The NRA’s Political Spending is No Different From Any Other Group’s

Last week, the Sunlight Foundation – an organization that supports increased donor disclosure for nonprofit groups that occasionally speak about candidates and issues as a small part of their overall mission – published a blog post examining the oft-discussed political influence of the National Rifle Association (NRA). It concludes that the NRA’s reach is not […]

Filed Under: Blog, Issues, Money in Politics, NARAL Pro-Choice America, National Rifle Association, NRA, Right to Life, Sunlight Foundation

Daily Media Links 9/15: Document suggests prosecutors leaked sealed John Doe records to Guardian, Emails: Dem Senator Urged Justice Department to Prosecute Conservative Groups, and more…

IRS Politico: GOP negotiators reach deal to postpone IRS impeachment vote Rachael Bade House Freedom Caucus Chairman Jim Jordan and Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte have reached a tentative compromise to postpone a vote to impeach the IRS commissioner, sources familiar with the talks told POLITICO. Under the terms of the emerging deal, IRS Commissioner […]

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Daily Media Links 9/14: The Transparency-Privacy Trade-Off (or Bargain), Judge Hints Could Remand Disclosure Case to FEC, and more…

CCP Analysis of Washington State Initiative 1464 Eric Wang Permitting government agencies to collect a portion of the penalties that they impose has incentivized excessive enforcement and skewed agency priorities in other contexts and jurisdictions. Providing a private right of action for anyone to sue directly in court over campaign finance violations has incentivized frivolous […]

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Analysis of Washington State Initiative 1464

PDF of analysis available here By Eric Wang, Senior Fellow[1] Initiative 1464, which is on the Washington statewide ballot for the upcoming general election, would amend the state’s campaign finance and lobbying laws in various respects. In this analysis, the Center for Competitive Politics (“CCP”)[2] focuses on two enforcement-related mechanisms in the Initiative because similar […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State, State Comments and Testimony, Enforcement, Private Right of Action, Public Disclosure Commission, Washington Government Accountability Act, Colorado, Washington

Daily Media Links 9/13: Targeting the right, Small donor democracy? Don’t count on it, and more…

CCP Comments to FEC Commissioner Ravel on Proposal to Rescind AO 2006-15 Allen Dickerson For the reasons given below, the Commission should reject the Proposal and affirm its considered policy, consistently applied since 1978, that domestic subsidiaries of foreign corporations, and the U.S. citizens they employ, may participate in the American political system… The Proposal […]

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Comments to FEC Commissioner Ravel on Proposal to Rescind AO 2006-15 (TransCanada) (FEC Agenda Document No. 16-32-A)

VIA ELECTRONIC MAIL Federal Election Commission 999 E Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20463 RE: Commissioner Ravel’s Proposal to Rescind AO 2006-15 (TransCanada) (FEC Agenda Document No. 16-32-A) Dear Chairman, Vice Chairman, and Commissioners: The Center for Competitive Politics (“the Center”),[1] respectfully submits comments in response to Commissioner Ravel’s Proposal to Rescind Advisory Opinion (“AO”) 2006-15 […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Federal, Federal Comments and Testimony, Issues, Advisory Opinion 2016-15, Ann Ravel, Federal Election Commision, TransCanada

Daily Media Links 9/12: The Court after Scalia: Campaign finance law Wonderland, Proposal to launch rulemaking to ensure that U.S. political spending is free from foreign influence, and more…

CCP CCP Calls on Gov. Brown to Veto Bill that Bypasses Voters The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) sent a letter to California Governor Jerry Brown today urging him to veto California Senate Bill 1107, which permits the State of California and its localities to subsidize candidate campaigns with Californians’ tax dollars. This action directly […]

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The Rhetoric of “Rigged”

In a recent piece published in The Guardian, “experts” express their fears and concerns about Donald Trump’s rhetoric about the potential for a “rigged” election. According to these experts, Trump’s claim that election results may be illegitimate because of a system supposedly rife with voter fraud is alarming for a multitude of reasons. First, they […]

Filed Under: Blog, Issues, Money in Politics, "Rigged" Elections, Campaign Finance Reform Lobby, Donor Intimidation, Harry Reid, Voter Intimidation

CCP Calls on Gov. Brown to Veto Bill that Bypasses Voters

Bill violates 1988 law that bans tax subsidies for politicians Alexandria, VA – The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) sent a letter to California Governor Jerry Brown today urging him to veto California Senate Bill 1107, which permits the State of California and its localities to subsidize candidate campaigns with Californians’ tax dollars. This action directly violates the Political […]

Filed Under: Blog, Press Releases, Tax Financed Campaigns Press Release/In the News/Blog, Governor Jerry Brown, Political Reform Act of 1974, S.B. 1107, California

Letter to California Governor Jerry Brown on Constitutional Issues with S.B. 1107

PDF of letter available here Via fax and mail The Honorable Governor Jerry Brown c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173 Sacramento, CA 95814 Dear Governor Brown: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics,[1] I urge you to veto Senate Bill 1107, which amends the Political Reform Act of 1974 to permit the State of California […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State, State Comments and Testimony, Tax Financed Campaigns Comments, Tax Financed Campaigns State, Tax-Financing, Governor Jerry Brown, Political Reform Act of 1974, S.B. 1107, California