Delusions about “Dysfunction”: Understanding the Federal Election Commission

Supporters of more regulation of political speech increasingly seek to discredit the Federal Election Commission (FEC) – the agency with exclusive civil enforcement of federal campaign finance laws. The purpose of these attacks is twofold: first, to pressure other federal agencies, such as the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Federal […]

Filed Under: Blog, Enforcement, FEC, Research, Enforcement, Enforcement

Comments to Texas Ethics Commission Regarding August 7, 2015 Revisions to Proposed Tex. Admin. Code § 20.1(20)

BY EMAIL ([email protected]) Texas Ethics Commission Attn.: Ms. Natalia Luna Ashley P.O. Box 12070 Austin, TX 78711-2070 Re: August 7, 2015 Revisions to Proposed Tex. Admin. Code § 20.1(20) (“Principal Purpose”) Dear Commissioners: The Center for Competitive Politics (“CCP”)[1] submits these comments in response to the revisions the Texas Ethics Commission (the “Commission”) made at […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State Comments and Testimony, Texas Ethics Commission, Texas

Philanthropy Roundtable: Donor Privacy is the Focus of Supreme Court Appeal (In the News)

Our amicus brief reflects our core belief in philanthropic freedom – the right of Americans to choose how and where to spend their charitable assets – and our commitment to safeguard the freedom of donors and private foundations to carry out their diverse charitable goals and missions, in order to preserve their distinctive contributions. Donor […]

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

Daily Media Links 10/2: Bizarre: FEC chair suggests Putin, drug czars buying elections, Why did Ted Cruz’s PAC give half a million to Carly Fiorina’s?, and more…

In the News Philanthropy Roundtable: Donor Privacy is the Focus of Supreme Court Appeal Our amicus brief reflects our core belief in philanthropic freedom – the right of Americans to choose how and where to spend their charitable assets – and our commitment to safeguard the freedom of donors and private foundations to carry out […]

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Testing Inferences about American Politics: A Review of the “Oligarchy” Result

In a well-publicized 2014 study, Martin Gilens and Benjamin Page argue that economic elites and business interest groups exert strong influence on U.S. government policy while average citizens have virtually no influence at all. Their conclusions are drawn from a model which is said to reveal the causal impact of each group’s preferences. In this […]

Filed Under: Faulty Assumptions, Research, Benjamin Page, Inequality of Representation, Martin Gilens, Omar S. Bashir, Faulty Assumptions, Faulty Assumptions

Are Corporations People?

This National Affairs essay by Carson Holloway examines the vocal claims by some that “corporations are not people.” As Holloway explains, progressives, ranging from ordinary protestors all the way to President Obama, have insisted that, because corporations are not living, breathing human beings, corporate personhood — the idea that corporations have certain legal and constitutional rights — is a […]

Filed Under: Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, First Amendment, Independent Speech, Jurisprudence & Litigation, Research, Carson Holloway, Corporate Personhood, First Amendment, Independent Speech, Jurisprudence & Litigation, First Amendment, Independent Speech, Jurisprudence & Litigation

Daily Caller: The Corrupt Mr. Whitehouse (In the News)

Paul Jossey The First Amendment-friendly Center for Competitive Politics filed a complaint with the Senate Ethics Committee alleging the senators had “improperly interfered with administrative proceedings” and “abused the power of their office in an effort to advance their political party’s campaign and electoral objectives.” The charge gave Mr. Whitehouse no pause. This summer he […]

Filed Under: In the News, Newsroom, Quotes CCP

Daily Caller: Campaign Promises Vs. Reality: Taxpayer Financed Elections Edition (In the News)

Scott Blackburn There is little evidence that all this does any good. In states that have tax financing schemes, there is no greater representation of women in state legislatures, there are just as many white lawyers and businessmen elected to office, and there are just as many corrupt and corruptible politicians as before. What such […]

Filed Under: In the News, Newsroom, Published Articles, Scott Blackburn

Chronicle of Philanthropy: Don’t Let the States Trample on the Right to Donor Anonymity (In the News)

Howard Husock In 2014, Ms. Harris began asking nonprofits in California not just for IRS Form 990, the informational return available to the public, but also for Form 990B, which includes much more information. Charities are required to use that longer form to tell the IRS about all donors who have given an organization more […]

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

Daily Media Links 10/1: Senate Dems meet to plot 2016 attacks on wealthy Koch brothers, Assigning Responsibility for “Implosion”: the Role of the Court, and more…

In the News Chronicle of Philanthropy: Don’t Let the States Trample on the Right to Donor Anonymity Howard Husock In 2014, Ms. Harris began asking nonprofits in California not just for IRS Form 990, the informational return available to the public, but also for Form 990B, which includes much more information. Charities are required to […]

Filed Under: Daily Media Links