Daily Media Links 11/18: Wall Street Journal: Wisconsin Political Speech Raid, Washington Post: Liberal surprise: Unions outspend Koch brothers on state elections, MSNBC: Did Clarence Thomas flout ethics rules?, and more…

In the News Wall Street Journal: Wisconsin Political Speech Raid One subpoena also demands “all records of income received, including fundraising information and the identity of persons contributing to the corporation.” In other words, tell us who your donors are.   The story continues: The probe began in the office of Milwaukee County Assistant District […]

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Poisoning the Well 101

Polls can be a valuable tool for determining public opinion, but in the hands of special interests, they can also be manipulated to create a false appearance of public support for their issue. On November 7, Public Campaign Action Fund and Democracy Corps released a poll on Americans’ attitudes towards money in politics and taxpayer-funded […]

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Daily Media Links 11/15: Political Behavior: The Negative Effect of Transparency on Making Small Campaign Contributions, “Seeing the Light,” by Luke Wachob, NY Times: Groups Mobilize to Aid Democrats in ’14 Data Arms Race, and more…

In the News Political Behavior: The Negative Effect of Transparency on Making Small Campaign Contributions By Raymond J. La Raja This study assesses whether public disclosure of campaign contributions affects citizens’ willingness to give money to candidates. In the American states, campaign finance laws require disclosure of private information for contributors at relatively low thresholds […]

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Seeing the Light

A recent New York Times opinion piece by CCP Academic Advisor David Primo titled “Against Disclosure” argued that disclosure laws involve greater costs and fewer benefits than commonly recognized, leading to criticism from Lee Drutman of the pro-disclosure Sunlight Foundation. Yesterday, CCP President David Keating responded to the inaccurate and ad-hominem nature of Mr. Drutman’s […]

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Daily Media Links 11/14: Ad hominem attacks from “Sunlight”, University of Denver: University of Denver Strategic Issues Program Uses Consensus-Based Model to Address Campaign Finance Reform, and more…

CCP Ad hominem attacks from “Sunlight”  By David Keating Primo further notes that other forms of disclosure “can alter the incentives of corporate managers in counterproductive ways.”  He cites a study showing “that mandated disclosure leads corporate managers to prefer decisions that produce favorable, verifiable information — like taking steps to increase short-term profits — over actions […]

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Ad hominem attacks from “Sunlight”

The New York Times recently published an opinion piece by David Primo, one of CCP’s academic advisers. Prof. Primo’s article, while given the provocative title “Against Disclosure,” is far more modest in tone and substance than that heading implies. Prof. Primo points to an empirical study that he conducted, the findings of which were published […]

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Daily Media Links 11/13: The Hill: Rep. Issa jolts IRS probe with subpoena, NY Times: ‘Super PAC’ Gets Early Start on Pushing for a 2016 Clinton Campaign, Governing: Seattle Voters Reject Public Financing of Council Campaigns, and more…

Independent Groups The Hill: Rep. Issa jolts IRS probe with subpoena By Bernie Becker House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is giving a jolt to the congressional probe of the IRS’s targeting of Tea Party groups with a new subpoena that was issued late Thursday night.   Issa and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) have for […]

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In the News: University of Denver: University of Denver Strategic Issues Program Uses Consensus-Based Model to Address Campaign Finance Reform

By University of Denver DENVER — The University of Denver Strategic Issues Program (SIP) today releases its report on campaign finance. The report, Money, Elections and Citizens United: Campaign Finance Reform for Colorado, represents a year of study by a non-partisan panel of 19 accomplished business, community and academic leaders drawn from across the state. The […]

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Daily Media Links 11/12: NY Times: Against Disclosure, The Curious Case of Contribution Limits in an Era of Independent Expenditures, Washington Post: ‘Unobtainium’ and the blurry lines of campaign finance law, and more…

In the News NY Times: Against Disclosure By CCP Academic Advisor David Primo Shareholders need such information, advocates say, in order to hold managers accountable and reduce risks to the company and its reputation. Democracy itself, the argument continues, benefits when voters know more about how corporations operate. But a number of recent studies, including some of my […]

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The Curious Case of Contribution Limits in an Era of Independent Expenditures

Minnesota was one of eight states to raise contribution limits in 2013, but according to some, the Gopher State hasn’t gone far enough to resolve concerns surrounding its campaign finance system. The AP reports: Minnesota campaign finance regulators are wrestling with how to maintain proper separation between candidates and political groups independently spending money on […]

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