Debating the CFI Report

Michael Malbin, President of the Campaign Finance Institute, responds in part to my comments on CFI’s study of non-profits’ election activity.  And I respond back.  Click the headline above to read the full debate.

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog

When Democracy is the Problem

The latest report on non-profit "election activity" by the Campaign Finance Institute illustrates the intellectual dead end at which the campaign finance regulatory movement finds itself.   It’s tentative conclusion: democracy is not to be trusted.

Filed Under: Blog

Reminder: CCP Advisors in Public Funding Panel

Reminder: CCP Academic Advisor David Primo and CCP Litigation Consultant Erik Jaffe appear with Michael McDonald of George Mason University at this Federalist Society Panel at noon on July 26, at the National Press Club.  Click on the link for registration information.

Filed Under: Blog

Is FEC Enforcement Lacking? Tell It to These Guys

While the "reform community" complains that the Federal Election Commission is incapable of enforcing the law, the FEC is quietly assessing the largest fines in the Agency’s history. 

To read more, click on the title above. 

Filed Under: Blog

When “Reform” = Bias

The speech-regulation community is touting a new bill to scrap the current, bipartisan Federal Election Commission and replace it with a powerful Campaign Finance Czar (or as some would say, Tsar). There are many flaws in the proposal, but one of the most interesting are the proposed restrictions on who could serve.

To read more, click on the title above.

Filed Under: Blog

Arizona’s “Clean Elections” Commission Moves into Licensing the Press

The organized press has long served as a complaisant cheerleader for campaign finance restrictions, confident that the regulations they enthusiastically support will never come back to be used against them.  After all, most all campaign finance laws include a “press exemption.”  

But there ought to be growing apprehension among traditional media reporters and editorialists about their support for campaign finance restrictions.  According to this story, the Arizona “Clean Elections” Commission will soon be in the business of deciding whose endorsements are “legitimate” news and whose are not.

To read more, click on the title above. 

Filed Under: Blog, Arizona

FEC Makes the Right Decision on 527s

PRESS RELEASE: May 31, 2006

Media Contact:

Bradley A. Smith (614) 236-6317

To read the entire release, click on the title above.

Filed Under: External Relations Press Releases, External Relations Sub-Pages, Press Releases

Smith’s testimony before the United State House of Representatives Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on the Constitution

Senior Advisor CCP, Prof Brad Smith testified on behalf of CCP before the United States House of Representatives, Judiciary Committee on lobbying reform and ethics proposals now circulating in congress. He believes that the grassroots lobbying disclosure proposals do nothing either to sever the link between lobbyist cash and lawmakers’ pecuniary interests, or to strengthen the relative voice of citizens. And also that the purpose of disclosure is to provide information to citizens about their government – not to provide government with information about the activities of its citizens, which raises serious First Amendment issues and may discourage contact between ordinary citizens and congress.

Filed Under: Research

Awaiting Supreme Court’s Opinion on Whether Citizen Groups Can Speak Over Airwaves about Legislation or Legislators Close to an Election

PRESS RELEASE: January 23, 2006

Media Contact:

Bradley A. Smith (614) 236-6317

Filed Under: Press Releases

McConnell v. Federal Election Commission: Ideology Trumps Reality, Pragmatism

In this essay, Smith tries to analyze the doctrinal strengths and weaknesses of the McConnell decision. Instead of discussing the full contours of the opinion, he makes two points about the majority opinion which run counter to how it has been widely characterized. He hopes that calling attention to these points now will assist others in more detailed analysis. He also makes a few general predictions about the practical effects of the decision, which may also be useful as we look to see how the law works in practice.

Filed Under: Uncategorized, Jurisprudence & Litigation, Jurisprudence & Litigation

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