Daily Media Links 3/25: Why the campaign to pressure Republicans to confirm Merrick Garland is failing, American politics has reached peak polarization, and more…

In the News CPI: Sanders, Clinton want campaign finance overhaul, but face huge obstacles Carrie Levine David Keating, president of the Center for Competitive Politics, a nonpartisan group that describes its mission as promoting First Amendment rights, said the proposals laid out by Clinton and Sanders “are all bad ideas.” Keating said having agencies like […]

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Citizens United is Too Often Distorted in the Press

Newsweek recently published, “How Dark Money Boomeranged on the GOP,” by Kurt Eichenwald. The article, about Citizens United v. FEC’s purported effect on the Republican Party blatantly distorts nearly every aspect of the free-speech case. Mr. Eichenwald’s second paragraph begins: “[T]he infamous Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission [decision], which declared that associations of people […]

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Analysis of the Proposed Minnesota Constitutional Amendment Requiring Disclosure of Certain Contributions and Campaign Expenditures (S.F. 3117)

The Honorable Thomas M. Bakk The Honorable David W. Hann Re:  Analysis of the Proposed Minnesota Constitutional Amendment Requiring Disclosure of Certain Contributions and Campaign Expenditures (S.F. 3117) Dear Majority Leader Bakk, Minority Leader Hann, and members of the Senate: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics (CCP),[1] we respectfully submit the following comments […]

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CPI: Sanders, Clinton want campaign finance overhaul, but face huge obstacles (In the News)

Carrie Levine David Keating, president of the Center for Competitive Politics, a nonpartisan group that describes its mission as promoting First Amendment rights, said the proposals laid out by Clinton and Sanders “are all bad ideas.” Keating said having agencies like the Securities and Exchange Commission police political disclosure distracts from their core missions and […]

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Daily Media Links 3/24: Chipping Away at the IRS Stonewall, What’s Behind The FEC’s Inquiries Into The Bernie Sanders Campaign?, and more…

IRS Wall Street Journal: Chipping Away at the IRS Stonewall Editorial Board In 2013 the NorCal Tea Party Patriots filed a class-action suit on behalf of groups whose applications were slow-rolled by the agency. To get the names of IRS workers involved in the targeting, plaintiffs sought access to files the IRS kept on the […]

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Daily Media Links 3/23: Obama administration’s ‘continuous resistance’ in IRS targeting case slammed by federal appeals court, What we can learn from the man blamed for Jeb Bush’s loss, and more…

IRS Washington Post: Obama administration’s ‘continuous resistance’ in IRS targeting case slammed by federal appeals court Fred Barbash A federal appeals court Tuesday slammed the IRS for what it called three years of “continuous resistance” to turning over documents in connection with a class action suit brought by tea party groups singled out for months […]

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Denver Post: Colorado’s broken campaign rules (In the News)

Editorial Board Beginning in 2010, and again this month, the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Colorado law governing groups that raise and spend relatively small amounts of money on ballot measures violates those groups’ First Amendment rights. We agree with the court that this is the case, and that it needs to […]

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Daily Media Links 3/22: Major Republican Donors Fatigued by Presidential Race, Failure At The Speed Of Government: Nearly Eight Years Later, I’ve Finally Heard Back From The IRS, and more…

In the News Denver Post: Colorado’s broken campaign rules Editorial Board Beginning in 2010, and again this month, the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Colorado law governing groups that raise and spend relatively small amounts of money on ballot measures violates those groups’ First Amendment rights. We agree with the court that […]

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Daily Media Links 3/21: Trump spent less to win more, How American voters really can influence Merrick Garland’s confirmation battle, and more…

Presidential Race Politico: Trump spent less to win more Kenneth P. Vogel and Isaac Arnsdorf As Donald Trump was racking up an impressive string of GOP primary victories last month, he was actually spending less than his nearest rival Ted Cruz and just a tiny fraction of his would-be general election opponent Democrat Hillary Clinton, […]

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Daily Media Links 3/18: Ryan huddles with GOP donors, Facing Criticism, NYC Mayor to Shutter Nonprofit Group, and more…

CCP Super PACs Aren’t So Super Compared to the Media Luke Wachob Putting a dollar value on “free” or “earned” media can help put in perspective the supposedly tsunami-like sums of money spent by candidates and independent super PACs on the campaign trail. The New York Times recently did just that, and found that the […]

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