Contribution Contradiction in North Carolina

North Carolina Governor Mike Easley has been busy. On July 23, 2006, he signed into law H.B. 1845, which prohibits the personal use of contributions by candidates and campaign committees. Andrew Ballard, “N.C. Gov. Signs Law Restricting Use of Campaign Contributions,” BNA Money & Politics Report, July 26, 2006. On August 4, he signed H.B. 1843, which prohibits lobbyists from making campaign contributions to legislators or public servants. Andrew Ballard, “New N.C. Lobbying Restrictions Signed Into Law by Governor,” BNA Money & Politics Report, August 7, 2006. In an era of Abramoff investigation into already illegal activity and its concomitant legislative proposals for further “reform,” it is worth mentioning an oft unnoticed contradiction represented in Governor Easley’s recent enactments.

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CCP, Cato and IJ: Washington Radio Jockeys Case

Bob Bauer asks what silence says about the reform agenda in the San Juan County Radio Jockeys Case and mentions CCP along the way.

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Competition and the Alleged Leadership PAC “Loophole”

Many "reform" organizations are claiming that Congress is going to open a "loophole" in campaign finance law by allowing leadership PACs to make unlimited contributions to national party committees.  It their preemptive strike against the proposal – not yet actually introduced – the "reform" organizations invoke competition, arguing that the proposal, "provid[es] an enormous advantage for congressional incumbents over their challengers.”  But does it?  The truth is much more complex. 

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A Question of Priorities

Senator Russ Feingold and Congressmen Chris Shays and Marty Meehan have introduced legislation to increase taxpayer subsidies to political campaigns by as much as 400%.  Public opinion surveys, and taxpayer behavior, suggests that this is not likely to be a popular proposal.  It really boils down to a question of government priorities, argues CCP Senior Advisor Brad Smith in this post.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Newsreel II

NEW YORK — Internet giants Yahoo, Microsoft and Google were today challenged to reveal which words they have banned from blogs and Web searches in China.

Amnesty International has accused the companies of ‘corporate complicity’ in suppressing the internet in the Communist state.

Amnesty UK director Kate Allen said: ‘Yahoo, Microsoft and Google have all facilitated or colluded in China’s censorship of the net.” [But Yahoo, Microsoft and Google] claim they are obeying local law[.]’

“Internet Giants Challenged Over China Ban”, Daily Mail, July 20, 2006

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Sunlight, Sunburn, and an Earmarking Proposal from Senator Coburn

The $3 trillion annual federal budget contains $460 billion in grants and $340 million in contracts, but there is no simple way for the public, the media, or even lawmakers to discover exactly where this money is being spent, complained Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.). Coburn sponsored the new disclosure legislation [S. 2590] and chaired the hearing of a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee on the bill.

– Kenneth P. Doyle, “Transparency in Federal Funding Touted in Battle Against ‘Earmarks’” BNA, Money & Politics Report, July 19, 2006.

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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. 

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