Super PACs Aren’t So Super Compared to the Media

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 value of media coverage exceeds candidate and super PAC spending on paid […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Money in Politics, Super PACs, A. Barton Hinkle, Donald Trump, Les Moonves, The Media

National Constitution Center: The constitutional and political impact of Citizens United (podcast) (In the News)

What is the state of elections and campaign finance, six years after the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission? In that case, the Court held that corporate funding of independent political communications in campaigns for public office cannot be limited under the First Amendment… Joining We the People to explore […]

Filed Under: Broadcast, Video, Audio, In the News, Newsroom

Daily Media Links 3/17: An Assault on Free Press, Obama Chooses Merrick Garland for Supreme Court, and more…

In the News National Constitution Center: The constitutional and political impact of Citizens United (podcast) What is the state of elections and campaign finance, six years after the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission? In that case, the Court held that corporate funding of independent political communications in campaigns for […]

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Reason: Merrick Garland on Citizens United, the First Amendment, and Campaign Finance Regulation (In the News)

Damon Root In 2010 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a unanimous en banc opinion in the case of SpeechNow.org v. Federal Election Commission. At issue was the constitutionality of federal campaign finance regulations controlling the actions of independent groups that expressly advocate for and against political candidates. David […]

Filed Under: David Keating, In the News, Newsroom, SpeechNow.org v. FEC

Daily Media Links 3/16: Marco Rubio drops out of presidential campaign after Florida loss, Measuring Donald Trump’s Mammoth Advantage in Free Media, and more…

In the News The Hill: Want sunshine? Buy loudspeakers Luke Wachob Few people make a habit of reading government websites. They are far more likely to hear about political scandals or instances of corruption through news coverage, from political or membership organizations they belong to, from social media postings, or in conversations with friends and […]

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The Hill: Want sunshine? Buy loudspeakers (In the News)

Luke Wachob Few people make a habit of reading government websites. They are far more likely to hear about political scandals or instances of corruption through news coverage, from political or membership organizations they belong to, from social media postings, or in conversations with friends and family. If government can restrict any of that speech, […]

Filed Under: In the News, Luke Wachob, Newsroom, Published Articles

PR Week: What’s next in the legal fight between the PR industry and New York State (In the News)

Jacqueline Renfrow Lasky and the organizations involved believe what they see as a clear violation of their First Amendment rights favors the PR bodies’ cause and that the vagueness of the opinion makes it difficult for PR pros to adhere to the law. “Supreme Court precedent requires that restrictions on speech of matters of public […]

Filed Under: Current Case, In the News, In the News Our Cases, Litigation Blog/Press Releases, Newsroom, November Team v. JCOPE

WGRZ Albany: JCOPE looks forward to “day in court” (In the News)

Joseph Spector In response to the growing influence of the firms, JCOPE in January required the consultants to register as lobbyists and follow state disclosure rules if they reach out to a media outlet “in an attempt to get it to advance the client’s message in an editorial.” David Keating, president of the Center for […]

Filed Under: Current Case, In the News, In the News Our Cases, Litigation Blog/Press Releases, Newsroom, November Team v. JCOPE, Quotes CCP

Associated Press: Even As Political Spending Explodes, Disclosure Remains Hazy (In the News)

Mary Spicuzza and Jeremy B. White When Wisconsin lawmakers passed a measure that formalized the provisions of the state Supreme Court ruling that allowed coordination, they also ended the requirement that donors to candidates provide information about their employers. Smith applauded Wisconsin’s new law, and said he hopes to see further limits to disclosure, such […]

Filed Under: In the News, Newsroom, Quotes CCP

Daily Media Links 3/15: The Path to Convention Chaos, How to Reverse Citizens United, and more…

In the News Associated Press: Even As Political Spending Explodes, Disclosure Remains Hazy Mary Spicuzza and Jeremy B. White When Wisconsin lawmakers passed a measure that formalized the provisions of the state Supreme Court ruling that allowed coordination, they also ended the requirement that donors to candidates provide information about their employers. Smith applauded Wisconsin’s […]

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