Nevada Bill Would Burden Nonprofit Groups’ Political Speech Rights

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Center for Competitive Politics’ External Relations Director Matt Nese submitted comments today to the Nevada Senate Legislative Operations and Elections Committee concerning Senate Bill 246, which expands the state’s definition of “committee for political action” to include any organization making an expenditure of $5,000, regardless of the nature and extent of its other activities. “Senate […]

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Happy Birthday SpeechNow: Thanks for Trusting Us

Today is the third anniversary of SpeechNow.org v. FEC, the case brought by the Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) that created the ‘super PAC.’ So today is a good opportunity to review the importance of that case and what still needs to be done. SpeechNow came about because of a fundamental unfairness in the Federal […]

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Daily Media Links 3/25: Candidate Ends Effort to Sidestep a City Cap, California Officials Turn Up The Heat On Secretive ‘Dark Money’ Groups, and more…

CCP   Disclosure for contribution limits: a fair trade?  By Sarah Lee It’s an interesting idea. Give the Democrats what they seek regarding enhanced disclosure of donors as a trade for what Republicans want, looser restrictions on caps to contributions. Read more…   Independent Groups   Washington Post: The Republican ‘reformation’  By George Will Because of […]

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Daily Media Links 3/22: Campaign-finance case against Horne recommended for dismissal, Raising contribution limits would boost transparency, and more…

CCP   The Difficulties of Running for State Office  By Joe Trotter Mr. Brush sums up: “We have real discrepancies about campaign laws;  about what is legal, what isn’t legal, it makes it really difficult to run especially if you’re a  candidate like me who isn’t rich and can’t afford a lawyer…I spend about 5-10% […]

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Disclosure for contribution limits: a fair trade?

Our friend Jonathan Rauch of The Atlantic believes he’s found a way to solve the problems inherent in the campaign finance system: he calls it “trade[ing] hostages.”  First, pass legislation requiring more disclosure. Democrats have proposed just that, in a law they call, creatively, the disclose Act. Second, pass a law raising today’s overly restrictive caps on […]

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Daily Media Links 3/21: Five of 6 ex-Bell council members found guilty in corruption trial, Lobbying Without a Trace, and more…

CCP   Estate Contribution Limits Case Certified to D.C. Circuit  By Sarah Lee In 2007, Tennessee resident Raymond Burrington passed away, leaving in his will $217,734 to the Libertarian Party. But because that amount exceeded the annual limit on contributions to national party committees, the LNC was forced to place funds in escrow, withdrawing each […]

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CCP Urges Maryland Senate Committee to Reconsider Disclosure Provisions in Campaign Finance Reform Bill

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Center for Competitive Politics’ External Relations Director Matt Nese submitted comments today 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. According to Nese, “in its current form, S.B. […]

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Daily Media Links 3/20: Vermont Senate’s campaign finance bill: many find something to like, Campaign Contributions Bill Touches A Nerve That Lawmakers Are Already Addressing, and more…

Case   Ballot Access News: Libertarian Party Wins Procedural Victory in Campaign Finance Case Involving a Bequest On March 19, U.S. District Court Judge Robert L. Wilkins ruled that the Libertarian Party’s campaign finance case involving a bequest to the party can be certified to the entire panel of U.S. Court of Appeals Judges in the […]

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In the News: Washington Times: Undercover journalist at CPAC misrepresents hybrid PACs

By Christina Sirois WASHINGTON, March 20, 2013 — “Thank you for identifying yourself as media,” I suddenly found myself saying as media personnel flooded the DB Capitol Strategies CPAC booth on the final days of the conservative conference.  Read more…

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In the News: Washington Times: Undercover journalist at CPAC misrepresents hybrid PACs

DB Capitol Strategies’ Christina Sirois in the Washington Times: WASHINGTON, March 20, 2013 — “Thank you for identifying yourself as media,” I suddenly found myself saying as media personnel flooded the DB Capitol Strategies CPAC booth on the final days of the conservative conference. I certainly learned my lesson after an undercover journalist published his snarky […]

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