More Soft Money Hard Law: The Coordination of Issue Advocacy Part II: Progressive Conflicts and a Hypothetical (In the News)

By Bob Bauer The theory behind keeping candidates from coordinating with “outside group” issue advocacy is that the candidates have to account for the benefits they receive from associating with their allies. If the groups spend money on issues also identified with the candidates, then the candidates are getting “contributions” that must be tracked and […]

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Daily Media Links 7/14: Does Religious Speech Threaten Democracy?, Get the IRS out of the speech-police business, and more…

In the News National Review: Does Religious Speech Threaten Democracy? By Zac Morgan Section 2 allows Congress to explicitly ban corporations or other associations from spending money to influence elections — but Lord only knows what “influencing elections” actually means. (To give you an idea, a surprising number of states, even with the protections of the current First Amendment, […]

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CPI: Is this super PAC subverting disclosure rules? (In the News)

By Michael Beckel Super PACs are supposed to disclose the identities of their donors. Except when they don’t, exactly. Nearly all of the money raised by the Citizens for a Working America PAC, a super PAC that’s spent more than $2 million on ads boosting businessman David Perdue in Georgia’s contentious Republican U.S. Senate primary, has […]

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Daily Media Links 7/11: U.S. Chamber President Comments on Senate Judiciary’s Vote to Eliminate First Amendment Rights, Senate panel advances plan to get money out of politics, and more…

Amending the First Amendment Chamber of Commerce: U.S. Chamber President Comments on Senate Judiciary’s Vote to Eliminate First Amendment Rights “We are clearly in an era when political adversaries don’t just want to win elections—they want to drive opponents out of the political process and the public debate. To play political games with our Constitutional protections is […]

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Daily Media Links 7/10: Undisclosed? Off-the-Radar? Underground Elections? Hardly, Insults should not dominate debate over First Amendment, and more…

CCP Media Watch: Media Watch: Undisclosed? Off-the-Radar? Underground Elections?  Hardly. By Joe Trotter First of all, an election is this thing that happens when people go and cast a ballot to vote for who they want to be their elected leaders (or for or against a ballot measure).  In general, there is an election day that […]

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Daily Media Links 7/9: The IRS Scandal Heads to Court, Dark Money Behind Campaign Finance Reform Push, and more…

IRS Wall Street Journal: Opinion: The IRS Scandal Heads to Court Foley & Lardner Partner Cleta Mitchell on why judges may force the IRS to explain why it targeted conservative groups before the 2012 election. Watch… The Hill: Conservative groups take the IRS to court By Bernie Backer Legal experts say grassroots conservative groups shouldn’t expect […]

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Daily Media Links 7/8: Money Still Doesn’t “Buy Elections,” Senate Democrats Begin Efforts to Amend Constitution, and more…

CCP Money Still Doesn’t “Buy Elections” By Scott Blackburn Last Wednesday, The Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart wrote a noteworthy piece criticizing former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich for his inane statements regarding former New York City mayor, Michael Bloomberg. Gingrich said that he, “[had] every problem with Mayor Bloomberg being able to buy […]

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Daily Media Links 7/7: Udall should return $46K contribution, New Koskinen Testimony Will Turn Up Heat On Lois Lerner, and more…

In the News Albuquerque Journal: Weh: Udall should return $46K contribution By Michael Coleman Weh based his request on an ethics complaint filed in June against nine U.S. senators – including Udall – by the conservative-leaning, Washington-based Center for Competitive Politics. The group has alleged that to varying degrees the nine senators used their positions to pressure […]

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Albuquerque Journal: Weh: Udall should return $46K contribution (In the News)

By Michael Coleman Weh based his request on an ethics complaint filed in June against nine U.S. senators – including Udall – by the conservative-leaning, Washington-based Center for Competitive Politics. The group has alleged that to varying degrees the nine senators used their positions to pressure the IRS to crack down on conservative nonprofit groups, such as […]

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Daily Media Links 7/3:Threats to democracy, real and imagined, Hobby Lobby Ruling Fuels Amendment Push, and more…

In the News RNLA: Threats to democracy, real and imagined By Paul Jossey Plutocrats, these “reformers” counsel—unsatisfied with their already enormous wealth—are trying to “buy” America and “drown out” the voice of the little guy. Money buys “access” and “undue influence,” corrupting the system and threating the very foundation of democracy. Indeed so dire the threat, it can only […]

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