Daily Media Links 8/5: The Meaning of Corruption: A (not so) Quick Reply to David Gans, House Republicans Subpoena IRS Documents, and more…

CCP   The Meaning of Corruption: A (not so) Quick Reply to David Gans  By Brad Smith Of course, the Federalist Papers are not the Constitution, and they are not the only thing the Founders had to say about the Constitution and government. But when we look at the whole record  (including the influential arguments of […]

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The Meaning of Corruption: A (not so) Quick Reply to David Gans

David Gans has posted a reply to my recent piece on the meaning of corruption in campaign finance law, again asserting that “dependence” corruption, the “corruption of institutions,” is the justification for laws limiting political participation. Gans’ reply is off-base is a variety of ways. He simply reads my whole post incorrectly, and then reasserts […]

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Do State Ethics Commissions Reduce Political Corruption? An Exploratory Investigation

In this UC Irvine Law Review article by Kayla Crider and Jeffrey Milyo, a Professor of Social Science in the Department of Economics at the University of Missouri and Academic Advisor at the Center for Competitive Politics, the authors examine the efficacy of state ethics commissions in reducing public corruption. As Crider and Milyo note, […]

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Daily Media Links 8/1: The Meaning of Corruption in Campaign Finance Law, and Buckley’s Contribution/Expenditure Distinction, E-mails Suggest Collusion Between FEC, IRS to Target Conservative Groups, and more…

CCP   The Meaning of Corruption in Campaign Finance Law, and Buckley’s Contribution/Expenditure Distinction By Brad Smith Students of campaign finance learn early on that contribution limits are subjected to less judicial scrutiny, and therefore generally upheld by the courts, while spending limits are subject to the highest judicial scrutiny, and consistently struck down by the Courts. […]

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UPDATED: Issue Analysis No. 5: Do Lower Contribution Limits Decrease Public Corruption?

Note: This report is an updated version of an Issue Analysis originally published by the Center for Competitive Politics in January 2009. This version has been edited to reflect contribution limits from the 2011-2012 election cycle and corruption data, from 2001-2010. Advocates of campaign finance regulation often claim that contributions to political candidates must be limited […]

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