Daily Media Links 1/15: Upset Republican donors: Have we wasted our money?, Bush-aligned lawyer: Donald Trump’s camp is breaking federal law, and more…

Independent Groups The Hill: Upset Republican donors: Have we wasted our money? Jonathan Swan GOP front-runner Donald Trump’s relatively cheap campaign — contrasted with the millions of dollars spent on behalf of Jeb Bush, John Kasich, Scott Walker and Rick Perry — has left  donors, fundraisers and conservative leaders questioning the value of super-PACs, which […]

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Center for Public Integrity: Groups decrying ‘dark money’ use shadowy money themselves (In the News)

Liz Essley Whyte The Center for Public Integrity found 21 groups, vocal about so-called dark money, that put money into politics but do not fully disclose their donors. The groups either gave to ballot measure campaigns, paid for messages about candidates or gave to political action committees… But many of the groups identified by the […]

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Daily Media Links 1/14: Ted Cruz Didn’t Disclose Loan From Goldman Sachs for His First Senate Campaign, Koch Industries responds to allegations in forthcoming book, and more…

In the News Center for Public Integrity: Groups decrying ‘dark money’ use shadowy money themselves Liz Essley Whyte The Center for Public Integrity found 21 groups, vocal about so-called dark money, that put money into politics but do not fully disclose their donors. The groups either gave to ballot measure campaigns, paid for messages about […]

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Daily Media Links 1/13: Obama: I’ll travel the country to push campaign finance, redistricting reform, An IRS Class Action, An Election With the Shape of American Democracy in the Balance, and more…

State of the Union Politico: Obama: I’ll travel the country to push campaign finance, redistricting reform Kyle Cheney “We have to end the practice of drawing our congressional districts so that politicians can pick their voters, and not the other way around,” he’ll say, according to prepared text of his speech. “We have to reduce […]

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Zocalo Public Square: Embrace higher Spending (In the News)

Brad Smith Money can make races less equal, but it can also make them more equal. For example, it can balance out newspaper endorsements, name recognition unrelated to political achievement or acumen, and non-monetary support from special interest groups such as unions or trade associations. And while people often complain about the negativity of campaigns […]

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Daily Media Links 1/12: The People Who Finance Political Campaigns, Undisclosed dollars dominate campaign spending, and more…

In the News Zocalo Public Square: Embrace higher Spending Brad Smith Money can make races less equal, but it can also make them more equal. For example, it can balance out newspaper endorsements, name recognition unrelated to political achievement or acumen, and non-monetary support from special interest groups such as unions or trade associations. And […]

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Daily Media Links 1/11: A Speech Mugging in Montana, You want to give to Ted Cruz’s super PAC? First figure out which one., and more…

Free Speech Wall Street Journal: A Speech Mugging in Montana Editorial Board Montana is known for its restrictive—and illegal—campaign-finance laws. After the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United, then Attorney General Scott Bullock tried to claim that Montana could continue to limit corporate expenditures. He was smacked down by the Justices in American Tradition […]

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Daily Media Links 1/8: Virginia’s former governor faces prison over politics, IRS withdraws controversial rule after charity backlash, and more…

Event 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 invalidated […]

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Daily Media Links 1/7: How Lawmakers Stopped Part of Obama’s Assault on First Amendment, SuperPACs Are Not So Super In 2016, and more…

Congress Daily Signal: How Lawmakers Stopped Part of Obama’s Assault on First Amendment Hans Von Spakovsky Forcing Americans to report to the government whom they donate money to, and what organizations they are members of, chills speech, diminishes free expression, and reduces advocacy and speech about many important issues—political, cultural, and otherwise. But then, that […]

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ABC News: Cash-Rich Super PACs Prolong Flagging Presidential Campaigns (In the News)

Julie Bykowicz, Associated Press Those super PAC investments work as an incentive against a candidate giving up too soon, however dim the prospects. While super PACs have dumped buckets of money into politics, they’ve also helped ensure a more competitive democratic process, said Bradley Smith, a former federal elections commissioner who advocates for looser fundraising […]

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