Solutions that Don’t Solve the Problem

Problem: Some elected officials are directing tax dollars to businesses that pay them under the table. Solution: Give these elected officials more tax dollars to fund their campaigns. At least that’s what The New York Times would have you believe in the wake of the conviction of former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver […]

Filed Under: Blog, Tax Financed Campaigns Press Release/In the News/Blog, New York Times, Sheldon Silver

New York Times Predicts Quick End to Supreme Court (and Once Again Misstates Campaign Finance Law)

The New York Times, in the style that pretty much typifies all of the Times’ editorials on campaign finance, today (mis)informs us that the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission was “fatally misguided.” Fatally? Well, the case is over 5 years old, and no member of the majority has died yet, nor has […]

Filed Under: Blog, campaign finance reform, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Dark Money, New York Times

The "Reform Community" discovers it has gone bald: The FEC, disclosure timelines, and Little Jerry Seinfeld

Bob Biersack took to the pages of The New York Times this week to bemoan what he termed a failure of the Federal Election Commission to fulfill “its basic obligation to save what’s left of our campaign finance laws” through timely publication of campaign finance reports required to be filed with the Commission. By timely, […]

Filed Under: Blog, Uncategorized, biersack, Center for Responsive Politics, Disclosure, FEC, New York Times

Ad hominem attacks from “Sunlight”

The New York Times recently published an opinion piece by David Primo, one of CCP’s academic advisers. Prof. Primo’s article, while given the provocative title “Against Disclosure,” is far more modest in tone and substance than that heading implies. Prof. Primo points to an empirical study that he conducted, the findings of which were published […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, campaign finance, Disclosure, New York Times

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 […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Media Watch, Super PACs, campaign contributions, campaign finance, campaign finance reform, clean elections, Contribution limits, corporate contributions, DISCLOSE, Disclosure, First Amendment, free speech, koch brothers, media watch, New York, New York Times, non-profits, Obama, District Of Columbia, New York

Media Watch: Hey, NY Times, A Corporation is a Corporation No Matter its Function

Just a fun — and yet the implications are serious, make no mistake about that, because it goes to the heart of free speech and who’s deemed worthy to have it by some of our intellectual betters in the media — a little post to leave with you all as we head into the holiday […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, New York Times, Samuel Alito

Media Watch: The New York Times Selective Quoting

Make no mistake: there is renewed vigor to assault the First Amendment and attribute negative circumstances to an over-indulgence and respect for free speech. (Remember this piece from Slate just after Benghazi broke? Never let a crisis go to waste as they say…) The New York Times — and I hope I’m wrong — has […]

Filed Under: Blog, Media Watch, Super PACs, Brad Smith, direct contributions, New York Times, super PACs, District Of Columbia, New York

Media Watch: Manufacturing Controversy

Last week, the New York Times ran a front page, in-depth article about the fossil fuel industry’s advertising push leading up to the election.   The article, “Fossil Fuel Industry Ads Dominate TV Campaign,” looks at how an industry disenchanted by President Obama’s policies became more involved in politics. The  New York Times has a history of wading into the campaign finance […]

Filed Under: Blog, Mitt Romney, New York Times, Oxbow, District Of Columbia, New York

Media Watch: New York Times levels serious — and incorrect — charges

Eric Lipton and Clifford Krauss of the New York Times wrote an article about fossil fuel advertisements in the run up to the election.  Titled “Fossil Fuel Industry Ads Dominate TV Campaign,” the article claims: The surge in energy-related political spending partly reflects the rise in overall election spending after the Supreme Court lifted limits […]

Filed Under: Blog, Media Watch, koch brothers, New York Times, oil and coal industry, Romney, District Of Columbia, New York

Another post in the never ending saga of why media reporting on campaign finance reform so often misinforms the public

We have noted here on many occasions in the past how bad media reporting helps explain public misunderstandings of campaign finance law. A pair of pieces in the Saturday New York times, one news and one opinion, provide more examples of how this works. The first is a front page news story that promises to be […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Super PACs, Bernie Sanders, Charles Blow, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, contributions, Disclosure, expenditures, Kochs, media watch, New York Times, Sheldon Adelson, super PACs, District Of Columbia, New York

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