Comments on Maryland Senate Bill 1039

External Relations Director Matt Nese submitted comments to the Maryland Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee on Senate Bill 1039, which makes several welcome revisions to existing campaign finance law in the state, but contains several provisions of significant constitutional concern to the Center. In its current form, S.B. 1039 relies upon an unclear and overbroad definition of […]

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Daily Media Links 3/29: Daylighting dark money in Colorado’s political system, Mitch McConnell’s scorched-earth strategy, and more…

CCP   Colorado’s Opportunity to Protect First Amendment Rights  By Tyler Martinez On behalf of CSG, Dr. Hsieh and Mr. Armstrong raised money from their friends to help pay for the costs of writing and publishing the paper. They also ran some Facebook ads and made flyers to let people know about the paper.   […]

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In the News: Campaigns and Elections: Utah governor poised to sign poll disclosure bill

By Sean Miller “It’s one of the worst written bills I’ve ever seen,” says David Keating, CCP’s president. “It’s so bad I can’t imagine a court upholding it.”  The article continues: Powers was frank about his view of the legislation.   “HB 44 is incumbent protectionism at its worst,” he says. “The politicians know exactly what […]

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Daily Media Links 3/28: OFA backs New York coalition’s campaign finance reform efforts, Ethics reform now includes incumbent-protection provision, and more…

Independent Groups   Political Law Briefing: Think Your Advocacy Group is Not Subject to FEC Rules? Think Again.  The ruling is an important reminder that advocacy groups cannot always avoid Federal Election Commission rules merely by organizing themselves as a 501(c)(4), 527, or nonprofit established under state law.   The suit was filed by a group […]

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Colorado’s Opportunity to Protect First Amendment Rights

May the government ban the publication of books if they contain only one sentence of express advocacy, such as “Vote for Smith”? At the oral argument for Citizens United v. FEC, the federal government argued that campaign finance laws could ban a corporation, presumably including book publishers, from producing a book with even one sentence […]

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Daily Media Links 3/27: The corporate ‘predator state’, Nevada Bill Would Burden Nonprofit Groups’ Political Speech Rights, and more…

CCP   Happy Birthday SpeechNow: Thanks for Trusting Us  By Zac Morgan SpeechNow came about because of a fundamental unfairness in the Federal campaign finance laws that favored the speech of wealthy single individuals over groups of middle-class activists.  The courts have long recognized that political speech rights are “at the heart” of the First […]

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Libertarian National Committee v. FEC Complete Documents

Joint Status Report (2/22/13) [PDF; 5 pages] FEC’s Reply Memorandum in Support of its Motion for Summary Judgment (9/14/12) [PDF; 23 pages] FEC’s Reply Memorandum in Support of its Proposed Findings of Fact (8/27/12) [PDF; 9 pages] Plaintiff’s Reply to FEC’s Responses to Plaintiff’s Facts Submitted for Certification (8/27/12) [PDF; 11 pages] Plaintiff’s Memorandum of Points and Authorities in […]

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Libertarian National Committee v. FEC Notice of Appeal

Notice of Appeal NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Plaintiff Libertarian National Committee, Inc. (“LNC”) appeals to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit the memorandum opinion and final order of the District Court entered March 18, 2013, granting in part Defendant Federal Election Commission’s motion for summary judgment and denying […]

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Comments on Nevada S.B. 246 Disclosure Bill

S.B. 246 broadly extends recent court-sanctioned disclosure of these communications, covering speech that discusses political issues, but does not advocate for or against candidates for office. As a result, the legislation may deter individuals from contributing to organizations by impinging on their right to freedom of association. Likewise, many small non-profit groups may find it easier to cancel communications efforts rather than struggle to meet reporting requirements. […]

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Daily Media Links 3/26: Campaign finance watchdog agency says outside Democratic group must adhere to contribution limits, Coalition ‘blasts’ campaign finance bill to Montana Senate floor, and more…

In the News   Campaigns and Elections: Utah governor poised to sign poll disclosure bill  By Sean Miller “It’s one of the worst written bills I’ve ever seen,” says David Keating, CCP’s president. “It’s so bad I can’t imagine a court upholding it.”  The article continues: Powers was frank about his view of the legislation.   “HB […]

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