Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission

Free Speech Doesn’t “Drown Out” Other Voices

This week, Katrina vanden Heuvel penned an op-ed in The Washington Post alleging that “big and dark money” are “drown[ing] out” the voices of ordinary Americans. The core gripe that motivates vanden Heuvel’s argument is that progressives and Democrats face an uphill battle in the race for campaign funding, despite being favored in generic ballot […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Issues, Media Watch, Money in Politics, First Amendment, Katrina vanden Heuvel, Political Spending, The Washington Post

SpeechNow.org v. Federal Election Commission: Protecting the First Amendment Rights of Americans

PDF available here  “[T]he government can have no anti-corruption interest in limiting contributions to independent expenditure-only organizations.” – SpeechNow.org v. Federal Election Commission[1] If one person can speak about a candidate without limit, can Congress ban two, three, or hundreds of people from joining together to do the same? That was the simple question presented […]

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The Price of Corporate Speech Rights: Sometimes They’ll Say Things You Dislike

A wave of businesses distancing themselves from the National Rifle Association is increasing skepticism of corporate political power among conservatives. A recent article in The Federalist argues that corporate political activism goes against “the true spirit of a republic” and amounts to “rule by an unelected elite.” These views overstate the power of corporate executives […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Issues, Money in Politics, corporate speech, First Amendment

Is Patagonia Destroying Democracy?

Holiday shoppers visiting the online home of outdoor apparel and equipment retailer Patagonia, Inc. are encountering an overtly political message: “The President Stole Your Land.” That is just the beginning of the company’s advocacy. Upon clicking “Learn More,” visitors are presented with a brief description of what exactly the company is referring to: “In an […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Issues, Bears Ears National Monument, Corporate Advocacy, corporate speech, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Patagonia, Public Lands

Brookings Panel Offers an (Incomplete) Historical Background on the Relationship Between Corporations and Democracy

On Wednesday morning, the Brookings Institution hosted an event to examine the relationship between corporations and democracy throughout American history. However, the role of nonprofit groups in allowing citizens to speak freely about politics was noticeably absent from the conversation. The discussion drew largely on the various arguments presented in the aptly titled book, Corporations […]

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Citizens United v. FEC: Facts and Falsehoods

“If the First Amendment has any force, it prohibits Congress from fining or jailing citizens, or associations of citizens, for simply engaging in political speech.” – Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 558 U.S. 310, 349 (2010) The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission struck down a provision of […]

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Lee Goodman Offers Spirited Defense of First Amendment in Campaign Finance Law

How big a problem is “dark money”? What about corporate spending in politics? Why doesn’t the FEC take a stronger stand against political activities by private groups? These are some of the questions tackled recently by Federal Election Commissioner Lee Goodman. On Wednesday, Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy hosted an event with Goodman, […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Issues, Money in Politics, Enforcement, FEC, federal election commission, Internet Speech Regulation, Lee Goodman, NAACP v. Alabama, SpeechNow.org v. FEC

Brookings Institution Panel Says Democracy is in Crisis without (More) Regulation of Political Speech

On Wednesday, the Brookings Institution hosted an event entitled “Democracy at risk: Solving critical problems threatening U.S. elections.” It was billed as a discussion about the “challenges” of the opened “floodgates to Super PAC and secret money in U.S. elections.” Besides the panel, Brookings also distributed a list of specific policy objectives from Democracy 21, […]

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2017 DISCLOSE Act Would Unconstitutionally Restrict Speech, CCP Analysis Finds

Alexandria, VA – The Center for Competitive Politics released an analysis today by Senior Fellow Eric Wang regarding the latest iteration of the DISCLOSE Act. Similar proposals have been introduced in Congress dating back to 2010 with the aim of creating a “deterrent effect” on political speech. The “DISCLOSE Act of 2017” (S. 1585) may […]

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Analysis of the “DISCLOSE Act of 2017” (S. 1585): New Bill, Same Plan to Crack Down on Speech

PDF of Legislative Brief available here By Eric Wang, Senior Fellow[1] Introduction and Executive Summary Ever since the Supreme Court issued its Citizens United ruling in 2010,[2] opponents of the decision in Congress have been trying to counteract it with the “DISCLOSE Act” (“Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections Act”). Sen. […]

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