Daily Media Links 1/29: Republicans Echo Super PAC Ads in Debate Attacks, Serve Free Speech With That Bernie Sanders Ice Cream, and more…

Independent Groups Time: Republicans Echo Super PAC Ads in Debate Attacks Katie Reilly At Thursday’s debate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was asked about the attacks on rival Republicans from the super PAC that is supporting him. In response, he shrugged. “As it relates to the super PACs, I have no control over that, and […]

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New York Daily News: Keep those calls coming: Labeling dealings with editorial boards ‘lobbying’ is nuts (In the News)

Editorial Board Now, ill-considered letter-of-the-law logic has led the panel into extending the definition of lobbying to include communication between paid representatives of interest groups and the media. The draft of its rule would have covered “a public relations consultant who contacts a reporter or editorial board in an attempt to get the media outlet […]

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Daily Media Links 1/28: Cruz and Super-PACs Echo Each Other’s Anti-Trump Ads, Bernie Sanders’s fiction-filled campaign, and more…

Independent Groups Bloomberg: Dark Money Dominates Political Ad Spending William Allison Still, the bulk of the political spending by dark money groups targeted issues without mentioning candidates—about $161 million of the $213 million spent. While most of the groups focused on legislative issues like the agreement with Iran over its nuclear program, lifting the ban […]

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Wall Street Journal: Proposed Disclosure Rule in Albany Riles Political Circles (In the News)

Erica Orden “To the esteemed members of the New York Press Corps,” the email read, if the state ethics commission “has its way, this note will have to be reported to the government.” The letter, sent earlier this month from a group of Republican consultants, was intended to set off alarms. And it did, intensifying […]

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Vox: The agency that enforces our campaign finance laws doesn’t do its job. And many people like it that way. (In the News)

Richard Skinner The FEC has had a troubled history. In its early years, commissioners were often ineffectual veterans appointed over and over. Increasingly, its Republican commissioners have been hostile to the FEC’s very mission. In 2000, congressional Republicans pressured Bill Clinton to accept law professor Bradley Smith, whose views were summarized by the title of […]

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Daily Signal: Nonprofits Protest California’s Demands for Donor Names and Addresses (In the News)

Melissa Quinn In their letter protesting Harris’ donor disclosure requirement, the 63 organizations and nonprofit leaders stressed that the rule failed to detail which employees in the attorney general’s office would have access to donor information. The demands for information regarding nonprofits’ donors were challenged in a court case mounted by the Center for Competitive […]

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Daily Media Links 1/27: 7 things to watch at fundraising deadline, John Kasich’s super-PAC going to FEC in attempt to stop dark money ads against governor, and more…

In the News Daily Signal: Nonprofits Protest California’s Demands for Donor Names and Addresses Melissa Quinn In their letter protesting Harris’ donor disclosure requirement, the 63 organizations and nonprofit leaders stressed that the rule failed to detail which employees in the attorney general’s office would have access to donor information. The demands for information regarding […]

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The Hill: Buckley v. Valeo at 40 (In the News)

Paul H. Jossey On the positive side Buckley’s wending opinion cemented its place in First Amendment lore with a single line: “[T]he concept that government may restrict the speech of some elements of our society in order to enhance the relative voice of others is wholly foreign to the First Amendment.” Buckley thus rejected “political […]

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Daily Media Links 1/26: Sarah Palin’s PAC Is Up to Its Old Money Tricks, The Van Hollen Case: the Roberts Court Under Fire, Not From the Usual Suspects, and more…

Event Reminder: CCP-Cato Institute Conference TODAY: The Past and Future of Buckley v. Valeo PLEASE NOTE: The LOCATION and TIME for the event has changed Due to the weekend blizzard, the location of this event has been changed to the Renaissance DC Downtown Hotel, 999 9th St NW, Washington DC. The event will take place […]

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Daily Media Links 1/25: Michigan progressives’ find inner Citizens United, Appeals Court, in Defeat for Van Hollen, Backs Campaign Rule, and more…

Event Reminder: CCP-Cato Institute Conference on January 26, 2015: The Past and Future of Buckley v. Valeo On January 30, 1976, the United States Supreme Court handed down Buckley v. Valeo, still its most important decision at the intersection of campaign finance and the First Amendment. The Court brought forth a per curiam opinion that […]

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