National Journal: How Super PACs Will Strengthen Democracy in 2016 (In the News)

By Josh Kraushaar It’s easy to get awed by large sums of money these days. Ted Cruz securing $31 million in a week from a new network of supportive super PACs. One wealthy former Philadelphia Eagles owner pledging to spend $10 million to a super PAC to boost Marco Rubio’s campaign. Jeb Bush wowing donors with comments […]

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Washington Post: Super PACs’ spending isn’t always welcomed by candidates they support (In the News)

By Karen Tumulty “It’s one of the major problems with the current campaign finance system. A candidate is no longer the loudest speaker in his or her own campaign,” Link said. “I don’t think it’s good for candidates. I don’t think it’s good for voters.” He argued that it would be healthier just to allow […]

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The Augusta Chronicle: Purely partisan ‘reform’ (In the News)

Editorial The other senators listed in the Center for Competitive Politics’ complaint: Carl Levin, D-Mich.; Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; Michael Bennet, D-Colo.; Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I.; Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H.; Al Franken, D-Minn.; and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore. “Richard Nixon faced impeachment charges for attempting to use the IRS for political purposes,” said David Keating, president of the Center for Competitive Politics. […]

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Washington Post: State campaign finance laws are on borrowed time (In the News)

By George Will The court has repeatedly held that prevention of quid pro quo corruption (contributions purchasing specific favors) or the appearance of it is the only permissible reason for contribution limits. And the court has repeatedly stressed that “leveling the playing field” — equalizing candidates’ quantities of permissible political speech — is an impermissible […]

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Boston Globe: How political insiders control the ballot (In the News)

By Jeff Jacoby There are plenty of reasons why voters in Michigan’s 13th congressional district might want to usher Conyers into retirement. The man is 85, he has been in Congress for half a century, and in recent years he has compiled an embarrassing record of ethical lapses and controversies. He is often visibly befuddled. […]

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In the News: Real Clear Politics: Christie: Campaign Finance System Is “Ridiculous”

By Scott Conroy SOMERSET, N.J. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday called for the abolishment of current federal and statewide campaign finance rules, and instead supported allowing unlimited donations to individual candidates with a public notification required within 48 hours. “If somebody, you know, wants to write me a $100,000 check for my […]

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In the News: Washington Post: In politics, money is speech

By Robert J. Samuelson On its present course, the Supreme Court will ultimately overrule its 1976 decision in Buckley v. Valeo, the landmark case upholding campaign finance “reform” legislation. It can’t come too soon, because Buckley expressly ignored the First Amendment’s injunction that “Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech.” Instead […]

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In the News: Politico: Hard truths of campaign finance

CCP Commissioners Don McGahn, Caroline Hunter, and Matthew Petersen wrote an op-ed for Politico discussing the realities of the FEC’s capabilities: The cries for changing the Federal Election Commission from some editorial boards and campaign finance lobbyists overlook the obvious dangers of an unchecked federal agency regulating the political involvement of citizens. When Congress created […]

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