Media Watch: Six Degrees of Campaign Finance Connections

Laurie Bennett, co-creator of the influence-tracking website Muckety, has written a piece featuring a handy chart showing some of CCP’s connections to various individuals and foundations. Although she disagrees with our position on further limiting disclosure, we thank Ms. Bennett for demonstrating that current disclosure practices leave little to the imagination in terms of connections […]

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Daily Media Links 9/13: HHS’s Sebelius illegally campaigned for Obama on the job, The campaign dance of hollow promises, and more…

Independent groups NPR: Rove’s Crossroads GPS Gets Explicit In Anti-Obama Air War By SV Date For months, the tax-exempt Crossroads GPS has argued that its anti-Obama ads were merely issue ads and not political ads. No more. Today the group went up with ads explicitly telling viewers to vote against President Obama.   Read more… Associated […]

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Daily Media Links 9/12: Who’s the Boss? The Worst Post-Citizen’s United Ruling Yet, and more…

CCP CCP and IHS collaborate on video series  By Sarah Lee The Institute for Human Studies (IHS) at George Mason University and the Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) have recently concluded a series of videos as part of IHS’ LearnLiberty.org, an effort that seeks to answer the following questions:   What is the nature of man […]

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David Keating to join Reason Senior Editor Jacob Sullum in IQ2 Debate in New York

On Wednesday, September 12, CCP President David Keating will take part in the estimable Intelligence Squared (IQ2) debate live in New York City at 6:45 pm at the Kaufman Center located at 129 West 67th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam). The title of the debate is “Two Cheers for Super PACs: Money in Politics Is […]

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Daily Media Links 9/11: Linda McMahon files ethics complaint vs. Chris Murphy, How Washington’s revolving door spins, and more…

In the News Learn Liberty (IHS): Should the Government Track Your Political Activity?  By Brad Smith Professor Brad Smith asks you to imagine the following scenario: at the height of the War on Terror, the government passes a second PATRIOT Act. This law would require you to report all your political activity to the government, […]

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CCP and IHS collaborate on video series

The Institute for Human Studies (IHS) at George Mason University and the Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) have recently concluded a series of videos as part of IHS’ LearnLiberty.org, an effort that seeks to answer the following questions: What is the nature of man and society? What are the best ways to organize human society? […]

Filed Under: Blog, Super PACs, Brad Smith, George Mason, Institute for Humane Studies, Learn Liberty Series, videos, District Of Columbia

Daily Media Links 9/10: Who Benefits In Money Game, Democracy Or Donors?, Race Is On in Earnest as Candidates Hit the Road, and more…

CCP I’m Brad Smith, and I approve this message.  By Brad Smith My favorite line from Obama’s acceptance speech last night: “If you’re sick of hearing me approve this message, believe me — so am I.”   Read more…. Independent groups TNR: How I Got Ejected From a Super PAC Reception  By Noam Scheiber CHARLOTTE—At about […]

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Daily Media Links 9/7: Worried Democrats scramble to close fundraising gap with GOP, Democrats lower sights on donors, and more…

Independent groups Huffington Post: Citizens United and Forked-Tongued Candidates  By Trevor Burrus Citizens United’s victory in the Supreme Court helped strip the FEC of some of this arbitrary power. For example, under the law struck down in Citizens United, The Obama Effect, a recent movie about a man who devotes his life to getting President […]

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I’m Brad Smith, and I approve this message.

My favorite line from Obama’s acceptance speech last night: “If you’re sick of hearing me approve this message, believe me — so am I.” Of course, the ridiculous “I approve this message” stuff is a remnant of the McCain-Feingold law. It was believed that this would discourage negative ads (how’d that work?) and, because challengers […]

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Daily Media Links: Colorado’s ethics commission reminds political conventioneers of gift limits, Parties Raise Record Cash After ’Soft Money’ Ban: BGOV Barometer, and more…

CCP Super PAC apps: The intersection of disclosure and technology  By Sarah Lee Credit must be given to the creators of this ingenious piece of technology, created with the help of a developer called TuneSat. The app is much like the popular Shazam, using “audio fingerprints” that immediately provide the user with search results of […]

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