Money in Politics

Broomfield, Colorado’s Ballot Question Reminds Us There is Room for Individuals and Groups in Elections

On Election Day last Tuesday, voters in Broomfield, Colorado decisively approved Question 301; a ballot initiative that grants the city greater authority to regulate the oil and gas industry operating within its borders. Question 301 is part of a much larger, ongoing debate over the regulation of drilling for fossil fuels in Broomfield and elsewhere […]

Filed Under: Blog, Issues, Money in Politics, Broomfield, fracking, Issue Advocacy, Question 301, Colorado

Checking in on Seattle’s “Democracy Vouchers” Experiment

This week featured the first general election in which Seattle residents and candidates were able to use the city’s new taxpayer-financing system for political campaigns. The so-called “democracy vouchers” program levied a new property tax in order to provide every voter in the city with four $25 vouchers that they could in turn give to […]

Filed Under: Blog, Money in Politics, Tax Financed Campaigns Press Release/In the News/Blog, Tax Financed Campaigns State, Tax-Financing, Democracy Vouchers, Seattle, Washington

Does Money Buy Elections? According to Alabama, Evidently Not.

Proponents of greater speech regulation often argue that candidates and groups who spend more money on elections have an unfair advantage, and, therefore, that we need more limits on political spending. But can money really buy an election? Check out the Institute for Free Speech’s newest infographic on the 2017 Alabama special primary and runoff […]

Filed Under: Blog, Featured Content, Issues, Money in Politics, Alabama Special Election, Luther Strange, Political Spending, Roy Moore, Alabama

Reduction in Political Speech Under Connecticut’s Tax-Financing Program is Nothing to Cheer

Connecticut legislators recently hit a bump in the road in their effort to defund a state program that provides taxpayer funding to political campaigns. Organizations like the National Institute on Money in State Politics (NIMSP) hailed this development in a post touting the reduction of “special interest” influence in elections after the program was implemented […]

Filed Under: Blog, Issues, Money in Politics, Tax Financed Campaigns Press Release/In the News/Blog, Tax-Financing, Citizens' Election Program, National Institute on Money in State Politics, special interests, Connecticut

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, […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits Press Release/In the News/Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Issues, Money in Politics, Super PACs, Tax Financed Campaigns Press Release/In the News/Blog, Tax-Financing, Brookings Institution, Buckley v. Valeo, Common Cause, CREW, David Price, Democracy 21, Democracy Vouchers, federal election commission, Fred Wertheimer, Karen Hobert Flynn, McDonnell v. U.S., Norm Eisen, Richard Painter, Seattle, Tom Udall, Udall Amendment

Democracy = National Security ≠ Need for More Regulation of Political Speech

Last Wednesday, Issue One, a group that advocates for more government regulation of political speech, held an event at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. It was a fitting location for a succinctly titled panel discussion, “Democracy = National Security.” Throughout the hour-long event, a number of former members of Congress and appointed public […]

Filed Under: Blog, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits Federal, Contribution Limits Press Release/In the News/Blog, Issues, Money in Politics, FEC, federal election commission, Issue One, National Security

Former FEC Chair Bob Lenhard Discusses Campaign Finance Law, Foreign Intervention in U.S. Elections

Last Thursday, the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University hosted a discussion with Robert Lenhard, a former FEC commissioner and a partner at the law firm Covington & Burling LLP, where he focuses on election and political law. A Democrat, Lenhard was appointed to the FEC by President George W. Bush in 2006. […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Issues, Money in Politics, Super PACs, Enforcement, FARA, FEC, FECA, Federal Election Campaign Act, federal election commission, Foreign Agents Registration Act, foreign nationals, Robert Lenhard

Campaign Finance Regulations Don’t Exist to Make Politicians’ Lives Easier

Issue One’s series of interviews with former lawmakers continued last week with a discussion featuring Charlie Bass, a Republican Congressman from New Hampshire from 1995 to 2007 and 2011 to 2013. Bass is a member of Issue One’s “ReFormers Caucus” of former government officials and representatives who support Issue One’s agenda of political speech regulation. […]

Filed Under: Blog, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits Federal, Contribution Limits Press Release/In the News/Blog, Issues, Money in Politics, Charlie Bass, Fundraising, Issue One

What’s the Value of “Outside Speech” Anyway?

Far outside the boundaries of the continental United States, Alaska’s stringent campaign finance regulations go a step further in distinguishing The Last Frontier from its counterparts. One such regulation that is particularly contentious is an aggregate limit on contributions from non-residents to Alaska candidates, groups, and political parties. Say there is an individual, Betty, who […]

Filed Under: Blog, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits Press Release/In the News/Blog, Contribution Limits State, Issues, McCutcheon v. FEC, Money in Politics, State, State Press Releases and Blogs, aggregate limits, Bluman v. FEC, First-Come First-Served Limits, Out-of-State Donors, Thompson v. Hebdon, Alaska

Issue One Interview Unwittingly Undermines Narrative of Campaign Finance Corruption

Last week, Issue One – a group that advocates for greater regulation of political speech – published an interview with former Congressman Mike Castle. Castle was a Republican representative from Delaware from 1993 to 2011, and governor of the state from 1985 to 1992. He’s also a member of Issue One’s “ReFormers Caucus,” a group […]

Filed Under: Blog, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits Federal, Contribution Limits Press Release/In the News/Blog, Issues, Money in Politics, Super PACs, corruption, Fundraising, Issue One, Mike Castle

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