Freedom is winning the battle over money in politics: Should anyone celebrate?

Writing at The Washington Post’s Plum Line blog, Paul Waldman asks, (in the headline writer’s fair summary) “Republicans have won the battle over money in politics. Should anyone celebrate?” Barnaby Zall has already pointed to a number of gross errors in Waldman’s column, but I want to address Waldman’s column on its own terms. And […]

Filed Under: Blog, Barnaby Zall, campaign finance reform, federal election commission, irs scandal, Paul Waldman

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 need to remember, and the passing of Curtis Gans

Curtis Gans passed away on Sunday, March 15, of cancer. Gans served for many years as Director of the Center for the Study of the American Electorate at American University. His cause through the last 30 years of his life was trying to address the decline in civic participation in America, in particular as it […]

Filed Under: Blog, Uncategorized, arnold hiatt, campaign finance reform, curtis gans, eugene mccarthy, howard stein, LBJ, richard nixon, stewart mott

Fred Wertheimer Opposes Disclosure of Campaign Contributions

Surprised to find the denizen of the campaign finance regulatory community coming out against disclosure of all campaign contributions? So were we. But what else can one make of Wertheimer’s column this week in The Puffington Host, in which he writes: In the constitutional system envisioned by our founders 225 years ago, individuals get one […]

Filed Under: Blog, Buckley v. Valeo, campaign finance reform, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Fred Wertheimer, McCain-Feingold

Is "campaign finance reform" about good governance?

From a recent announcement about an upcoming appearance by FEC Vice-Chair Ann Ravel, co-hosted by The League of Women Voters and, two groups that advocate more restrictions of political funding and speech: “Regardless of your issue — fear of our democracy becoming a “Dollarocracy,” or concern about corporate interference in addressing climate change and community clean […]

Filed Under: Blog, Ann Ravel, campaign finance reform, climate change, community clean energy, Dollarocracy, FEC, fracking, gmo, gun control, League of Women Voters,

The value of an endorsement

Former Iowa State Senator Kent Sorenson has pled guilty to falsifying campaign finance reports. Apparently, in 2008, an operative of Ron Paul’s presidential campaign, Dmitri Kasari, offered Sorenson $8,000 a month to switch his support from Michelle Bachmann to Rep. Paul. The payments were reported through other vendors. Sorenson was eventually paid at least $73,000. […]

Filed Under: Blog, campaign finance reform, Dmitri Kasari, Kent Sorenson, Michelle Bachmann

Disclosure, hypocrisy, and hyperbole in campaign finance

It has just come to my attention that last week David Schultz, a Professor at the Graduate School of Management at Hamline University with whom I’ve previously had cordial relations, rather out of the blue “called me out” last week. In a post at Politics in Minnesota, Professor Schultz accuses me, by name (along with Attorney […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, campaign finance reform, David Schultz, Disclosure, doolittle, McCain-Feingold

$60 Million Down the Drain

No matter how many times we set the record straight, it seems we just can’t rid the world of myths surrounding tax-financed campaigns (for an introduction to tax-financed campaigns, see here). The latest comes from an opinion piece in the Huffington Post by a tax-financing advocate, who claims that New York State will actually save […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Sub-Pages, Tax Financed Campaigns Press Release/In the News/Blog, Tax Financed Campaigns State, Tax-Financing, campaign finance reform, Citizen Action New York, clean elections, Empire State, Karen Scharff, Luke Wachob, money in politics, Moreland Commission, New York, public financing, tax financing, Maine, New York

Policy Primer: Campaign Finance Disclosure – The Devil is in the Details

As this Policy Primer on campaign finance disclosure explains, although advocates for greater regulation of political speech claim that there are large amounts of undisclosed money in politics, in fact, all spending that calls for the election or defeat of candidates is already disclosed, as is all spending and all but the smallest donations to […]

Filed Under: Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure Federal, Disclosure Handouts, Disclosure State, External Relations Sub-Pages, Research, Buckley v. Valeo, campaign finance disclosure, campaign finance reform, Center for Competitive Politics, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Dark Money, Disclosure, Good Government, Major Purpose Test, money in politics, Reformers, transparency, Disclosure, Disclosure

In Defense of “Super PAC’s” and of the First Amendment

In this article, CCP Academic Advisor and Brooklyn Law School Professor Joel Gora offers a defense of “Super PACs” and of the First Amendment principles that they embody; namely, that in order to make our democracy work, we need a robust, wide-open and uninhibited discussion of politics and government. Although Super PACs have gotten bad […]

Filed Under: First Amendment, Independent Speech, Research, Super PACs, Academic Advisory Board, ACLU, Brooklyn Law School, Buckley v. Valeo, campaign finance, campaign finance reform, Center for Competitive Politics, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, First Amendment, free speech, independent expenditure, independent speech, independent spending, Joel Gora, money in politics, v. FEC, super PACs, First Amendment, Independent Speech, First Amendment, Independent Speech

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