Melania Trump Controversy Shows the Silliness of Campaign Finance Laws

The controversy over Melania Trump’s speech at the Republican National Convention – well, one of them anyway – is a reminder that much of the debate over campaign finance regulation has nothing to do with preventing corruption. An employee of the Trump Organization, Meredith McIver, wrote the speech, leading many in the pro-regulation community to suspect […]

Filed Under: Blog, corporate contributions, corruption, Donald Trump, Melania Trump, Meredith McIver, Republican National Convention

Blatant Partisanship and Outright Misinformation: Public Citizen’s Press Conference

Yesterday’s Public Citizen event calling for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to promulgate a rule forcing corporations to disclose their political spending was a disappointing mixture of blatant partisanship and outright misinformation. Headlined by Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) – for the first twenty minutes or so – Public Citizen’s panel […]

Filed Under: Blog, Communications, Corporate Governance Press Release/In the News/Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, campaign finance, campaign finance reform, corporate contributions, corporate disclosure, corporate governance, corporate speech, First Amendment, IRS and the Tea Party, money in politics, proxy, public citizen

New Study Debunks Myth of “Corporate Takeover” of American Elections

In urging support for the DISCLOSE Act back in 2010, President Obama said, “A vote to oppose these reforms is nothing less than a vote to allow corporate and special interest takeovers of our elections.” This was not the first time the President echoed left-wing groups’ hysterical claims about the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Issues, Money in Politics, Super PACs, corporate contributions, corporate disclosure, corporate speech, corporations, DISCLOSE, Disclose Act, First Amendment, free speech, independent expenditure, super PAC

Amicus Brief: Danielczyk v. United States Supreme Court Amicus

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Filed Under: Completed Amicus Briefs, Legal, Legal Center, United States v. Danielczyk, Allen Dickerson, amicus brief, campaign contributions, Contribution limits, corporate contributions, corporations, Danielczyk, All CCP Legal Documents, Amicus Briefs, Completed Cases (Amicus), United States v. Danielczyk, Amicus Briefs, Completed Cases (Amicus)

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

Learn Liberty Presents: “Money in Politics”

IHS’  Learn Liberty video series released a video featuring Brad Smith yesterday entitled “Money in Politics.” Should we worry when money and politics mix? Common wisdom suggests that large campaign contributions can corrupt politicians and disenfranchise regular voters. However, Prof. Brad Smith argues that the real result of campaign finance regulation has been to turn […]

Filed Under: Blog, Money in Politics, Brad Smith, campaign finance, campaign finance reform, Center for Competitive Politics, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Contribution, corporate contributions, First Amendment, free speech, money in politics

Daily Media Links 7/26: Groups ask FEC to blur lines between candidates, super PACs and nonprofits, Bundlers Give to Both Parties, and more…

Independent groups Politico: Dawn of the Mommy and Daddy PACs  By KENNETH P. VOGEL Talk about helicopter parents: Candidates’ rich mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters increasingly are pouring cash into super PACs that support their loved ones’ campaigns — a phenomenon that critics say tests the bounds of both contribution limits and rules barring coordination between […]

Filed Under: Daily Media Links, campaign ads, campaign finance, campaign finance reform, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Contribution limits, coordination, corporate contributions, DISCLOSE

Fourth Circuit Upholds Ban on Corporate Contributions in Danielczyk

While every other attorney in the country is reading the lengthy opinion regarding the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, we at CCP offer a much shorter opinion that directly impacts Americans’ political speech rights. Today, in the case of United States v. Danielczyk, the Fourth Circuit upheld the Federal government’s direct ban on corporate […]

Filed Under: Blog, Completed Case, Featured Content, Litigation Blog/Press Releases, United States v. Danielczyk Other Links, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, corporate contributions, Danielczyk

Federal Court Strikes Down Three Montana “Clean” Election Laws

United States District Court for the District of Montana Judge Charles Lovell yesterday struck down three state laws that violated First Amendment rights to political speech: a ban on corporate donations to independent expenditure PACs; a political-civil libel statute; and a vote reporting disclaimer requirement. “This ruling is a solid win for the First Amendment,” […]

Filed Under: Blog, Completed Case, Featured Content, Litigation Blog/Press Releases, Western Tradition Partnership v. Bullock Other Links, corporate contributions, free speech, Montana, District Of Columbia, Montana

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