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Enabling the Harassment of Donors for Their Beliefs is Not Free Speech

A consistent refrain from defenders of free speech is that the remedy for speech you dislike is more speech, not less. This logic was turned on its head in an article in Barron’s recently. The author, Thomas G. Donlan, spends most of the article highlighting very effectively the “tangled web” of campaign finance laws and […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Barron's, Harassment, Thomas G. Donlan

Analysis of Multnomah Co. Measure Number 26-184 (“Fair Elections and Clean Governance Charter Amendment”)

PDF of analysis available here This November, the citizens of Multnomah County, Oregon – the county where the City of Portland is located – will be asked to approve “A Fair Elections and Clean Governance Charter Amendment” (“Amendment”). The Amendment may impact the First Amendment rights of all citizens of Multnomah County and nonprofit organizations […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Comments, Disclosure State, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State, State Comments and Testimony, Civil Cause of Action, Enforcement, Oregon

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

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

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

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

Maine Activists Embrace Taxpayer Subsidies for Politicians in Ignorance of Systemic Flaws

In Maine, some speech regulatory activists are already celebrating the 2016 election cycle as an important milestone. Not because they are expecting higher voter turnout, more competitive races, or more women or minority candidates running for office. Rather, these activists are giddy that more politicians are taking the hard-earned dollars of Maine taxpayers to run […]

Filed Under: Blog, Tax Financed Campaigns Press Release/In the News/Blog, Tax-Financing, corruption, Maine Citizens for Clean Elections, Maine Clean Election Act, Arizona, Connecticut, Maine, New York

CEOs May Influence Their Employees’ Contributions – and That’s Okay

A recent study purports to find a new link between the political activities of CEOs and their employees. After reviewing a large sample of S&P 1,500 firms from 1999 to 2014, the researchers found “strong evidence” that changes in the political preferences of CEOs affect employee contributions to candidates, and possibly their voter turnout. The […]

Filed Under: Blog, Corporate Governance, Corporate Governance Press Release/In the News/Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, CEOs, corporate speech, Influence, Securities and Exchange Commission