Daily Media Links 9/26: Hillary Clinton Endorsed By Campaign Finance Reformers, IM 22 backers challenge foes to release finance reports, and more…

In the News CRP: Larry Lessig takes his plan to Congress   By Ashley Balcerzak Lessig continues to push his “plan to save democracy.” He proposed a voucher system, where taxpayers would get a $50 tax refund and use it to donate to congressional candidates who agreed to opt in to the program: If they accepted the vouchers, the only other funds they […]

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Daily Media Links 9/23: Beware of Anti-Speech Ballot Measures, Secret funders in fight over campaign transparency, and more…

Donor Privacy Wall Street Journal: Beware of Anti-Speech Ballot Measures Tracie Sharp and Darcy Olsen When voters in Missouri, South Dakota, Washington and Oregon go to the polls in November, they will vote on ballot measures that are cleverly marketed as legislation aimed at reducing “big money” and “outside influence” in local elections. If passed, […]

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Daily Media Links 9/22: FEC Deadlocks on Appeal of PAC Name Ruling, Another group files IRS complaint against Wisconsin Club for Growth, and more…

Independent Groups USA Today: Super PAC donations surge past $1 billion Fredreka Schouten and Christopher Schnaars Super PAC donations have barreled past the $1 billion mark, driven by a small group of super-wealthy contributors intent on deciding who will occupy the White House and control Congress next year. Donations to super PACs hit nearly $1.1 […]

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Daily Media Links 9/21: Why campaign finance laws probably won’t stop Hannity and Lewandowski from helping Trump, Shaun McCutcheon says court victory renders super PAC obsolete, and more…

Event Roskam to Host Panel on Protecting Free Speech When: Wednesday September 21, 2:30-3:30 Where: US Capitol, HC-8 Across the country, in governors’ mansions, and on college campuses, an all-out assault is being waged on Americans’ fundamental right to free speech. From political officials who attempt to silence those with whom they disagree, to university […]

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Daily Media Links 9/20: Court rules against FEC in ad case, Koskinen’s IRS Failed to Search Five of Six Locations for Lois Lerner Emails, and more…

CCP Enabling the Harassment of Donors for Their Beliefs is Not Free Speech Joe Albanese To make his point, Donlan quotes Harry S. Truman: “If you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen.” Maybe that sentiment rings true for professional politicians. Some may also have little sympathy to muster for wealthy private donors, […]

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Enabling the Harassment of Donors for Their Beliefs is Not Free Speech

A consistent refrain from defenders of free speech is that the remedy for speech you dislike is more speech, not less. This logic was turned on its head in an article in Barron’s recently. The author, Thomas G. Donlan, spends most of the article highlighting very effectively the “tangled web” of campaign finance laws and […]

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Daily Media Links 9/19: Speak While You Still Can, Campaign finance ruling to be appealed, and more…

Free Speech U.S. News & World Report: Speak While You Still Can Peter Roff The armchair constitutionalists who have lately been about the business of trying to nullify the decision of the United States Supreme Court in the Citizens United case are so full of ardor for their cause they are no longer thinking clearly. […]

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The Hill: Activists twist Watergate to stigmatize corporate speech (In the News)

Bradley A. Smith and Luke Wachob
It should go without saying that legal contributions to super PACs or nonprofits to publicize support for candidates or issues are not in the same arena as illegal contributions to candidates given in exchange for explicit favors.
Reputational risks should be considered in every decision companies make, from marketing their products to contributing to nonprofits. Politics is not unique in this respect. Companies may offend certain customers or shareholders by contributing to art museums that put up controversial displays, or theaters that perform controversial plays. Such offending content may even be political in nature.
In most cases, however, companies decide the benefits of being engaged in the community outweigh the risks. They understand that reasonable people will not hold them responsible for every action from every group that indirectly receives a penny from them. Indeed, polling has found that huge majorities believe it is appropriate for companies to engage in politics when their businesses are affected.

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Daily Media Links 9/16: Taxpayer Political Financing by Decree, FEC stalemates on how to deal with foreign-owned companies spending in elections, and more…

In the News The Hill: Activists twist Watergate to stigmatize corporate speech Bradley A. Smith and Luke Wachob It should go without saying that legal contributions to super PACs or nonprofits to publicize support for candidates or issues are not in the same arena as illegal contributions to candidates given in exchange for explicit favors. […]

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Analysis of Multnomah Co. Measure Number 26-184 (“Fair Elections and Clean Governance Charter Amendment”)

PDF of analysis available here This November, the citizens of Multnomah County, Oregon – the county where the City of Portland is located – will be asked to approve “A Fair Elections and Clean Governance Charter Amendment” (“Amendment”). The Amendment may impact the First Amendment rights of all citizens of Multnomah County and nonprofit organizations […]

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