Daily Media Links 7/31: Is it dangerous to participate in democracy?, Judge not the media, lest ye be judged, and more…

Free Speech Northwest Florida Daily News: Is it dangerous to participate in democracy? By Tracey Tapp While being interviewed by the Daily News for the article “Taking it to the Streets” (July 20 edition), I was asked if we were afraid to protest. I was taken aback by the question. Why should we be afraid […]

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Daily Media Links 7/28: Obama IRS Abuse Should Unite Trump and Sessions, Conservative group challenges Santa Fe’s campaign finance law, and more…

IRS Wall Street Journal: Obama IRS Abuse Should Unite Trump and Sessions By Jerome Marcus I’m referring to the cases, still on file today, challenging or seeking to expose Internal Revenue Service policies that delayed applications for tax-exempt status from conservative groups. That’s viewpoint discrimination, a clear First Amendment violation… So why is the department […]

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Daily Media Links 7/27: Rio Grande Foundation sues over Santa Fe campaign disclosure rule, Missouri attorney general wants to reinstate ban on PAC-to-PAC transfers, and more…

CCP New CED Study Dispels Myth of a ‘Wild West’ in Campaign Finance By Luke Wachob CED’s findings join a growing body of research that makes the doom and gloom predictions surrounding Citizens United look embarrassingly off the mark. It is increasingly clear that candidates and parties have not been “drowned out” by “outside” speakers; that super […]

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Surprise, Surprise: Politicians Are Happy to Benefit from Taxpayer Money

Seattle’s new “democracy vouchers” program is the latest effort by supporters of greater campaign finance regulation to give government a bigger role in political campaigns. The system funnels taxpayer money to politicians via four $25 vouchers for each registered voter, and is intended to reduce candidates’ need to fundraise via voluntary contributions. Some Seattle property […]

Filed Under: Blog, Money in Politics, Tax Financed Campaigns Press Release/In the News/Blog, Tax Financed Campaigns State, Tax-Financing, Democracy Vouchers, Jon Grant, Pacific Legal Foundation, Seattle, Washington

New CED Study Dispels Myth of a ‘Wild West’ in Campaign Finance

Since Citizens United, the landscape of campaign finance law has often been described as a “wild west” where politicians, donors, and interest groups can do as they please. But a new study from the Committee for Economic Development (CED) dispels this myth. Their findings? The overwhelming majority of funds used to speak about candidates are […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits Federal, Contribution Limits Press Release/In the News/Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure Federal, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Money in Politics, Super PACs, CED, Committe for Economic Development, Dark Money, Nonprofit Advocacy

Daily Media Links 7/26: The Landscape of Campaign Contributions, Secretary of state unveils changes to proposed disclosure rules, and more…

In the News Reason: Trump Attacks on Washington Post Illustrate Importance of Citizens United By Ed Krayewski Absent this protection, the federal government could decide that the Washington Post, as Trump claims, was a sort of lobbying arm of Amazon, and thus muzzle their election-related speech. It’s not theoretical. Before Citizens United, as A. Baron […]

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Reason: Trump Attacks on Washington Post Illustrate Importance of Citizens United (In the News)

Reason: Trump Attacks on Washington Post Illustrate Importance of Citizens United By Ed Krayewski Absent this protection, the federal government could decide that the Washington Post, as Trump claims, was a sort of lobbying arm of Amazon, and thus muzzle their election-related speech. It’s not theoretical. Before Citizens United, as A. Baron Hinkle has pointed […]

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Talk Media News: $18 million election law fine is egregious (In the News)

By Edward Zuckerman 
The Center for Competitive Politics said in a friend-of-the-court brief that imposing an $18 million fine for failure to meet a registration requirement of Washington State’s election law is barred by the U.S. Constitution’s prohibition against “excessive fines.” CCP said the fine, levied against the Grocery Manufacturers of America for expenditures to promote defeat of a ballot measure, is “a death sentence for most groups, with tremendous potential to chill specially protected speech.”

Filed Under: In the News, Quotes CCP

Daily Media Links 7/25: Four House Committees to Vote on Trump Controversies, Lawmaker Facing Scrutiny Over Campaign-Finance Funds Quits, and more…

In the News Talk Media News: $18 million election law fine is egregious By Edward Zuckerman The Center for Competitive Politics said in a friend-of-the-court brief that imposing an $18 million fine for failure to meet a registration requirement of Washington State’s election law is barred by the U.S. Constitution’s prohibition against “excessive fines.” CCP […]

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USA Today: Do we still believe in free speech? Only until we disagree (In the News)

By Anders Gyllenhaal 
After a century of building free speech rights into our laws and culture, Americans are backing away from one of the country’s defining principles.
Set off by the nation’s increasingly short fuse, students, politicians, teachers and parents are not just refusing to hear each other out, we’re coming up with all sorts of ways of blocking ideas we don’t agree with…
“When people quit listening to each other, there’s that lack of discussion and a lack of understanding,” said Bradley A. Smith, the former chairman of the Federal Election Commission and professor at Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio. “That’s when there’s a growing tendency to think the other side shouldn’t be able to say what they think.”… 
Today’s conflicts are the most complicated yet and show no sign of easing. But as more than one scholar has pointed out, free speech is the starting place for all our other rights. We shouldn’t lose sight of what’s at stake: Without the free flow of ideas, the American experiment cannot succeed.  

Filed Under: Brad Smith, In the News, Quotes CCP

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