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Significant Constitutional and Practical Issues with Connecticut Senate Bill 1126 (as Substituted)

The Honorable Martin M. Looney The Honorable Len Fasano Re:  Significant Constitutional and Practical Issues with Senate Bill 1126 (as Substituted) Dear President Pro Tempore Looney, Senate Minority Leader Fasano, and members of the Senate: On behalf of The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP),[1] Senior Fellow Eric Wang[2] has analyzed S.B. 1126, as substituted favorably [...]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State Comments and Testimony, Super PACs, coordination, Connecticut

The New York Times (Sort Of) Recognizes the Benefits of Super PACs

Most Americans know April 15th as Tax Day, but campaign finance observers also know it as the date when presidential candidates file their campaign’s first-quarter fundraising report. Traditionally, these filings have had a significant impact on media coverage and public perception of candidates. Those who demonstrated fundraising prowess early on were presumed to be front-runners [...]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Super PACs, SpeechNow.org v. FEC, The New York Times

Updated Coalition Letter in support of “Fair Treatment for All Gifts Act” (H.R. 1104)

April 15, 2015 PDF available here. Dear Representative: The undersigned civil liberties, free expression, and nonprofit advocacy groups and attorneys who represent advocacy organizations have a wide variety of views on the political spectrum. However, we are united in writing to express our strong support of the Fair Treatment for All Gifts Act (H.R. 1104). [...]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Federal Comments and Testimony, IRS, Gift Tax

Support for Tax-Financed Presidential Campaigns Sinks to New Low

Over at NPR, Peter Overby reviews the decline of the Presidential Public Funding Program. Created in 1972, the program provides tax dollars to presidential candidates who agree to limit their campaign spending. Funding comes from a voluntary $3 check-off box prominently located at the top of the 1040 tax form alongside your first and last [...]

Filed Under: Blog, Tax Financed Campaigns Press Release/In the News/Blog, Presidential Public Funding Program

Coalition Letter in support of “Fair Treatment for All Gifts Act” (H.R. 1104)

April 13, 2015 PDF available here. Dear Representative: The undersigned civil liberties, free expression, and nonprofit advocacy groups and attorneys who represent advocacy organizations have a wide variety of views on the political spectrum. However, we are united in writing to express our strong support of the Fair Treatment for All Gifts Act (H.R. 1104). Application [...]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Federal Comments and Testimony, IRS, Gift Tax

Significant Constitutional and Practical Issues with California Assembly Bill 1494

The Honorable Sebastian Ridley-Thomas The Honorable Shannon L. Grove Re:  Significant Constitutional and Practical Issues with Assembly Bill 1494 Dear Chair Ridley-Thomas, Vice Chair Grove, and members of the Assembly Elections and Redistricting Committee: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics, I respectfully submit the following comments to highlight serious constitutional and practical problems [...]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State Comments and Testimony, Independent Expenditures, Taxes, California

Amendment Recommendations for California Assembly Bill 594

The Honorable Sebastian Ridley-Thomas The Honorable Shannon L. Grove Re:  Amendment Recommendations for Assembly Bill 594 Dear Chair Ridley-Thomas, Vice Chair Grove, and members of the Assembly Elections and Redistricting Committee: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics (CCP),[1] I write to inform the Committee’s consideration of Assembly Bill 594. As introduced, the bill [...]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State Comments and Testimony, "Major Donor" Reporting, California Fair Political Practices Commission, Committee Reporting, California

(Re)Formerly Logical: Mandatory Contracting Disclosure (Cartoon)

  Forcing government bureaucrats to review government contractors’ political ideologies doesn’t help prevent corruption. It simply provides contracting officials with an easy way to choose winners and losers based on politics.

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Why Did Ted Cruz Supporters Create Four Super PACs?

Several news accounts report that four pro-Cruz super PACs with the names “Keep the Promise,” “Keep the Promise I,” “Keep the Promise II” and “Keep the Promise III” have pledges for $31 million, a stunning haul for less than a week. I’ve never seen anyone organize a network of super PACs for the same candidate before. [...]

Filed Under: Blog, Money in Politics, Super PACs

Constitutional and Practical Issues with Minnesota House File 2015

The Honorable Kurt Daudt The Honorable Paul Thissen Re:  Constitutional and Practical Issues with House File 2015 Dear Speaker Daudt, Minority Leader Thissen, and members of the House: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics, I am writing you today to respectfully submit the following comments regarding the constitutional and practical impact of the [...]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure Comments, Disclosure State, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Money in Politics, State Comments and Testimony, Minnesota