Daily Media Links 7/31: Obama camp facing cash crisis, Candidates Look Overseas for Campaign Cash, and more…

In the News Washington Free Beacon: Distinction with no Difference  By CJ Ciaramella “The rules cover a lot more than that,” Keating said. “You can’t have people who work for the campaign come over to a Super PAC. You can’t have the internal plans or strategies of the campaign you’re trying to help, etc.”   Read […]

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David Keating on the Parameters of the Super PAC

Americans aren’t the victims of a vast conspiracy run by wealthy elites; they’re the beneficiaries of a robust democracy fueled by competition, with winners and losers decided  by the number of people who come out on election day and express their support for the candidates with which they most agree. Corruption takes place when political […]

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“Cash and Carry Larry” finally cashes out

New York City Councilman Larry Seabrook, whose adventures in brazen corruption were chronicled in our report “Clean Elections and Scandal: Case Studies from Maine, Arizona and New York City”, was convicted yesterday on nine counts of funneling public money to shady non-profits run by his family members, doctoring receipts, accepting kickbacks for public contracts and […]

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Daily Media Links 7/30: Another post in the never ending saga of why media reporting on campaign finance reform so often misinforms the public, Independent Expenditure Committees vs. Social Welfare Organizations, and more…

CCP Another post in the never ending saga of why media reporting on campaign finance reform so often misinforms the public  By Brad Smith We have noted here on many occasions in the past how bad media reporting helps explain public misunderstandings of campaign finance law.   Read more… Media Watch: Independent Expenditure Committees vs. […]

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Another post in the never ending saga of why media reporting on campaign finance reform so often misinforms the public

We have noted here on many occasions in the past how bad media reporting helps explain public misunderstandings of campaign finance law. A pair of pieces in the Saturday New York times, one news and one opinion, provide more examples of how this works. The first is a front page news story that promises to be […]

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Daily Media Links 7/27: “Cash And Carry” Larry Seabrook Convicted, Justice Scalia Disputes Accuracy Of ‘Leak’, and more…

CCP CCP and co-counsel file an Advisory Opinion Request on behalf of the National Defense Committee  By Sarah Lee Center for Competitive Politics Legal Director Allen Dickerson joined attorney Benjamin T. Barr and local counsel Dan Backer of DB Capitol Strategies in filing an advisory opinion request (AOR) with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on […]

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Media Watch: Independent Expenditure Committees vs. Social Welfare Organizations

Campaign finance is a nuanced, complicated topic.  As a result, there are often mischaracterizations about the laws and and non-profits present in the media.  A recent post in the Examiner by Stephen Wright, entitled Super PACs go non-profit and opt out of disclosure requirements, is an unfortunately egregious example. While Mr. Wright plays fast and […]

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CCP and co-counsel file an Advisory Opinion Request on behalf of the National Defense Committee

CONTACT: Sarah Lee, Communications Director, Center for Competitive Politics, 770.598.7961 ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Center for Competitive Politics Legal Director Allen Dickerson joined attorney Benjamin T. Barr and local counsel Dan Backer of DB Capitol Strategies in filing an advisory opinion request (AOR) with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on behalf of the National Defense Committee. The AOR was […]

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NDPAC AOR

Center for Competitive Politics Legal Director Allen Dickerson joined attorney Benjamin T. Barr and local counsel Dan Backer of DB Capitol Strategies in filing an advisory opinion request (AOR) with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on behalf of the National Defense Committee. The AOR was posted to the FEC website today and asks for clarification as to whether […]

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Illinois Suit Promises Renewed Interest in Contribution Limits

A situation is developing in Illinois that CCP has been watching closely since we first caught wind of the potential suit in Illinois, finally filed Tuesday of this week. From the Daily Chronicle: A “pro-liberty” political action committee is challenging the state’s campaign-contribution limits, which it claims give an unfair advantage to legislative leaders who are […]

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