John Edwards guilty of worse things than campaign finance violations

Center for Competitive Politics’ Legal Director Allen Dickerson has authored another fine piece for Campaigns and Elections Magazine on why charging John Edwards with a campaign finance violation may have been a mistake with negative consequences for free campaign speech going forward. I understand the desire to make an example of Edwards. The fact that […]

Filed Under: Blog, Featured Content, bribery, campaign finance, John Edwards, District Of Columbia, North Carolina

Daily Media Links 5/3: Newt Gingrich Ends Presidential Campaign, Obama’s Not-So-Hot Date With Wall Street, and more…

In the News Wall Street Journal: Welcome to Boycott Nation  By Brad Smith It’s becoming hard to know with whom one can do business.   Read more.. Independent groups Politico: Coordination rules a one-way street By Maggie Haberman When former Republican National Committee chairman Ed Gillespie joined Mitt Romney’s campaign last month, he cut ties with other […]

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In the News: Campaigns & Elections: Could John Edwards have been charged with something else?

Could John Edwards have been charged with something else? By Allen Dickerson Prosecutorial discretion, some have suggested, is an on-off switch. In other words, prosecutors choose whether or not to charge someone. But that’s not always how it works. Prosecutors often are choosing what to charge someone with. Was a particular killing murder, or manslaughter? […]

Filed Under: In the News, Published Articles

Daily Media Links 5/2: Shock-and-awe fundraising in Wisconsin recall, GOP money floods battlegrounds, threatens Dems’ hold on Senate, and more…

Independent groups MSNBC: Romney Super PAC going up with first general-election ads  By Domenico Montanaro The pro-Mitt Romney Super PAC Restore Our Future is going up with $3.7 million in ads across nine swing states — Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, Nevada, Ohio, Virginia, and New Hampshire.  Read more… Politico: Mitt super PAC spending nearly $4M […]

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Boycott Nation: When Secondary Boycotts Dominate Discourse

CCP Chairman Brad Smith published an op-ed, Welcome to Boycott Nation, in the Wall Street Journal today discussing boycotts: We’ve been told that if you don’t like what Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck says on the radio, you should not only not listen to their shows, you should boycott businesses that advertise on their shows. […]

Filed Under: Blog

In the News: Wall Street Journal: Welcome to Boycott Nation

Welcome to Boycott Nation By Bradley A. Smith It’s becoming hard to know with whom one can do business. We’ve been told that if you don’t like what Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck says on the radio, you should not only not listen to their shows, you should boycott businesses that advertise on their shows. […]

Filed Under: Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Federal In the News, In the News, Published Articles, State In the News, WSJ

EPA Administrator Highlights Need for Corporate Involvement

Last week, Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe released a video of the (now former) EPA’s Region 6 (south/central states including Texas) chief Al Armendariz explaining the agency’s philosophy of enforcement.  He highlights their philosophy of making examples of alleged lawbreakers, detailed in a recent piece in The Wall Street Journal titled Crucify Them: “…like how the Romans […]

Filed Under: Blog, Armendariz, corporations, EPA, free speech, Range Resourcecs, Texas

Daily Media Links 5/1: Romney’s Big-Dollar ‘Bundlers’ Stay Anonymous, President Obama and Bill Clinton: BFF?, and more…

Independent groups Politico: Restore Our Future cleans its YouTube channel of negative primary spots       By MAGGIE HABERMAN Restore Our Future, the pro-Mitt Romney super PAC that played a crucial role in bringing Newt Gingrich’s poll numbers back down to earth with a string of negative spots in Iowa, has scrubbed its YouTube channel […]

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Does Less Income Mean Less Representation?

In this study by Eric Brunner of Georgia State University, Stephen L. Ross of the University of Connecticut, and Ebonya Washington of Yale University, the authors assemble a novel dataset of matched legislative and constituent votes and demonstrate that individuals with less income don’t receive less representation, as some academics have argued. The authors find […]

Filed Under: Faulty Assumptions, Issues, Money in Politics, Research, Ebonya Washington, Eric Brunner, Income, Inequality of Representation, Stephen L. Ross, Faulty Assumptions, Faulty Assumptions

Connecticut Clean Elections running out of cash

Watchdogs up in Connecticut are apparently worried that the state’s “Clean Elections” fund may run dry by the next election cycle in 2014 due to budget cutbacks and several fiscal “raids” on the fund, totaling nearly $59 million, as the state struggles to manage its finances. According to this report by CT Mirror: “The combination […]

Filed Under: Blog, Featured Content, campaigns, clean elections, Connecticut Report, public funding, Arizona, Connecticut, Maine

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