'Super PACs' and the Role of 'Coordination' in Campaign Finance Law

In the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United v. FEC, the Court struck down a federal ban on independent expenditures in political campaigns by corporations. The Court held that independent spending could not create the type of “corruption” that the Court has recognized as a compelling government interest sufficient to overcome the intrusion of […]

Filed Under: Coordination, External Relations Sub-Pages, First Amendment, Independent Speech, Issues, Jurisprudence & Litigation, Research, Super PACs, Super PACs, Bradley A. Smith, Buckley v. Valeo, Center for Competitive Politics, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, coordination, corruption, money in politics, SpeechNow.org, super PACs, Supreme Court, Willamette Law Review, Coordination, First Amendment, Independent Speech, Jurisprudence & Litigation, Coordination, First Amendment, Independent Speech, Jurisprudence & Litigation

UPDATED: Issue Analysis No. 5: Do Lower Contribution Limits Decrease Public Corruption?

Note: This report is an updated version of an Issue Analysis originally published by the Center for Competitive Politics in January 2009. This version has been edited to reflect contribution limits from the 2011-2012 election cycle and corruption data, from 2001-2010. Advocates of campaign finance regulation often claim that contributions to political candidates must be limited […]

Filed Under: Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits Handouts, Contribution Limits State, Contributions & Limits, Faulty Assumptions, Research, State, Campaign Contribution Limits, Center for Competitive Politics, corruption, Issue Analysis 5, Luke Wachob, Matt Nese, money in politics, the 50 states, U.S. Census Bureau, Contribution Limits, Faulty Assumptions, Contributions & Limits, Faulty Assumptions, Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District Of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Disclosure in a Post-Citizens United Real World

In this article, CCP Chairman Bradley A. Smith examines several practical and constitutional issues with campaign finance disclosure. In particular, Smith scrutinizes those policies being advocated by proponents of greater regulation of political speech in response to the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. A primary political reaction to Citizens United […]

Filed Under: Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure, External Relations Sub-Pages, Independent Speech, Jurisprudence & Litigation, Research, Stand By Your Ad, Bradley A. Smith, Buckley v. Valeo, campaign finance disclosure, campaign finance reform, Capital University Law School, Center for Competitive Politics, Citizens United v. FEC, Dark Money, FECA, First Amendment, independent speech, money in politics, NAACP v. Alabama, West Virginia University, Disclosure, Independent Speech, Jurisprudence & Litigation, Disclosure, Independent Speech, Jurisprudence & Litigation, Stand By Your Ad

Donor Disclosure: Undermining the First Amendment

In this essay, Cleta Mitchell, partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Foley & Lardner LLP and a member of the firm’s Political Law Practice, examines campaign finance disclosure both as a policy and as a response to the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United v. FEC, which freed corporations, labor unions, and trade […]

Filed Under: Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure State, External Relations Sub-Pages, First Amendment, Independent Speech, Jurisprudence & Litigation, Research, campaign finance disclosure, campaign finance reform, Center for Competitive Politics, Citizens United v. FEC, Cleta Mitchell, Donor Disclosure, Foly & Lardner, money in politics, Disclosure, First Amendment, Independent Speech, Jurisprudence & Litigation, Disclosure, First Amendment, Independent Speech, Jurisprudence & Litigation, Minnesota

Learn Liberty Presents: “Money in Politics”

IHS’  Learn Liberty video series released a video featuring Brad Smith yesterday entitled “Money in Politics.” Should we worry when money and politics mix? Common wisdom suggests that large campaign contributions can corrupt politicians and disenfranchise regular voters. However, Prof. Brad Smith argues that the real result of campaign finance regulation has been to turn […]

Filed Under: Blog, Money in Politics, Brad Smith, campaign finance, campaign finance reform, Center for Competitive Politics, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Contribution, corporate contributions, First Amendment, free speech, money in politics

CCP President David Keating in NYC for Commit Forum, Oct 2-3

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — CCP President David Keating will be a featured speaker at tonight and tomorrow night’s Commit Forum in New York City, a two-day workshop that calls on business and organizational leaders to make a commitment to “change the world.” The event is sponsored by businesses such as DeLoitte and AT&T, and features a spotlight on […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Press Releases, External Relations Sub-Pages, Featured Content, Press Releases, Center for Competitive Politics, Commit Forum, David keating, District Of Columbia, New York

Media Watch: Six Degrees of Campaign Finance Connections

Laurie Bennett, co-creator of the influence-tracking website Muckety, has written a piece featuring a handy chart showing some of CCP’s connections to various individuals and foundations. Although she disagrees with our position on further limiting disclosure, we thank Ms. Bennett for demonstrating that current disclosure practices leave little to the imagination in terms of connections […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Center for Competitive Politics, chart, Muckety, District Of Columbia

Disclosures about Disclosure

In this article, Lloyd Hitoshi Mayer takes an interesting look at the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. FEC. He notes that while the Court lifted a longstanding ban on corporations and unions, who wish to engage in election related spending, the Court left questions pertaining to disclosure and disclaimer provisions related to independent expenditures unanswered. Mayer attempts to discover whether or not existing disclosure and disclaimer rules result in better informed voters and addresses the extent to which existing current requirements result in potential retaliation from political opponents. As the virtues of disclosure and disclaimers are too often unquestioned, he suggests that further research should be done in order to determine whether or not current policies are accomplishing their stated objectives. Given the recent reaffirmation of fundamental speech rights in Citizens United, Mayer advocates that disclosure and disclaimer rules should be designed to encourage greater political participation and assist voters in making better ballot-box initiatives.

Filed Under: Research, campaign finance, campaign finance reform, Center for Competitive Politics, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission

District Court’s Order on SpeechNow.org’s Request for a Preliminary Injunction

District Court’s Order on SpeechNow.org’s Request for a Preliminary Injunction.

Filed Under: Legal, Legal Center, Center for Competitive Politics, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, non-profits, SpeechNow, super PACs, Completed Cases (Litigation), Completed Cases (Opinions), Litigation, Opinions

Case Study No. 1: Philadelphia’s (Predictable) Unintended Consequences: The Failure of Contribution Limits in the 2007 Mayor’s Race

CCP study on the effect of contribution limits on Philadelphia’s 2007 mayoral race.

Filed Under: Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits State, Contributions & Limits, External Relations Sub-Pages, Research, campaign contributions, Center for Competitive Politics, Contribution limits, Michael Nutter, Mike Schrimpf, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Daily News, Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Mayor, Tom Knox, Contribution Limits, Contributions & Limits, Pennsylvania

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