CCP in the NY Post

Today, the New York Post published an op-ed, "Don’t Let NY’s Hacks Muzzle You," written by CCP’s Stephen Hoersting about the new campaign finance reguations proposed in New York.

In the op-ed, Hoersting warns that any campaign finance regulations and enforcement agencies can easily be manipulated and abused for political purposes.  He also highlights that contribution limits hurt electoral competition by entrenching incumbents.

Click HERE to read the op-ed.

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Pence Amendment to protect grassroots organizations passes the House

Yesterday afternoon the House passed Rep. Mike Pence’s amendment to the Department of Commerce and Justice, and Science, and Related Agencies appropriation bill (H.R. 3093).

The Pence amendment prohibits funds appropriated in H.R. 3093 from being used by the Department of Justice to enforce criminal penalties provisions of "McCain-Feingold" against organizations that make electioneering communications. The amendment does not change the ability of the FEC to levy civil penalties.

In his press release, Rep. Pence said:

"Today freedom of speech prevailed on the floor of the People’s House. We still have much work to do to reinstate full First Amendment protections to the American people, so badly trampled by McCain-Feingold, but passing the Pence Amendment is a first step to achieving that goal."

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CCP on Fox News Tonight

CCP Chairman Bradley Smith will be featured in a story tonight on Special Report with Brit Hume on the Fox News Channel.  The story focuses on the citizens of Parker North, Colorado who, while trying to excerise their First Amendment political rights, were victims of campaign finance regulation gone wild.  Brad wrote about the case for both the Wall Street Journal and City Journal

Special Report with Brit Hume airs at 6pm on the Fox News Channel. The story is expected to air some time after 6:30 p.m.

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CCP VP at New York roundtable on campaign finance regulation

CCP Vice President Steve Hoersting is in Rome, New York participating in a roundtable discussion on campaign finance regulation with the New York State Senate Elections Committee at 10:30 a.m Friday.  New York is considering overhauling their campaign finance regulations. More details on the proposal can be found HERE.

Hoersting’s remarks will focus on five major issues related to campaign finance regulation:

-Disclosure

-Transparency

-Enforcement

-Contribution Limits

-Government Subsidies 

Notably, Hoersting will highlight that reduced contribution limits protect incumbents, favor wealthy candidates, and divert political spending to independent advocacy organizations like "527" groups. 

Earlier this week CCP published an overview of the proposed overhaul of New York’s campaign finance regulations.  You can read the overview by clicking HERE.

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Fairness Doctrine remains dead (for now)

In a letter to Rep. Mike Pence made public today, FCC chairman Kevin Martin says that the FCC has no intentions of reinstating the Fairness Doctrine.

In the letter, Martin says, "In my judgement, the events of the last two decades have confirmed the wisdom of the Commission’s decision to abolish the Fairness Doctrine.  Discussion of controversial issues over the airwaves has flourished absent regulatory contstraints, and the public now enjoys access to an ever-expanding range of views and opinions…the need for the Fairness Doctrine has lessened ever further since 1987."

You can read the AP story HERE and the actual letter HERE.

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Vote Hope 2008 marks little hope for 527s in 2008

Vote Hope 2008 is an independent, nonconnected, political action committee established to further the candidacy of Barack Obama.  The Boston Globe says the “effort employs a tactic that could transform the way campaign-related money is collected and spent in presidential campaigns.”  The truth is, Vote Hope 2008 doesn’t break ground so much as concedes it to recent enforcement actions and rulemakings from the FEC.

Vote Hope 2008 is new only in the sense that it is now necessary.

Click on the title to read more.

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Campaign finance expert to testify to New York State Senate Elections Committee

Recently, leaders in New York announced an agreement to overhaul the state’s campaign finance regulations.   As part of the process, the New York State Senate Elections Committee is hosting roundtable discussions with campaign finance experts to discuss the issue.   On Friday, the Center for Competitive Politics Vice President Stephen Hoersting will testify to the committee about campaign finance regulation.

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Overview of New York Proposal to Regulate Campaign Finance

The following is a CCP analysis of the effort in New York to overhaul their campaign finance regulations.

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The good guy lobbyists

There’s an interesting opinion piece in Monday’s San Francisco Chronicle that details the pride that California State Senator Carole Migden has in being the only member of either the State Assembly or Senate to vote against a bill that would reign in the ability of cities and counties to trample the free speech rights of citizen groups that want to communicate with their members on issues related to politics and policy (apparently, the State wishes to reserve that power for themselves).

But the article contains an interesting tidbit, one that must have "reformers" gnashing their teeth if they understand what it really means. Click on the headline above to learn more.

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McCain-Feingold-Thompson

Looks like our friends over at National Review Online (NRO) have been handed a pile of research showing Fred Thompson’s longstanding support for campaign finance "reform." Go HERE to check it out.

For anybody who shares the Center for Competitive Politics’ perspective on the importance of our First Amendment rights of speech, assembly, and petition, it’s a pretty alarming indictment. A little known fact (although somebody’s obviously hoping it becomes a well-known fact) is that the McCain-Feingold bill was actually the McCain-Feingold-Thompson bill, with the then-Senator from Tennessee joining his Arizona and Wisconsin colleagues in pushing through this bill that continued the long tradition of politicians trying to limit what their critics can say about them.

This little article is a double hit for Thompson: not only does it bring attention to an issue that Thompson’s campaign would presumably just as soon have go away (political speech suppression being wildly unpopular among the conservative activists he is trying to woo), but the mere existence of the article demonstrates the hopelessness of efforts to "get money out of politics," as the "reformers" like to say.

For more details and commentary, click the headline.

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