Daily Media Links 2/23: The Clinton Foundation Super PAC, Boehner’s campaign committee to pay $4,300 in FEC fines, and more…

O’Keefe v. Chisholm: Amicus Brief On Petition for a Writ of Certiorari  The First Amendment protects the right to privately associate with others, and to jointly advocate concerning the issues of the day. Yet, in the state of Wisconsin, an elected district attorney was permitted to conduct a lengthy, sprawling investigation into Petitioners and their allies, including […]

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O’Keefe v. Chisholm: Amicus Brief On Petition for a Writ of Certiorari

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More Soft Money Hard Law: Cause for Complaint to the FEC (In the News)

By Bob Bauer Larry Lessig and Brad Smith remain at odds over the complaint Professor Smith’s organization, the Center for Competitive Politics, filed against Mayday PAC for violating the disclaimer rules. While not using precisely this word, Lessig believes that the CCP action was petty.  The problem, he says, was a breakdown in approval procedures and vendor performance, and no […]

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Daily Media Links 2/20: Don’t Let Prosecutors Terrorize Citizens Under Secret Charges, Roll Call’s Guide to the Most Clever Leadership PAC Names, and more…

In the News More Soft Money Hard Law: Cause for Complaint to the FEC By Bob Bauer Larry Lessig and Brad Smith remain at odds over the complaint Professor Smith’s organization, the Center for Competitive Politics, filed against Mayday PAC for violating the disclaimer rules. While not using precisely this word, Lessig believes that the CCP action was […]

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Daily Media Links 2/19: The most interesting political stat of the day, Hillary Clinton rebrands Obama’s frat house as her own, and more…

Independent Groups   NY Times: Call Off the Dogs   By Maureen Dowd Brock fits into the Clinton tradition of opportunistic knife-fighters like Dick Morris and Mark Penn. The silver-haired 52-year-old, who sports colorful designer suits and once wore a monocle, brawled his way into a Times article about the uneasy marriage between Hillary Clinton’s veteran attack dogs […]

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Why Outside Spending Is Overrated: Lessons from the 2014 Senate Elections

In this article, Emory University professor Alan Abramowitz analyzes the impact of independent spending in the 2014 U.S. Senate elections. Republicans made major gains in the 2014 Senate elections, but the findings reported in Abramowitz’s article indicate that independent spending by conservative groups had little or nothing to do with those gains. The main reason […]

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Constitutional and Practical Issues with Montana Senate Bill 289

The Honorable Dee Brown The Honorable Roger Webb The Honorable Sue Malek Re:  Constitutional and Practical Issues with Senate Bill 289 Dear Chair Brown, Vice Chairs Webb and Malek, and members of the Senate State Administration Committee: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics, I am writing you today to respectfully submit the following […]

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Bloomberg: Koch brothers’ group allowed to keep California donors’ names secret (In the News)

A Koch brothers advocacy group can keep its donor list secret for now, with a federal judge ruling that revealing the identities would chill free speech. The ruling comes as billionaires Charles and David Koch seek to raise almost $1 billion in the run-up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Americans for Prosperity Foundation, a nonprofit foundation […]

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Las Vegas Review Journal: State Supreme Court defends political speech (In the News)

Editorial Political speech enjoys special protection under the First Amendment because democracy cannot survive if government has the power to limit expression of high public interest and social concern. But that doesn’t stop elected officials from attacking political speech that targets them or their interests. Because they’re always focused on their next election, they consider all political […]

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Daily Media Links 2/18: 2016ers could face a bumpy road to Wall Street cash, Americans only figured out free speech 50 years ago, and more…

In the News Las Vegas Review Journal: State Supreme Court defends political speech Editorial Political speech enjoys special protection under the First Amendment because democracy cannot survive if government has the power to limit expression of high public interest and social concern. But that doesn’t stop elected officials from attacking political speech that targets them or their […]

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