Showing posts with label campaign financing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label campaign financing. Show all posts

The Lucrative Business Of Crowds For Hire

by Kieron Monks.     Next time you're watching a campaign rally for a politician, or a glitzy premiere, take a close look at the enthusiastic faces waving banners at the front. There is a good chance that some are paid performers. If they are, it is likely that one Adam Swart put them there. Los Angeles-based entrepreneur Swart has pioneered the         ... MORE

Forced Silence Is One Way To Shut Up Political Opponents

by John Stossel.   Campaign finance rules = major threat to freedom. In a democracy, citizens must be able to criticize their leaders. It's a reason America's founders put free speech in the Bill of Rights. I assumed that right is safe in the United States. So I was shocked to learn what happened in Wisconsin. Before dawn, Deborah Jordahl was    ... MORE

How 2016 Contenders Want To Change The Constitution

by Clare Foran.     Amending the Constitution is no easy feat. But long odds haven't stopped Democrats and Republicans alike from calling for change on the campaign trail. There have only been 27 amendments to the legendary legal document since the Founding Fathers—quite literally—put pen to paper. And that's with good reason: Even the most     ... MORE

Mychal Massie: The Establishment Vs. We The People

Don't fall for elites' 'consensus' argument, again.      Quoting journalist Lewis Lapham, Attorney John W. Whitehead of the Rutherford Institute wrote: “The shaping of the will of Congress and the choosing of the American president has become a privilege reserved to the country’s equestrian classes, aka the 20 [percent] of the population that   ... MORE

John Stossel: Incumbents Always Win

Politicians and their stranglehold on power.     I'm told that the public is "angry" at today's politicians. Eighty-two percent disapprove of the job Congress is doing. So will Tuesday's election bring a big shakeup? No. Congressional reelection rates never drop below 85 percent. The last big "wave" election was 1994, when Democrats lost control    ... MORE

How Liberals Became the New Book Banners

by A. Barton Hinkle.   Justice Anthony Kennedy: "Well, suppose it were an advocacy organization that had a book. Your position is that under the Constitution . . . the book itself could be prohibited." Deputy Solicitor General Malcolm Stewart: "If the book contained the functional equivalent of express advocacy."—Exchange during oral arguments over    ... MORE

Senate Democrats Fail to Amend the First Amendment

by Jacob Sullum.       A constitutional amendment that would have given Congress and state legislatures broad powers to suppress political speech in the name of "democratic self-government" and electoral "integrity" died a deservedly ignominious death in the Senate today. A motion to consider the proposed amendment, known as SJR 19,   ... MORE

‘Udall Amendment’ An Assault On Free Speech

from Statesman Journal.   The effort to amend the U.S. Constitution to allow Congress and the states to regulate campaign finance isn’t simply misguided. It’s dishonest, and, even were it successful, it would be ineffective, as well. Senate Democrats are forging ahead with a plan to bring a joint resolution to the floor that would add a 28th     ... MORE

Star Parker: Incumbents Fear Too Much Free Speech

It could introduce corruption into the political system!   The Supreme Court’s decision last week in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, eliminating the total limit that an individual can contribute in an election cycle to candidates and party committees, amounts to a shot of adrenaline to American democracy. The principle      ... MORE

Thomas Sowell: A Halo For Selfishness

Free speech not popular in some quarters.   The recent Supreme Court decision over-ruling some Federal Election Commission restrictions on political campaign contributions has provoked angry reactions on the left. That is what often happens whenever the High Court rules that the First Amendment means what it says — free speech for        ... MORE

Emily Elkins: Americans Say 75% Of Politicians Are Corrupt

Emily Ekins.     Citizens are catching on. Americans don’t paint a pretty picture of their public servants in the new national Reason-Rupe poll. Americans tell Reason-Rupe that 75 percent of all politicians are “corrupted” by campaign donations and lobbyists.  And they say 70 percent of politicians use their political power to help their     ... MORE

Mark Sherman: Supreme Court Voids Contribution Limits

Spending money as you please is free expression.        The Supreme Court has struck down limits in federal law on the overall campaign contributions the biggest individual donors may make to candidates, political parties and political action committees. The justices said in a 5-4 vote that Americans have a right to give the legal    ... MORE

Free Speech Is So Annoying To Elected Officials

by A. Barton Hinkle.           “There’s just way too much money in politics,” said a candidate for governor earlier this month. Since the candidate was Terry McAuliffe, a political fundraiser of Brobdingnagian proportions, the remark could go down as the funniest line from this year’s contest. McAuliffe had just been asked if he would       ... MORE