Scott Blackburn

CBC Radio: In Defence of SuperPACs (In the News)

Third-party political advertising made the news this week, with the emergence of HarperPAC, an independent pro-Conservative campaign group. A similar organization called Engage Canada unveiled its ads this week, criticizing the economic record of Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party.These groups can be compared to American “SuperPACs”, Political Action Committees that aren’t attached to a […]

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Wall Street Journal: Get the IRS Out of the Speech-Police Business (In the News)

Scott Blackburn Some agency defenders have claimed that nothing was amiss in the IRS harassing hundreds of conservative and tea party groups. Since the agency also went after a few liberal groups, what’s the problem? The problem is that Americans deserve better than equal harassment under the law. The job of the IRS should be […]

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Hartford Courant: Don’t Limit Election Free Speech (In the News)

By Scott Blackburn Putting aside the clear legal problems, taxing something necessarily means you will get less of it, and what do campaign donations “buy”? Political speech! Does Connecticut really want less of that? Less discussion of candidates for office, and less information for voters? As Americans, we should not try to limit, in any […]

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The Neverending Campaign (In the News)

Editorial You hear it all the time: Are presidential campaigns getting longer, or do they just seem longer? A new report from the Center for Competitive Politics laid a measuring tape on campaigns from 1952 onward, and yes, they are longer.   Changes in media intensity and other issues have contributed, but the authors point […]

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American Spectator: Making Sense of the IRS Scandal (In the News)

By Luke Wachob Lois Lerner may be gone, but the IRS is still threating to infringe upon First Amendment rights. In the same vein, a new TIGTA report issued on April 30 praised the IRS for reducing its backload of applications and making some changes to its screening process, such as standardizing the questions asked of groups, but noted that […]

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Real Clear Politics: First Amendment Rights at Stake in Wis. Political Speech Case (In the News)

By David Keating It is 3 a.m. when the pounding begins. You awake in daze, your dog is barking, your children are frightened and you can hear voices yelling at the front door. You look outside to see armed police officers, poised with a battering ram, ready to break into your home. You run, half-dressed, to the […]

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The Register Guard: Campaign spending limits actually help incumbents (In the News)

By Scott Blackburn Ask yourself: Would politicians be more likely to support laws that make it easier for challengers to campaign against them, or laws that make it harder? Do politicians want more opportunities for their opponents to criticize them, or fewer? Are politicians more likely to support bills that force them to do their jobs, or bills that […]

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Salt Lake Tribune: Letter: Campaign limits do not reduce corruption (In the News)

By Scott Blackburn There is no correlation between contribution limits and less corruption, good government, or trust in government across the 50 states. There are six states with no contribution limits at all (your article mistakenly cited only four, but there are six — Alabama, Missouri, Nebraska, Oregon, Utah and Virginia). Those states compose four […]

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Flash Report: Campaign Finance Law Gives Your Address to the North Koreans (In the News)

By Scott Blackburn Sadly, if the North Koreans wanted to obtain the personal information of Sony workers in order to threaten them, they had no need to hack the company. As a consequence of bad campaign finance regulations, much of that data is readily available online. That’s right. If you have given just $200 to any federal […]

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NY Post: A rush to take Shelly‘s ‘reform’ advice (In the News)

By Scott Blackburn Failed gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout claims unironically that, “We should take this moment to pursue fundamental reform . . . We need to provide enough public funding for campaigns so that anyone with a broad base of support can run for office, and respond effectively to attacks, without becoming dependent on private patrons.” By this logic, the only solution […]

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