Super PACs

Campaign Finance Regulations Increase the Influence of Super PACs

Bloomberg BNA recently covered a report highlighting a developing trend in campaign finance this election cycle. The report, by the Campaign Finance Institute (CFI), shows a clear decrease in political fundraising for presidential candidates and parties in 2016, coupled with an increase in super PAC spending, compared with 2012. Total fundraising in support of Hillary […]

Filed Under: Blog, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits Federal, Contribution Limits Press Release/In the News/Blog, Issues, Money in Politics, Super PACs, 2016 Presidential Fundraising, Campaign Finance Institute, DNC, Political Parties, RNC

Donor Privacy Frees Groups to Criticize Government

MapLight, an organization that advocates for tax-financed campaigns and stricter disclosure laws, published an analysis of presidential primary ads last week that inadvertently bolsters the case for donor privacy. Amusingly, the folks at MapLight appear to be unaware of this irony. MapLight reported that in the 2016 presidential primaries – in 23 media markets spanning […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Money in Politics, Super PACs, 2016 Presidential Primary, attack ads, Dark Money, Donald Trump, MapLight, Marco Rubio, Florida

And More Doublespeak in Reformland: On Reversing SpeechNow.org

Our inimitable Luke Wachob notes that “reformers,” after complaining for years about the FEC’s bipartisan makeup, have now decided to complain about its “partisan” makeup. Apparently, the “reformers” have decided that complaining about bipartisanship just doesn’t resonate with voters. So, in a bit of doublespeak, why not change “bipartisan” to “partisan?” After all, a rose […]

Filed Under: Blog, Super PACs, David keating, Disclosure, John Howe, SpeechNow, SpeechNow.org

ICYMI: The man who helped create super PACs says they’re here to stay

Washington Post: The man who helped create super PACs says they’re here to stay July 8th, 2016 By Matea Gold https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/07/08/the-man-who-helped-create-super-pacs-says-theyre-here-to-stay/ Conservative activist David Keating, who launched the case that created super PACs, is not concerned a new legal effort will succeed in shutting down the big-money groups. “I think they’re here to stay, because […]

Filed Under: Blog, Press Releases, Quotes CCP, Super PACs, David keating, Matea Gold, SpeechNow.org v. FEC, Washington Post

Statement of Chairman Bradley A. Smith and President David Keating on FEC Commissioner Weintraub’s “Corporate Political Spending and Foreign Influence” Forum

PDF of the statement available here Today, Commissioner Ellen Weintraub has taken the unprecedented step of using her office to organize what is in essence a private forum, to be held at the Federal Election Commission (FEC). Titled “Corporate Political Spending and Foreign Influence,” the release announcing the event states that it “brings together some […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Federal, Federal Comments and Testimony, Money in Politics, Super PACs, Bank Secrecy Act, corporations, ellen weintraub, federal election commission, foreign nationals, Labor Unions

Where’s the corruption in speaking to voters?

This week, Senate Democrats unveiled their plan to get favorable media coverage this election season: grandstand on a package of nonstarter proposals to radically expand laws regulating political speech. (I guess because it worked so well in 2014?) If the proposals are sincere, they are also woefully misguided. The rollout of the talking points gave […]

Filed Under: Blog, Money in Politics, Super PACs, "We The People" Act, corruption, Merrick Garland, Senator Al Franken, Senator Jerry Moran

Too Much Disclosure Misinforms Voters

A trio of news stories from the past few weeks illustrates how too much disclosure information can mislead the voters it is supposed to inform and dirty up a political process it is intended to clean. First came the story that George Soros was funding a super PAC backing John Kasich. One of the most […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Money in Politics, Super PACs, Bernie Sanders, Chris Van Hollen, David Brock, Donna Edwards, George Soros, John Kasich, New Day for America

Citizens United is Too Often Distorted in the Press

Newsweek recently published, “How Dark Money Boomeranged on the GOP,” by Kurt Eichenwald. The article, about Citizens United v. FEC’s purported effect on the Republican Party blatantly distorts nearly every aspect of the free-speech case. Mr. Eichenwald’s second paragraph begins: “[T]he infamous Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission [decision], which declared that associations of people […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Media Watch, Super PACs, Kurt Eichenwald, Newsweek

Super PACs Aren’t So Super Compared to the Media

Putting a dollar value on “free” or “earned” media can help put in perspective the supposedly tsunami-like sums of money spent by candidates and independent super PACs on the campaign trail. The New York Times recently did just that, and found that the value of media coverage exceeds candidate and super PAC spending on paid […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Money in Politics, Super PACs, A. Barton Hinkle, Donald Trump, Les Moonves, The Media

Seven Myths about Disclosure Masquerading as “Realities”

This Issue Brief by Institute for Free Speech Senior Fellow Eric Wang[1] analyzes seven alleged “myths” about campaign finance disclosure as discussed by the pro-regulation Campaign Legal Center. The Campaign Legal Center (CLC) recently issued a briefing paper worthy of Lewis Carroll.[2] Purporting to explain “Seven Myths (and Realities) about Disclosure,”[3] the CLC paper instead […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Corporate Governance, Corporate Governance Handouts, Disclosure, Disclosure Handouts, Jurisprudence & Litigation, Research, Super PACs, Super PACs, Campaign Legal Center, Electioneering Communications, federal election commission, NAACP v. Alabama, Securities and Exchange Commission, Disclosure, Jurisprudence & Litigation, Disclosure, Jurisprudence & Litigation, Super PACs

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