The Brennan Center Backs Off the Ledge

The campaign finance “reform” movement is at a crossroads. Some influential elements are pushing the envelope farther than ever, but others are stepping back to re-examine whether lifting certain restrictions can achieve what 40 years of the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) and a decade plus of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA) could not: […]

Filed Under: Blog, Coordination, Money in Politics, Political Parties, Brennan Center for Justice

Center for Competitive Politics Comments on Proposed Changes to California’s Coordination Regulations

Alexandria, VA – Today, the Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) released their comments on proposed changes to California’s coordination regulations. These changes, proposed by the California Fair Political Practices Commission, are riddled with many pitfalls and paradoxes, and CCP’s comments highlight some of the proposal’s most egregious issues: The proposed changes would make such a broad universe […]

Filed Under: Blog, Press Releases, California

Media Links 10/14: 3 caveats about that New York Times blockbuster on big donors, The Chairwoman Who’s At War With Her Own Agency, and more…

Independent Groups Vox: 3 caveats about that New York Times blockbuster on big donors Mark Schmitt While this money certainly influences elections, a lot of that pile of red Monopoly pieces has already been wasted. Some of the candidates supported by these donors have already dropped out, including Scott Walker and Rick Perry, while others […]

Filed Under: Daily Media Links

Comments to California Fair Political Practices Commission on Proposed Changes to 2 Cal. Code Regs. § 18225.7 (“Made at the Behest; Independent Versus Coordinated Expenditures”)

BY E-MAIL ([email protected]) AND FACSIMILE (916- 322-6440) California Fair Political Practices Commission c/o: Jack Woodside, Senior Commission Counsel 428 J Street, Suite 620 Sacramento, CA 95814 Re:      October 15, 2015 Meeting Agenda General Item #64; Comments on Proposed Changes to 2 Cal. Code Regs. § 18225.7 (“Made at the Behest; Independent Versus Coordinated Expenditures”) […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State Comments and Testimony, California Fair Political Practices Commission, coordination, Independent Expenditures, California

National Public Radio: New Rankings Highlight Corporate Transparency In Politics (In the News)

Peter Overby “This is a significant area of concern for corporate America now,” said Robert Kelner, a Washington-based campaign finance lawyer with corporate clients. But he dismissed as “utterly false” one of CPA’s central arguments: that shareholders have an economic interest in a company’s political spending. At the Center for Competitive Politics, which opposes regulation […]

Filed Under: In the News, Newsroom, Quotes CCP

Daily Media Links 10/13: The Real Reason for the Chaos in the House, The Families Funding the 2016 Presidential Election, and more…

In the News National Public Radio: New Rankings Highlight Corporate Transparency In Politics Peter Overby “This is a significant area of concern for corporate America now,” said Robert Kelner, a Washington-based campaign finance lawyer with corporate clients. But he dismissed as “utterly false” one of CPA’s central arguments: that shareholders have an economic interest in […]

Filed Under: Daily Media Links

Harvard Law and Policy Review: 10th Circuit: Do Voters Really Need Political Spending Disclosure (In the News)

Harvard Law and Policy Review: 10th Circuit: Do Voters Really Need Political Spending Disclosure Peg Perl The cases argued last week challenge Colorado state disclosure laws as applied to political ads run by nonprofit corporations: Independence Institute v. Williams and Coalition for Secular Government v. Williams. In both cases the groups objecting to disclosure are […]

Filed Under: In the News, In the News Our Cases, Newsroom

Daily Media Links 10/9: Clinton ‘SNL’ Cameo Could Entitle Challengers to Free Air Time, Corporations are disclosing more information about their political contributions, study says, and more…

In the News Harvard Law and Policy Review: 10th Circuit: Do Voters Really Need Political Spending Disclosure Peg Perl The cases argued last week challenge Colorado state disclosure laws as applied to political ads run by nonprofit corporations: Independence Institute v. Williams and Coalition for Secular Government v. Williams. In both cases the groups objecting […]

Filed Under: Daily Media Links

Businesses and Shareholders Shouldn’t Be Misled by the CPA-Zicklin Index

Today, the Center for Political Accountability (CPA), in conjunction with the Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research, released the 2015 installment of their annual Index of Corporate Political Disclosure and Accountability, a metric that purports to rank corporations’ disclosure policies for political and issue-related speech. We have said of past versions of the CPA-Zicklin Index […]

Filed Under: Blog, Corporate Governance, Corporate Governance Press Release/In the News/Blog, CPA-Zicklin Index, David Primo, Shareholder Value

CPA-Zicklin Index Polices Corporate Speech to the Detriment of Shareholders

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Filed Under: Corporate Governance, Corporate Governance Handouts