American Prospect: How Big Money Has Hurt the GOP (In the News)

Eliza Newlin Carney The granddaddy of all campaign-finance rulings—the high court’s landmark 1976 decision in Buckley v. Valeo to uphold the post-Watergate contribution caps and disclosure rules—turns 40 on January 30. The Buckley anniversary will be the topic of two major campaign-finance conferences, one hosted by the Cato Institute and the Center for Competitive Politics […]

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Daily Media Links 1/22: Appeals Court Upholds FEC Rule on Disclosure Requirements, McConnell: Executive order on campaign finance would be illegal, 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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Citizens Misguided: Media Myths about Citizens United Persist in 2016

The Daily Beast recently marked the six year anniversary of Citizens United by carrying on one of the decision’s most prominent legacies: spurring members of the media to embarrass themselves by failing to grasp even the most basic aspects of the ruling. Jay Michaelson, “a writer and LGBT activist in the USA who writes on […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Super PACs, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, Jay Michaelson, The Daily Beast

Cato: Podcast: Can Spending Corrupt a Ballot Initiative? (In the News)

Allen Dickerson and Trevor Burrus The Supreme Court has an opportunity to clarify that spending money to influence voters on a ballot initiative isn’t a corrupting influence. Allen Dickerson with the Center for Competitive Politics and Cato’s Trevor Burrus comment. Listen…

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Daily Media Links 1/21: Obama considers campaign finance executive order, What Kind of Man Spends Millions to Elect Ted Cruz?, and more…

In the News Cato: Podcast: Can Spending Corrupt a Ballot Initiative? Allen Dickerson and Trevor Burrus The Supreme Court has an opportunity to clarify that spending money to influence voters on a ballot initiative isn’t a corrupting influence. Allen Dickerson with the Center for Competitive Politics and Cato’s Trevor Burrus comment. Listen… CCP Comments to […]

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Comments to the SEC on MSRB and FINRA Pay-to-Play Rules, File No. SR-MSRB-2015-14, File No. SR-FINRA-2015-056

Via Electronic Submission Mr. Brent Fields Secretary Securities and Exchange Commission 100 F Street, NE Washington, DC 20549-1090 Re:      MSRB and FINRA Pay-to-Play Rules, File No. SR-MSRB-2015-14, File No. SR-FINRA-2015-056 To the Chairman and Commissioners: This letter is submitted on behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics (“CCP”), a § 501(c)(3) organization founded to educate […]

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NBC News: What Is ‘Dark Money’ and Why Do So Many People Think It’s Bad? (In the News)

Michael Beckel Supporters of anonymity in politics frequently cite the fact that The Federalist Papers and Thomas Paine’s Common Sense were published anonymously during the country’s founding. Lawyers at the Wyoming Liberty Group, for instance, have argued that throughout American history “anonymous political speech has been the scorn of entrenched powers and the saving balm […]

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Time: Do We Really Need Campaign Finance Reform? (In the News)

Brad Smith This question presumes that we ought to mitigate the effects of “big money.” Is that right? What are the effects? There is considerable evidence that higher spending in politics helps voters identify candidates, place them on an ideological scale, and connect them to stances on issues. Money is also used to fund voter […]

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Daily Media Links 1/20: President Obama May Require Federal Contractors to List Campaign Gifts, Hillary Clinton campaign chairman tells super PAC to ‘chill out’, and more…

In the News Time: Do We Really Need Campaign Finance Reform? Brad Smith This question presumes that we ought to mitigate the effects of “big money.” Is that right? What are the effects? There is considerable evidence that higher spending in politics helps voters identify candidates, place them on an ideological scale, and connect them […]

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Daily Media Links 1/19: Super PACs Are Spending, So Far to Little Effect, Prominent Jeb Bush Donor Questions ‘Super PAC’ Strategist Over Negative Marco Rubio Ads, and more…

Campaign Spending Effectiveness Wall Street Journal: Super PACs Are Spending, So Far to Little Effect Daniel Nasaw Since the campaign season began last year, super PACs have spent more than $109 million to trumpet the major candidates for the Republican nomination, a Wall Street Journal analysis of Federal Election Commission filings shows. …but the course […]

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