More Soft Money Hard Law: The “Evidence” In Reform (and Anti-Reform) Argument (In the News)

Bob Bauer The related but still distinguishable argument about political inequality has meant the same search for clinching proof that policy follows money and makes for a “rigged” system.  This week, the Center for Competitive Politics took after a widely reported paper about the correlation between the aspirations of the wealthy and the manufacture of […]

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Morning Consult: Senate GOP Strikes Back in Campaign Disclosure Rule Saga (In the News)

Ryan Rainey Four Republican senators led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Senate Republican leaders are declaring victory after a potential court fight abruptly ended Wednesday over whether the Securities and Exchange Commission should require companies to disclose their political donations. A petition to require the SEC to propose a rule on company […]

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Federalist: Why ‘Getting Money Out Of Politics’ Hurts The Little Guy (In the News)

Brad Smith So perhaps the biggest lesson of Maryland’s Eighth District is not that spending doesn’t determine winners and losers (although it doesn’t), nor that spending is necessary to get new voices into the system (it often is), nor that spending can make races less equal, but it can also make them more equal (it […]

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Daily Media Links 5/19: Ben & Jerry’s Just Started A New Political Fight In North Carolina, Trump’s deal with the RNC shows how big money is flowing back to the parties, and more…

In the News Federalist: Why ‘Getting Money Out Of Politics’ Hurts The Little Guy Brad Smith So perhaps the biggest lesson of Maryland’s Eighth District is not that spending doesn’t determine winners and losers (although it doesn’t), nor that spending is necessary to get new voices into the system (it often is), nor that spending […]

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Analysis of the Proposed Minnesota Constitutional Amendment Requiring Disclosure of Certain Contributions and Campaign Expenditures (H.F. 2727)

The Honorable Kurt Daudt The Honorable Paul Thissen Re:  Analysis of the Proposed Minnesota Constitutional Amendment Requiring Disclosure of Certain Contributions and Campaign Expenditures (H.F. 2727) Dear Speaker Daudt, Minority Leader Thissen, and members of the House: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics (CCP),[1] we respectfully submit the following comments analyzing a bill […]

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Daily Media Links 5/17: De Blasio Campaign Finance Scandal Illustrates Root of Money in Politics Problem, Billionaires lining up for Trump aren’t sure where to send their money, and more…

Corruption Reason: De Blasio Campaign Finance Scandal Illustrates Root of Money in Politics Problem Ed Krayewski The apparent relationship between de Blasio’s city government and Dussich and his company reveal a pernicious aspect of money in politics often omitted in critiques of campaign finance that seek to limit the free speech end of the transaction. […]

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Daily Media Links 5/16: The IRS’s Donor Lists, Trump backers face ‘scam PAC’ charges, House to hold IRS ‘impeachment’ hearing for Koskinen over Lerner emails, and more…

CCP Are Plutocrats Really Uniting? Paul Jossey Researchers found majorities of rich and average people actually agreed on 89.6% of the bills in the data set instead of 78%. Where they disagreed, economic elites ‘won’ 53% of the time, the middle class 47%. And when the rich win it is not, as Hasen suggested, skewed […]

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Amicus Brief: In re Stephen M. Silberstein

On behalf of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Sen. Thad Cochran, Sen. John Boozman, and Sen. Richard Shelby, CCP (now IFS) filed this friend-of-the-court brief opposing a petition for a Writ of Mandamus filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit by Stephen M. Silberstein. Mr. Silberstein sought the writ to force the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to engage in a rulemaking that would mandate corporate disclosure of otherwise-immaterial contributions to political organizations and industry groups. The Senators’ brief noted that such a rulemaking would directly violate the recent omnibus appropriations bill, which should be interpreted as preventing the SEC from regulating in that area. Two days after the filing of this amicus brief, Mr. Silberstein withdrew his petition.

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Are Plutocrats Really Uniting?

The anti-First Amendment Campaign Legal Center recently hosted noted election-law professor Rick Hasen to discuss his book ‘Plutocrats United.’ Hasen presented the book’s “reform” themes of undue donor influence, corruption, and political inequality. And although he discredited standard talking points about “buying” elections, his evidence for the rich – the plutocrats – disproportionately influencing political […]

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Daily Media Links 5/13: A Climate Courtroom Crusade Scorches Due Process, News media give free ride to anti-Donald Trump video, and more…

Executive Abuse Wall Street Journal: A Climate Courtroom Crusade Scorches Due Process Philip Hamburger Six months ago, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issued a subpoena demanding that Exxon Mobil turn over records concerning its research on climate change. In March, Mr. Schneiderman took the predictable next step, announcing that a coalition of attorneys general […]

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