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In the News: Washington Examiner: Free speech and Citizens United, three years later

Free speech and Citizens United, three years later By Sarah Lee It is fitting that the third anniversary of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission fell on inauguration weekend. The case allowed new ways for citizens to participate in campaigns — a fact publicly derided by progressives and reformers yet privately taken advantage of by […]

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In the News: Roll Call: Campaign Finance Disclosure Has Costs

Campaign Finance Disclosure Has Costs By David M. Primo (CCP Academic Advisor), Pavel Tendetnik, Dick M. Carpenter II, and Sandy Ho Record amounts of money poured into campaign coffers in the 2012 election season. Unbeknownst to many donors, contributions of more than $200 to a federal candidate produced more than just another campaign ad. They also […]

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

In the News: Wall Street Journal: The Dangers of an Informed Electorate

The Dangers of an Informed Electorate CCP Chairman Bradley A. Smith wrote this piece for the Wall Street Journal: One day you return home from work, go to your mailbox, and find a packet from your employer concerning the coming Nov. 6 election. It includes information about the candidates and a letter from the company […]

Filed Under: Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, In the News, Published Articles, WSJ

In the News: Washington Examiner: Court ruling a boon to privacy, accuracy

Court ruling a boon to privacy, accuracy By Bradley A. Smith and Allen Dickerson This week, a unanimous federal appeals court struck a small but telling blow for privacy, free speech and accurate campaign disclosure. In Van Hollen v. Federal Election Commission, the lower court had ruled that organizations making electioneering communications — broadcast communications […]

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In the News: Washington Examiner: D.C. campaign finance reform, or cynical politics?

D.C. campaign finance reform, or cynical politics? By Bradley A. Smith D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, as he rolls out his long-promised campaign finance reform plan this week, exemplifies why so many outside the beltway distrust D.C. politicians. The cynicism in the timing of such a plan is hard to miss, coming shortly after three members […]

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In the News: USA Today: Redirect the outrage on convention spending

Redirect the outrage on convention spending By Bradley A. Smith It is hard not to be outraged by national political convention spending — until one puts it into perspective. For example, the FFA (that’s the organization formerly known as the Future Farmers of America) annual convention, which rotates between Louisville and Indianapolis, is a $30 […]

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In the News: Washington Examiner: Amend the First Amendment? Be careful what you ask for

Amend the First Amendment? Be careful what you ask for By Bradley A. Smith Since Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission was decided in January 2010, several polls have shown the decision is unpopular. A Washington Post-ABC News poll taken a few weeks after the decision found that nearly 80 percent of respondents opposed it. […]

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In the News: National Review: McConnell Stands for Free Speech

McConnell Stands for Free Speech By Bradley A. Smith Perhaps the biggest problem with giving the government power to regulate political speech — “campaign-finance reform” — is that that power has been routinely used to try to silence political opposition. Over the past seven years, many such regulations have been struck down, on First Amendment […]

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In the News: USA Today: Montana gave Supreme Court no choice

Montana gave Supreme Court no choice By Bradley A. Smith The Supreme Court had no choice but to overrule the Montana Supreme Court. Montana argued that it is so corrupt that it can ignore the First Amendment. It would be as if a state argued that its crime rates were so high that it could […]

Filed Under: Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, In the News, Published Articles, Montana

In the News: National Review: Montana’s Citizens United Challenge Fails

Montana’s Citizens United Challenge Fails By Bradley A. Smith Today’s Supreme Court summary reversal of the Montana Supreme Court’s ruling that Citizens United v. FEC somehow didn’t apply to Montana is hardly surprising. A few first reactions: 1. The Court really had no choice. Montana’s case was that it is so uniquely corrupt that surely […]

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