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In the News: Wall Street Journal: Legal Experts React to Supreme Court’s Campaign-Finance Ruling

By Ashby Jones Bradley Smith, former Federal Election Commissioner, law professor at Capital University:   I think that there’s an obvious common sense to the court’s opinion. If 18 individual $2,600 dollar contributions don’t have a corrupting effect, it’s hard to see how the 19th one will.  The dissent tries to get around this by […]

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In the News: National Review: Free Speech at Last: McCutcheon Decision Just Right

By Bradley A. Smith McCutcheon challenged the law on the eminently sensible grounds that if Congress has deemed a contribution of $2,600 per election ($5,200 per cycle) to be a non-corrupting amount, then Candidate 10 was no more corrupted by the contribution than Candidate 9. Simply put, the aggregate limits served no anti-corruption interest. And the Court has […]

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In the News: Time: Former FEC Commissioner: Decision Restores First Amendment

By Bradley A. Smith “There is no right more basic in our democracy than the right to participate in electing our political leaders…and those who govern should be the last people to help decide who should govern.” Thus begins the Chief Justice’s majority opinion in McCutcheon v. FEC. This outcome of this case, decided by […]

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In the News: WSJ: Opinion: Supreme Court: Don’t Tread on Speech

Center for Competitive Politics chairman Bradley Smith on the Supreme Court decision in McCutcheon v. FEC. Watch…

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In the News: Politico: Citizens United, 4 years later

By Byron Tau The ruling has helped reshape the campaign finance landscape by paving the way for megadonors and campaign consultants to wrest power away from the K Street fundraising circuit and the political parties, but just not in the way critics first envisioned. “Citizens United has become the all-purpose boogeyman,” said Bradley Smith, an election law expert, founder of […]

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In the News: More Soft Money Hard Law: Hypotheticals and the Doctrine of Circumvention

By Bob Bauer The McCutcheon case continues to stir up comment about the hypotheticals the Justices used at oral argument to debate the need for an aggregate limit. Zac Morgan at the Center for Competitive Politics takes on one such hypothetical and suggests that it does not illustrate the need for any such limit. He […]

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McCutcheon’s Wild Hypotheticals

Two months ago, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in the case of McCutcheon v. FEC. If the plaintiffs win their appeal, the overall giving cap that Congress has imposed on individuals, parties, and PACs will be dissolved—effectively removing one of the most stringent, and arbitrary, limits on associational freedom. While we wait for the […]

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In the News: Hot Air: The Ed Morrissey Show: Former FEC Commissioner Brad Smith

Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), former FEC Commissioner and co-founder of the Center for Competitive Politics Brad Smith joins us for the first time to discuss the Supreme Court’s upcoming look at McCutcheon v FEC, which may overturn more campaign-finance reform laws than Citizens United. We’ll get the skinny on what the case means, and what […]

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In the News: TownHall: Set Campaign Finance Free

By Kathryn Ciano As dubious standards go, the appearance-of-corruption test is a doozy. Influence, partisanship and negotiating leverage are not only inextricable from politics; they are precisely politics’ beating heart. If anything, the attempt to reduce the idea of corruption to the flow of contributions ignores the much larger problems of undue influence, backroom dealings […]

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In the News: Washington Examiner: Freedom of political speech requires courage from Supreme Court justices in McCutcheon campaign finance case

Washington Examiner: Freedom of political speech requires courage from Supreme Court justices in McCutcheon campaign finance case By David Keating …If members of Congress were to raise millions of dollars for joint fundraising committees, this would help both challengers and parties. However, if the solicitations were found to be corrupting, there are other more narrowly […]

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