Bradley A. Smith is the Josiah H. Blackmore II/Shirley M. Nault Professor of Law at Capital University, and the founder and chairman of the Center for Competitive Politics.
Best known for his work on campaign finance, Professor Smith served as Commissioner on the Federal Election Commission (FEC) from 2000 through 2005, including as the Commission’s Vice-Chairman in 2003 and Chairman in 2004. During his tenure at the FEC, the Wall Street Journal dubbed him “the only honest man in this bordello;” the New York Times has called Smith “the intellectual powerhouse [of the] campaign … to roll back Watergate-era campaign finance restrictions.” His work on money and politics includes “Unfree Speech: The Folly of Campaign Finance Reform” (Princeton University Press 2001) and articles in the Yale Law Journal, Georgetown Law Journal, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and other journals and edited volumes.
He is a 2010 recipient of the Bradley Prize, awarded by the Bradley Foundation of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to recognize “innovative thinkers” whose work has “strengthened American democratic capitalism and the institutions, principles, and values that sustain and nurture it.” Professor Smith earned his B.A. at Kalamazoo College (1980) and his J.D. from Harvard (1990).