Sacramento Bee: Another View: Rules on campaign cash limit speech (In the News)

By Luke Wachob Prior to super PACs and the Citizens United decision, individuals could already spend unlimited amounts trying to influence your vote. How do everyday citizens respond? By working together and pooling their resources. In other words, by joining political parties, or forming and supporting political action committees. Without these organizations, politicians need only answer to […]

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Daily Media Links 3/6: Rein in the IRS, I Was Alabama’s Top Judge. I’m Ashamed by What I Had to Do to Get There, and more…

In the News Sacramento Bee: Another View: Rules on campaign cash limit speech  By Luke Wachob Prior to super PACs and the Citizens United decision, individuals could already spend unlimited amounts trying to influence your vote. How do everyday citizens respond? By working together and pooling their resources. In other words, by joining political parties, or forming […]

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Suggested Improvements to Kansas House Bill 2213

The Honorable Ray Merrick The Honorable Tom Burroughs Re:  Suggested Improvements to House Bill 2213 Dear Speaker Merrick, Minority Leader Burroughs, and members of the House: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics, I am writing you today to respectfully submit the following comments commending the Legislature for its consideration of House Bill 2213, […]

Filed Under: Blog, Contribution Limits Comments, Contribution Limits State, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Money in Politics, State Comments and Testimony, Kansas

Daily Media Links 3/5: Why flooding politics with more money may not be a bad idea, Why Mayday PAC 2.0 will fail, and more…

Independent Groups   The Week: Why flooding politics with more money may not be a bad idea   By Ryan Cooper If individual candidates could raise more money per person, and if the parties could contribute as much as they like to individual candidates, it would dramatically ease the pressure on politicians to spend all their […]

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Daily Media Links 3/4: What Is All the Fuss About Campaign Coordination?, Koch network offers clue of who it will back in 2016 GOP primary,The Clinton Rules

IRS Roskam: Chairman Roskam Introduces Bill to Stop IRS Targeting Donations  WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Peter Roskam (R-IL) released the following statement after introducing H.R. 1104, the Fair Treatment for All Donations Act, to permanently ensure donations to 501(c)4, (c)5, and (c)6 organizations are not subject to the gift tax. Federal […]

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Library of Law and Liberty: Why Should ‘Electoral Integrity’ Exclude Freedom of Speech? (In the News)

By Bradley A. Smith Having rejected the traditional justifications for campaign-finance laws, Post attempts to build a case for them around the First Amendment “value” or “principle” of “electoral integrity.” He defines “electoral integrity” as “a property of a system of representation, in which the public trusts that representatives will be attentive to pubic opinion.” Quoting the political theorist […]

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Daily Media Links 3/3: How campaign finance law makes senators early lame ducks, Bay Area Legislator Says Fight Outside Campaign Cash… By Taxing It, and more…

In the News Library of Law and Liberty: Why Should ‘Electoral Integrity’ Exclude Freedom of Speech?  By Bradley A. Smith Having rejected the traditional justifications for campaign-finance laws, Post attempts to build a case for them around the First Amendment “value” or “principle” of “electoral integrity.” He defines “electoral integrity” as “a property of a system of representation, […]

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Daily Media Links 3/2: What happens when you punish a political lie, Jeb Bush exploits non-candidate status to rewrite campaign finance playbook, and more…

IRS Wall Street Journal: GOP Lawmakers Seek to Jump-Start Long-Running IRS Investigation  By John D. McKinnon WASHINGTON—The new Republican-controlled Congress is trying to pump fresh life into a long-running probe of alleged targeting of conservative groups by the Internal Revenue Service. Seeking to jump-start the stalled inquiry, GOP lawmakers raised concerns at a House hearing on […]

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Does “The Freedom of the Press” Include a Right to Anonymity? The Original Meaning

In this New York University Journal of Law and Liberty article, constitutional historian Robert G. Natelson examines relevant evidence to determine whether, as some have argued, the original legal force of the First Amendment’s “freedom of the press” clause included a per se right to anonymous authorship. The Article concludes that, except in cases in […]

Filed Under: Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Disclosure, Jurisprudence & Litigation, Press, Buckley v. Valeo, New York University Journal of Law and Liberty, Robert G. Natelson, Disclosure, Jurisprudence & Litigation, Disclosure, Jurisprudence & Litigation, Press

The Coordination Fallacy

In this symposium article draft by University of Virginia Law Professor Michael D. Gilbert and University of Virginia Law J.D. Candidate Brian Barnes, the authors examine the relationship between coordinated expenditures and corruption. Only one form of corruption, the quid pro quo, is constitutionally significant, and it has three logical elements:  (1) an actor, such […]

Filed Under: Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Coordination, Independent Speech, Jurisprudence & Litigation, Money in Politics, Coordination, Independent Speech, Jurisprudence & Litigation, Coordination, Independent Speech, Jurisprudence & Litigation

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