Campaign Finance Institute Report on 2016 Election Spending Shows that Money Isn’t Everything

In politics, it’s easy for narratives to take hold before the facts have a chance to catch up. Political speech issues are no different. In the heat of a campaign, developments in political spending are often reported as if they are the most important factors in determining electoral outcomes, but does this hold true when […]

Filed Under: Blog, Issues, Money in Politics, 2016 Election Cycle, Brendan Glavin, Campaign Finance Institute, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, Michael J. Malbin, Political Spending

Every American’s Ability to Speak About the President is What Really Makes America Great

No president in the history of the United States has ever had a 100% approval rating, and likely no president ever will. The Trump administration, which is in no danger of hitting the 100% mark, has received its fair share of criticism. While there are many who approve of what President Trump has done during […]

Filed Under: Blog, Issues, Money in Politics, Super PACs, Donald Trump, Tom Steyer

Candidate Oprah? Campaign Finance Laws Would Give Her a Leg Up

Oprah Winfrey’s speech at the Golden Globes this Sunday sparked speculation over whether the billionaire celebrity might run for president in 2020. Some are intrigued by the possibility of a candidate who could stand on equal footing with President Donald Trump in terms of fame and TV-readiness, while others were dismayed over the prospect of […]

Filed Under: Blog, Campaign Finance Regulation, Celebrity, Donald Trump, Earned Media, Oprah

A Teachable Moment for @alt_fec

The Twitter handle @alt_fec, which claims the mantle of “resistance” to the present administration, has tweeted to request our views on the First Amendment implications of a letter from a private attorney to a private publisher concerning Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.* While @alt_fec has seldom displayed much concern for the First […]

Filed Under: Blog, @alt_fec, Donald Trump, FEC, federal election commission, Fire and Fury, First Amendment, Libel, New York Times v. Sullivan, Steve Bannon

In Trump’s America, Common Cause Cares about the First Amendment

Common Cause, a group that actively pushes for broader campaign finance disclosure laws, recently sued President Trump’s Election Integrity Commission in federal court in an attempt to block the Commission’s efforts to obtain voter data from the states. The legal complaint notes that the Commission issued “a sweeping request for [Americans’] voting and other personal […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Common Cause, Donald Trump, Harassment, Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, Privacy, Trump

CCP Asks Supreme Court to Refute “Welcome Restraint” Speech Doctrine in Trump “Travel Ban” Case

The lower court’s ruling was unnecessary and will chill vital campaign speech, argues brief Alexandria, VA – The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) and the Public Policy Legal Institute (PPLI) today filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of neither party in Int’l Refugee Assistance Project, et al. v. Trump, et al., commonly known as the […]

Filed Under: Blog, Newsroom, Press Releases, Donald Trump, International Refugee Assistance Project v. Trump, IRAP v. Trump, Public Policy Legal Institute, Supreme Court, Travel Ban

Free Speech Dilemma Caused by Ruling on President Trump’s “Travel Ban”

CCP and PPLI file amicus brief asking Supreme Court to review Fourth Circuit reasoning Alexandria, VA – May courts impose a “welcome restraint” on campaign speech protected by the First Amendment? The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) and the Public Policy Legal Institute (PPLI) are asking the Supreme Court to review a Fourth Circuit ruling […]

Filed Under: Blog, Newsroom, Press Releases, Donald Trump, International Refugee Assistance Project v. Trump, IRAP v. Trump, New York Times v. Sullivan, Public Policy Legal Institute, Travel Ban

Citizen Sleuth or Citizen Snoop? The Dangers of Disclosure in the Internet Age

At its core, the debate about political disclosure is actually pretty simple. The information provided about donors to the government has the benefit of allowing citizens to keep track of the flow of money to candidates, and through that information, corruption may be exposed. The cost of disclosure is that the personal information (names, home […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure Federal, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Citizen Sleuth, Donald Trump, Harassment, HuffPost, Privacy, Trump Inauguration

Neil Gorsuch, and the Supreme Court’s Role on Money in Politics

Democrats in Congress have signaled their intention to make campaign finance a major theme of the Gorsuch hearings this week. No doubt with that in mind, the anti-speech group Demos has rushed out a document criticizing past U.S. Supreme Court decisions that, they claim, have “benefited a small class of wealthy, white conservative men.” The […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Communications, Issues, Money in Politics, Buckley v. Valeo, campaign finance, Davis v. FEC, Demos, Donald Trump, Gorsuch, McCutcheon, Neil Gorsuch, PACs, Sierra Club, Supreme Court

Gallup Poll Shows Less Than 0.5% of Americans Think Campaign Finance “Reform” is Top Problem Facing the Country

Supporters of greater campaign finance regulation often claim that their issue is of paramount importance to voters. Their evidence is often biased polling. For example, a 2016 Ipsos poll commissioned by Issue One asks respondents to rank the importance of overly broad issue categories like “the economy” and “the military” alongside “reducing the influence of […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Issues, Money in Politics, Donald Trump, Gallup, Issue One, polling

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