Calling Campaign Legal Center: Incorruptible Oregon refuses to get with the program

A couple weeks ago, the Campaign Legal Center’s lobbyist, Meredith McGehee, took the pages of The Hill to excoriate Virginia for not passing more campaign finance restrictions. Because Virginia has “few restrictions on money in campaigns,” the ethics and bribery trial of former Governor Bob McDonnell, she assured her readers, was pretty much a foregone conclusion. […]

Filed Under: Blog, Contribution Limits, Campaign Legal Center, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, City University Hong Kong, Contribution limits, corruption, Indiana University, Meredith McGehee, Oregon, Blog (Contribution Limits), Oregon, Utah

Issue Analysis No. 9: Aggregate and Proportional Limits in the States: Have they Reduced Corruption or Promoted Better Government?

The Center’s ninth Issue Analysis examines the potential impact of the Supreme Court’s McCutcheon decision on the states with existing aggregate limit provisions, particularly as it relates to the effect of those provisions on both public corruption rates and how well a state is governed. For background, on April 2, 2014, the Supreme Court issued […]

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The Curious Case of Contribution Limits in an Era of Independent Expenditures

Minnesota was one of eight states to raise contribution limits in 2013, but according to some, the Gopher State hasn’t gone far enough to resolve concerns surrounding its campaign finance system. The AP reports: Minnesota campaign finance regulators are wrestling with how to maintain proper separation between candidates and political groups independently spending money on […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, campaign contributions, campaign finance, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Contribution limits, coordination, First Amendment, independent speech, independent spending, Luke Wachob, Minnesota, Minnesota Campaign Finance Board, money in politics, super PACs, Minnesota

Three lessons from the McCutcheon argument.

Oral argument has a tendency to clarify things. It’s often the only opportunity the litigants and judges have to publicly discuss a case and point out which parts they find particularly important. This is especially true of cases like McCutcheon which, despite overarching themes of free speech and democracy, are grounded in our nation’s complex […]

Filed Under: Blog, Litigation Blog/Press Releases, McCutcheon v. FEC Other Links, campaign finance, Contribution limits, McCutcheon v FEC, Supreme Court

Free Speech, Fair Elections, and Campaign Finance Laws: Can They Co-Exist?

A prominent politician once observed that, “You can either have free speech or fair elections, but you can’t have both.” In this article, CCP Academic Advisor and Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School Joel M. Gora argues that saying has it all backwards. In fact, you cannot have one without the other. The election of 2012 […]

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In the News: Tampa Bay Tribune: Gov. Scott kills higher campaign contribution limits

From the Tampa Bay Tribune: The push to raise limits is being made primarily in the House, which passed a bill (HB 569) that would raise the campaign contribution limit from $500 to $5,000 for statewide candidates and from $500 to $3,000 for legislative candidates.   A Senate bill (SB 1382) would raise the contribution […]

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In the News: Baltimore City Paper: LLC loophole closed in campaign finance bill

By EDWARD ERICSON JR. …a part of the bill that would have indexed the max­i­mum allow­able dona­tion to inflation—so it could increase automatically—was amended out of the bill.   Read more…

Filed Under: Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits Press Release/In the News/Blog, Contribution Limits State, External Relations Sub-Pages, In the News, State, State In the News, Contribution limits, Maryland, Maryland

In the News: AP: Arizona Legislature backs campaign finance changes

By Cristina Silva The Arizona Senate passed in a 17-13 vote Tuesday a bill seeking to increase the amount of money individuals and political committees may give to a privately funded candidate. The House approved the legislation in a 32-23 vote in February.   Read more…

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Do State Campaign Finance Reforms Reduce Public Corruption?

CCP Academic Advisor and Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri, Jeff Milyo, and Adriana Cordis, Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of South Carolina Upstate, released a working paper in conjunction with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, which systematically examined the effects of campaign finance laws on actual corruption rates […]

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Comments on Nebraska’s Legislative Bill 79

CCP Director of External Relations, Matt Nese, submitted comments to members of Nebraska’sGovernment, Military, and Veterans Affairs Committee on Legislative Bill 79, which repeals the now unconstitutional Campaign Finance Limitation Act, but troublesomely lowers reporting thresholds for campaign contributions and expenditures from the existing threshold of $250 to $100. The Committee is expected to vote on the bill in the next week. CCP recommends that the Committee amend the legislation […]

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