Amicus Brief: Danielczyk v. United States Supreme Court Amicus

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Media Watch: Good News for Campaign Finance

The NY Time’s David Firestone published a post on the Time’s Editorial Page Editor’s blog last week decrying the post-election spending results.  Titled “Bad News for Campaign Finance,” the post was in many ways a sign of how the First Amendment protections have been prevailing over ridiculous political speech restrictions and citizens have been more involved than […]

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James v. FEC Complaint

The Center for Competitive Politics legal team, led by Legal Director Allen Dickerson, filed a complaint in the US District Court for the District of Columbia challenging the biennial aggregate limits on contributions to federal candidates as a violation of the First Amendment. The case stems from the efforts of Virginia James, a private citizen, who seeks to give contributions […]

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Illinois Suit Promises Renewed Interest in Contribution Limits

A situation is developing in Illinois that CCP has been watching closely since we first caught wind of the potential suit in Illinois, finally filed Tuesday of this week. From the Daily Chronicle: A “pro-liberty” political action committee is challenging the state’s campaign-contribution limits, which it claims give an unfair advantage to legislative leaders who are […]

Filed Under: Blog, Featured Content, Contribution limits, Illinois, Illinois Policy Institute, District Of Columbia, Illinois

Daily Media Links 7/26: Groups ask FEC to blur lines between candidates, super PACs and nonprofits, Bundlers Give to Both Parties, and more…

Independent groups Politico: Dawn of the Mommy and Daddy PACs  By KENNETH P. VOGEL Talk about helicopter parents: Candidates’ rich mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters increasingly are pouring cash into super PACs that support their loved ones’ campaigns — a phenomenon that critics say tests the bounds of both contribution limits and rules barring coordination between […]

Filed Under: Daily Media Links, campaign ads, campaign finance, campaign finance reform, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Contribution limits, coordination, corporate contributions, DISCLOSE

Media check: what is “huge” in campaign spending?

Today we address a small but typical example of the kind of bias we routinely see creep into reporting on campaign finance. Today’s example comes from the small but influential trade publication, BNA’s Money and Politics Report (subscription required). In Illinois, Governor Pat Quinn has signed a law which lifts all contribution limits in races […]

Filed Under: Blog, Featured Content, Super PACs, Alexander Giannoulias, BNA, Contribution limits, Illinois, Jesse White, Lisa Madigan, Mark Kirk, Michael Bologna, Pat Quinn, Rod Blagojevich, super PACs

Daily Media Links 6/22: Are corporate campaign contributions good or bad for shareholders, Stirring the constitutional pot, and more…

CCP Are corporate campaign contributions good or bad for shareholders? By Jason Farrell The argument that corporate spending on political campaigns is making companies rich has been screamed ad infinitum by the media and pro-regulation groups like Common Cause. Read more… Independent groups Washington Post: Stirring the constitutional pot  By Ruth Marcus In the age of […]

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Money, Politics and Democracy at Stake and How Government Stifles Grassroots Political Advocacy

The American Constitution Society held a conference Friday on money in politics.  The panel, “Citizens United Two Years Later: Money, Politics and Democracy at Stake,” featured CCP Chairman Brad Smith, and discussed Citizens United, disclosure, and public financing. Jonathan Adler from the Volokh Conspiracy attended and reported on the panel: Professor Bradley Smith of Capital University, former chair of the […]

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The Changing Rhetoric of Campaign Finance — Illinois Democrats Offer Innovative Campaign Freedom Measure

Illinois Democrats have an interesting proposal to “level the playing field” with independent expenditure committees.  A Federal Court recently applied the SpeechNow.org logic to allow independent expenditure committees to speak out in Illinois statewide and legislative campaigns.  This has caused a reaction in the Illinois General Assembly. From the Chicago Tribune: House Majority Leader Barbara […]

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Win in Farris v. Seabrook

Our friends at the Institute for Justice scored a major victory today, winning legal recognition that limiting contributions to recall efforts is unconstitutional. CCP authored an amicus brief in the case, arguing that the state of Washington’s attempt to paint recall efforts as potentially corrupting was misguided. The Ninth Circuit agreed, affirming a lower court […]

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