Daily Media Links 5/22: F.E.C. Member Says System Tilts Against Conservative Groups, Hillary's campaign-finance reform advocacy isn't hypocrisy, it's self protection, and more…

Amending the First Amendment Wall Street Journal: Hillary’s Supreme Court Litmus Test Editorial Mrs. Clinton is also supporting the efforts of Congressional Democrats to amend the First Amendment to restrict this kind of political speech. That isn’t likely to pass, but that’s where her new litmus test comes in. Citizens United and many of the current Supreme Court’s campaign […]

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Daily Media Links 5/21: Conservative Group Uncovers New Roots of the IRS Scandal, Florida Mailman Charged in Capitol Gyrocopter Landing, and more…

CCP Do Commissioners Weintraub and Ravel Want the FEC to Fail? By Brad Smith The heart of America’s failed experiment with regulating political campaigns since the 1970s are the limits placed on contributions to candidate and political party committees. Those remain in full force. If you don’t think so, try to contribute $6000 to the Hillary Clinton campaign. […]

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Comments on Colorado Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Rules Concerning Campaign and Political Finance 8 CCR 1505-6

The Honorable Wayne W. Williams Secretary, Colorado Department of State RE: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Rules Concerning Campaign and Political Finance 8 CCR 1505-6 Dear Secretary Williams: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics, I write to offer comments on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Rules Concerning Campaign and Political Finance (“NPRM”). Founded in […]

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Do Commissioners Weintraub and Ravel Want the FEC to Fail?

Ann Ravel, the Democratic Chair of the Federal Election Commission, made headlines early this month when she told The New York Times that her agency was “worse than dysfunctional” and that “the likelihood of the [federal campaign finance] laws being enforced is slim.” Democratic Commissioner Ellen Weintraub chimed in, saying “the few rules that are […]

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Supreme Court declines to hear lawsuit seeking to block John Doe probe (In the News)

By Patrick Marley and Jason Stein Conservatives had viewed getting the U.S. Supreme Court to accept the case as important. Five groups, including the Center for Competitive Politics and the Cato Institute, filed friend-of-the-court briefs in the unsuccessful effort to get the high court to take it up. While the ruling means the end of this […]

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Daily Media Links 5/20: Corruption: Voters Know It When They See It Posted, Ban ‘Dark Money’ in Politics? Might as well burn the First Amendment, and more…

In the News Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Supreme Court declines to hear lawsuit seeking to block John Doe probe By Patrick Marley and Jason Stein Conservatives had viewed getting the U.S. Supreme Court to accept the case as important. Five groups, including the Center for Competitive Politics and the Cato Institute, filed friend-of-the-court briefs in the unsuccessful […]

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What Can Bike Lanes Teach Us About Campaign Finance Laws?

Vox’s Matthew Yglesias writes about how efforts to create new bike lanes are hindered, ironically, by environmental protection laws: “[A]t a high level the issue is that environmental impact review requirements were written with the general spirit of ‘Let’s worry about someone proposing to do something bad.’ Yet it turns out the exact same process […]

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Significant Constitutional and Practical Issues with Washington House Bill 2256

The Honorable Sam Hunt The Honorable Steve Bergquist The Honorable Jeff Holy Re:  Significant Constitutional and Practical Issues with House Bill 2256 Dear Chair Hunt, Vice Chair Bergquist, Ranking Minority Member Holy, Assistant Ranking Minority Member Van Werven, and members of the House State Government Committee: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics, I […]

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The Federalist: The 5 Biggest Lies, Myths, And Debunked Claims Of The IRS Scandal (In the News)

By Luke Wachob Remember the Lois Lerner emails the Internal Revenue Service said were lost? Thousands of them were just uncovered, and according to one investigator, they were “right where you would expect them to be.” It was just the latest iteration of a recurring trend in the IRS targeting scandal: investigators debunking attempts by the agency and its […]

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SCOTUS Blog: No protection — yet — for group’s donor privacy (In the News)

By Lyle Denniston The Ninth Circuit, while refusing to block the state demand while the Center pursued an appeal to the Supreme Court, has delayed the order that would formally implement its ruling against the Center.  That has had the practical effect, at least for the time being, of keeping the situation on hold. Justice Kennedy, in denying […]

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