The value of an endorsement

Former Iowa State Senator Kent Sorenson has pled guilty to falsifying campaign finance reports. Apparently, in 2008, an operative of Ron Paul’s presidential campaign, Dmitri Kasari, offered Sorenson $8,000 a month to switch his support from Michelle Bachmann to Rep. Paul. The payments were reported through other vendors. Sorenson was eventually paid at least $73,000. […]

Filed Under: Blog, campaign finance reform, Dmitri Kasari, Kent Sorenson, Michelle Bachmann

Daily Caller: Citizens United Redux: The Masses Deserve A Media Exemption Too (In the News)

By Eric Wang Before challenging the Colorado law, Citizens United first approached state regulators to see whether it too could avail itself of the media exemption. But officials rebuffed its request, pointing to the state’s antiquated laws, which only exempt newspapers, magazines, “other periodical[s],” and “broadcast facilit[ies]” from the disclaimer and reporting requirements, thus excluding more recent forms of media, […]

Filed Under: Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, In the News, Published Articles

Daily Media Links 8/29: Citizens United Redux: The Masses Deserve A Media Exemption Too, Lerner’s Blackberry: Is There a Scandal?, and more…

In the News Daily Caller: Citizens United Redux: The Masses Deserve A Media Exemption Too By Eric Wang Before challenging the Colorado law, Citizens United first approached state regulators to see whether it too could avail itself of the media exemption. But officials rebuffed its request, pointing to the state’s antiquated laws, which only exempt newspapers, magazines, “other periodical[s],” […]

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Daily Media Links 8/28: 15 Things Vox Forgot to Mention about “Money in Politics” (Part II)

CCP 15 Things Vox Forgot to Mention about “Money in Politics” (Part II) By Scott Blackburn In Charts 18 and 19, Vox “explains” that “outside spending” (that is, money spent by independent groups) and “dark money” (that is undisclosed spending) are soaring. Leaving aside the problem mentioned in item #1 above about comparing data from OpenSecrets pre- and post-2010 […]

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Daily Media Links 8/27: George Will on IRS: “It Is Off The Rails And It Is Now Thoroughly Corrupted,” It Turns Out, Lois Lerner’s Emails Are (Probably) Backed Up After All, and more…

IRS Fox: George Will on IRS: “It Is Off The Rails And It Is Now Thoroughly Corrupted” GEORGE WILL: I can just hardly wait until the IRS lawyers go into that courtroom and tell the judge that it would be too onerous to stop obstructing justice in this case. That’s a really interesting defense. You know, […]

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Fox: New regs by NY election board on political committees raises free speech concerns (In the News)

“Democrats only care about money in politics when that money is being spent against Democrats,” said David Laska, communications director for the New York Republican Party. “We don’t see any reason why hardworking taxpayers can’t take part in the political process at a grassroots level. Basic fairness demands it, and the First Amendment commands it.” Scott Blackburn, a […]

Filed Under: In the News, Money in Politics, Quotes CCP, State, State In the News

15 Things Vox Forgot to Mention about “Money in Politics” (Part II)

Vox.com’s “40 charts that explain money in politics” fails miserably at, well, explaining money in politics. The charts seem to be less an explanation and more unproven innuendo about why money is supposedly ruining American democracy. What the collection of charts does do, however, is provide a window into some of the common misconceptions about […]

Filed Under: Blog, Money in Politics, corruption, Disclosure, Good Governance, Vox

Daily Media Links 8/26: 15 Things Vox Forgot to Mention about “Money in Politics” (Part I), It’s ‘safe money’ in modern political campaigning, and more…

CCP 15 Things Vox Forgot to Mention about “Money in Politics” (Part I) By Scott Blackburn That contributors donate their money to only one party should be unsurprising. You similarly don’t find many individuals who are fans of both the Yankees and the Red Sox. And, for those who are worried about the undue influence […]

Filed Under: Daily Media Links

15 Things Vox Forgot to Mention about “Money in Politics” (Part I)

Vox.com’s “40 charts that explain money in politics” fails miserably at, well, explaining money in politics. The charts seem to be less an explanation and more unproven innuendo about why money is supposedly ruining American democracy. What the collection of charts does do, however, is provide a window into some of the common misconceptions about […]

Filed Under: Blog, Money in Politics

Daily Media Links 8/25: Fox: New regs by NY election board on political committees raises free speech concerns, Calling Campaign Legal Center: Incorruptible Oregon refuses to get with the program, and more…

In the News Fox: New regs by NY election board on political committees raises free speech concerns “Democrats only care about money in politics when that money is being spent against Democrats,” said David Laska, communications director for the New York Republican Party. “We don’t see any reason why hardworking taxpayers can’t take part in the political process […]

Filed Under: Daily Media Links

The Center for Competitive Politics is now the Institute for Free Speech.