Daily Media Links 1/31: Fox: McConnell Discusses Obama Admin’s Attempts Silence Criticism Through IRS Rules, Wall Street Journal: Enemies of Friends of Abe, Newsmax: Dershowitz, Law Enforcement Experts Slam D’Souza Targeting, and more…

Independent Groups Fox: McConnell Discusses Obama Admin’s Attempts Silence Criticism Through IRS Rules  Sen. McConnell talks with Megyn Kelly about the Obama administration’s new IRS rules that are designed to silence conservative groups criticizing the president.  Watch…   Senate: McConnell Calls on IRS Commissioner to Resist Obama Administration Efforts to Muzzle Free Speech U.S. Senate Republican Leader […]

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Daily Media Links 1/30: Holder won’t rule out criminal charges for employees in IRS scandal, Common Cause R.I. should broker super PAC limits for gubernatorial candidates, and more…

Independent Groups Washington Times: Holder won’t rule out criminal charges for employees in IRS scandal By Stephen Dinan Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said Wednesday that there is still a chance the government would file criminal charges against Internal Revenue Service employees who targeted tea party groups for special scrutiny, disputing press reports that […]

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Daily Media Links 1/29: Tip Of The Hat: More Soft Money Hard Law, Will McCutcheon Replay Citizens United?, Meet Preet — Obama’s hatchet man against filmmakers, and more…

CCP Tip Of The Hat: More Soft Money Hard Law By Luke Wachob A useful story isn’t necessarily true, however. As we often point out, research into the role of money in politics has generally rebutted the pessimistic view of its corrosiveness, instead finding that money does not buy votes, that there really isn’t a ton […]

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Tip Of The Hat: More Soft Money Hard Law

Here at CCP, we often lament how difficult it is to get accurate information out to the public about campaign finance issues. The challenge is so great because many important voices in our public debate – elected officials, media organizations, and special interest groups – have incentives to advance a faulty and distorted narrative of […]

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Daily Media Links 1/28: It Only Seems That Political Corruption Is Rampant, Coordinating with a Super PAC, Raising Money for It, and the Difference Between the Two, Senate Democrats’ January of doom, and more…

In the News NY Times: It Only Seems That Political Corruption Is Rampant By Michael Wines Nevertheless, political analysts say, one rotten apple — or even the scores of them picked up in the past two decades — does not spoil the barrel. “I’ve studied American political corruption throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, and, if anything, corruption was […]

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In the News: Richmond Times-Dispatch: McDonnell’s aides repeatedly raised red flags on ethics

By MICHAEL MARTZ AND OLYMPIA MEOLA “Aides flagged these (situations) and were appalled,” said Larry J. Sabato, the director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia. “They tried to get the McDonnells to focus on them and in the end, they were overruled.” “They didn’t know the whole picture,” Sabato said of the governor’s […]

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In the News: More Soft Money Hard Law: Coordinating with a Super PAC, Raising Money for It, and the Difference Between the Two

By Bob Bauer How much can a candidate do for a Super PAC without illegally “coordinating” with it? Recent proposals would answer that she has to keep her distance—no publicly (or privately) stated support and no fundraising for the independent committee. A bit of a surprise has developed in the debate. While questioning how far […]

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Daily Media Links 1/27: Proposed IRS Nonprofit Rules Violate Paperwork Reduction Act, Administration, IRS Must ‘Redouble Efforts’ on Campaign Finance Enforcement, Cuomo Finds Solid Support Out of State: Nearly a Fifth of Governor’s Re-Election Campaign Cash Comes From Outside New York, and more…

CCP Proposed IRS Nonprofit Rules Violate Paperwork Reduction Act Alexandria, Va. – Proposed IRS rules on social welfare groups violate the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) because the estimated record keeping burden “is excessively low and wildly off the mark,” according to comments filed by the Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and […]

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In the News: NY Times: It Only Seems That Political Corruption Is Rampant

By Michael Wines Nevertheless, political analysts say, one rotten apple — or even the scores of them picked up in the past two decades — does not spoil the barrel. “I’ve studied American political corruption throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, and, if anything, corruption was much more common in much of those centuries than today,” said Larry J. […]

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Daily Media Links 1/24: Rhode Island Governor Candidates Seeking To Curb Free Speech, CCP Welcomes External Relations Associate Kelsey Drapkin, Cruz demands special investigation of IRS, and more…

In the News The Libertarian Republic: Rhode Island Governor Candidates Seeking To Curb Free Speech By Joe Trotter The “people’s pledge” is a cute trick that benefits politicians in three ways.  First, publicly rejecting the Citizens United decision gains candidates press and public goodwill.  In this case, each candidate in the Rhode Island gubernatorial race who has publicly called for the “people’s pledge” […]

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