Archives for December 2006

Brad Smith on MSNBC 12/29

CCP Chairman Brad Smith is scheduled to appear on MSNBC this Friday, December 29th at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.  Smith will be discussing the FEC’s recent admonishment of NASCAR driver Kirk Shelmerdine, previously blogged here.  

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A New Year’s resolution we could do without

Incoming Speaker Pelosi has resolved to make grassroots lobbying disclosure a part of the flurry of legislation to be passed during the new Congress’ "first 100 hours."  With the 110th Congress taking office in less than a week, we thought this an opportune time to renew our objections to this ill-conceived stab at "reform."

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Racing to Absurdity: What would Dale Earnhardt Do?

The FEC announced today its decisions in a couple of "MURs" (that’s "Matters Under Review" for you normal folk).   The one getting all the attention is MUR 5751 the Leadership Forum, where the Commission made the right decision.  Not getting any attention is MUR 5563, involving stock car racer Kirk Shelmerdine, in which the FEC got it wrong, but at least minimized its blunder by merely "admonishing" the respondent, rather than issuing a fine. 

It seems that perpetual NASCAR also-ran Kirk Shelmerdine used some unbought space on his race car to list the names of two political candidates, bringing the power of the Federal government crashing down on this unsuspecting non-voter.  It’s a humourous tale, though, albeit a bit of black humor – and also a telling story of where we are in mindless campaign finance regulation.  Click the headline for more. 


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Now this is kinda funny!

Light blogging through the New Year doesn’t mean that we can’t share a good laugh.  Fortunately, the humorless "reform" community is always there to play straight man!  Click the headline for more…

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Light blogging through New Years

Here’s wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year.  Regular blogging will resume after January 1st.

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WRTL v. FEC: God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen

In a bit of welcome news for the Free Speech Community, a special three judge district court has ruled in favor of Wisconsin Right to Life ("WRTL") in it’s suit against the Federal Election Commission.  The decision, if upheld after an almost certain appeal, is a most modest one, but significant, perhaps, as illustrating a needed judicial rethinking of campaign finance issues.  Also significant is the response of the regulatory lobby groups, who continue to paint themeselves into a corner with their extreme, no compromise approach.

 Click the headline for a commentary on yesterday’s decision.

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Millionaire’s Amendment MUR Madness

We always knew that the so-called "Millionaire’s Amendment" was a silly law, but if the FEC’s most recent pronouncement on the law’s requirements is correct, we may have underestimated exactly how silly it is.

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The United States District Court for the District of Columbia has issued an opinion in Wisconsin Right to Life v. FEC granting WRTL’s Motion for Summary Judgment by a 2-1 vote, and holding BCRA’s electioneering provisions unconstitutional as applied to WRTL’s 2004 ad.

The opinion is available here.

We’ll post more soon.

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D.C. District Court Protects Grassroots Advocates

PRESS RELEASE:   December 21, 2006

Media Contact:    Bradley A. Smith (614) 236-6317 or (540) 287-8954

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“Power to the Swift Boaters!”

CCP Chairman Brad Smith weighs in on the 527 settlements in today’s Los Angeles Times. 

Says Smith:

"The elitist cognoscenti in Washington, who support anything they think will take money out of politics, are pleased, huffing only that the fines are too small. The FEC admitted to going easy on the groups, given the "uncertainty" in the law. In my view, there is no uncertainty — the groups did not violate the law at all.

"But these groups aren’t being punished for making errors in their filing papers. They’re being punished for criticizing politicians."

Read the whole thing here

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