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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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 […]

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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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Brad Smith on NPR affiliate in Los Angeles argues that super PACs are good for electoral process

CCP Chair Brad Smith spent a few minutes early today answering questions for 89.3 KPCC, a National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate in Los Angeles, on the topic of super PACs and their benefit to the electoral process. The audio file can be found here.

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Another “Scandal” Demonstrates Why Further Disclosure is Overboard

Any entity that engages in politics is susceptible to criticism.   Today’s Politico has an article about a California race in detailing a candidate ‘s attack on his opponent’s super PAC (Campaign hits corporation donation): PG&E, under scrutiny after a pipeline explosion this fall left eight dead, contributed $10,000 to a super PAC supporting California Democratic […]

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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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Keep Out: How State Campaign Finance Laws Erect Barriers to Entry for Political Entrepreneurs

In this report, the author explains how forms of state legislation stifle the political speech of political entrepreneurs, those individuals and organizations who form and grow new political voices and movements. Specifically, the report examines the effects of two types of state campaign finance regulations that act as barriers to independent citizen groups:  contribution limits and political action committee (PAC) requirements. A lack of appreciation for the role of political entrepreneurs in promoting innovative public policy and electoral competition on the part of those in power has resulted in the erection of barriers for outside groups who wish to speak out. The report concludes that instead of encouraging civic engagement, states are attacking independent political advocacy through unnecessary, speech-limiting regulations.

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Testimony of CCP Research & Government Relations Director Laura Renz to the Maryland Joint Committee On Administrative, Executive, & Legislative Review

Written testimony of CCP Research & Government Relations Director Laura Renz to July 20, 2010 hearing before the Maryland Joint Committee On Administrative, Executive, & Legislative Review on the topic of campaign finance legislation and electronic media.

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Testimony of Center for Competitive Politics to the Committee on House Administration

Written testimony of Center for Competitive Politics at a May 11, 2010 hearing of the Committee on House Administration on the topic of DISCLOSE and campaign finance reform.

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Testimony of CCP Research & Government Relations Director Laura Renz to the Alaska House Judiciary Committee

Written testimony of CCP Research & Government Relations Director Laura Renz to an April 9, 2010 hearing before the Alaska House Judiciary Committee on the topic of campaign finance legislation.

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