaign finance laws before exercising their First Amendment rights.

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Election dream world

On Monday, The Star-Ledger published an excellent editorial on New Jersey’s experiment with government-financed elections.

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Local candidate burdened by campaign finance regulations

A local city council candidate in Norwich, Connecticut is using the internet to reach out to voters.  The candidate, Robert Zarnetske, produces YouTube videos, posts them to YouTube’s website, and sends them to targeted audiences.

Zarnetske has enjoyed modest success through his online campaign.  According to The Day, so far his videos have been viewed 800 times and some viewers have even offered to put his campaign signs in their yard.

Naturally, the regulatory regime is doing its best to make Zarnetske’s internet campaign as difficult as possible.  Click the headline to read more.

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Anemic debut for public mayoral fundraising

A law that was supposed to "‘equalize the opportunity’ of running a campaign" is off to a rocky start.  The San Francisco Bay Guardian reports that of the 14 mayoral candidates in San Francisco only two candidates qualified for the government subsidies – and only one remains in the race.

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