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We give Fact Checker one-half Pinocchio: Super PACs and our complex campaign finance system

Back when I was serving as Chairman of the Federal Election Commission, I met with a delegation of officials from China. Since they spoke little English, we conversed through an interpreter. They were full of questions about campaign finance in the U.S., and soon I was trying to explain our incredibly regulated, complex system. There […]

Filed Under: Amending the Constitution, Blog, Communications, Contribution Limits, Media Resources, Bernie Sanders, Charles Idelson, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Fact Checker, First Amendment, Michelle Ye Hee Lee, National Nurses United for Patient Protection, super PACs

“Big Money” Fails to Buy Iowa and New Hampshire Voters

Alexandria, VA – The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP), America’s largest nonprofit working to promote and defend First Amendment rights to free political speech, assembly, and petition, today released an issue brief showing that money spent by candidates and super PACs was negatively correlated with the votes they received in Iowa and New Hampshire. Jeb Bush’s campaign provides […]

Filed Under: Blog, Money in Politics, Press Releases, Super PACs, Ben Carson, Donald Trump, independent spending, Iowa Caucuses, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, New Hampshire Primary, Iowa, New Hampshire

Iowa and New Hampshire Results Indicate Money’s Failure to Buy the 2016 Election

As this Issue Brief discusses, results from the 2016 Iowa Caucus and New Hampshire Primary highlight that the age-old adage that “money buys elections” is a myth. An analysis by the Center for Competitive Politics reveals that total spending to date by candidates and super PACs supporting the 2016 Republican hopefuls was, in fact, negatively […]

Filed Under: Blog, Money in Politics, Super PACs, Ben Carson, Donald Trump, independent spending, Iowa Caucuses, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, New Hampshire Primary, Iowa, New Hampshire

Proponents of Bad Government

The Federal Election Commission receives a lot of criticism these days, including from its own commissioners. But so too does Congress for the campaign finance laws it has passed (or, in some cases, not passed) and the Supreme Court for its rulings on campaign finance cases. Much of that criticism is founded on mistaken beliefs […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Media Watch, Money in Politics, FEC, federal election commission, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Larry Lessig and the Barriers to Political Campaigning

“We’ve now created the green primary, where only the funders get to vote and they vote on who will have the money necessary to run their campaigns.” That’s how Harvard Professor-turned-political activist Larry Lessig describes politics today, drawing explicit comparisons to “white primaries” in the Jim Crow south that systematically disenfranchised African-American voters. Lessig formed […]

Filed Under: Blog, DNC, Larry Lessig, Media, Political Parties, super PACs

Citizens Misguided: Media Myths about Citizens United Persist in 2016

The Daily Beast recently marked the six year anniversary of Citizens United by carrying on one of the decision’s most prominent legacies: spurring members of the media to embarrass themselves by failing to grasp even the most basic aspects of the ruling. Jay Michaelson, “a writer and LGBT activist in the USA who writes on […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Super PACs, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, Jay Michaelson, The Daily Beast

Comments to the SEC on MSRB and FINRA Pay-to-Play Rules, File No. SR-MSRB-2015-14, File No. SR-FINRA-2015-056

Via Electronic Submission Mr. Brent Fields Secretary Securities and Exchange Commission 100 F Street, NE Washington, DC 20549-1090 Re:      MSRB and FINRA Pay-to-Play Rules, File No. SR-MSRB-2015-14, File No. SR-FINRA-2015-056 To the Chairman and Commissioners: This letter is submitted on behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics (“CCP”), a § 501(c)(3) organization founded to educate […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Federal, Federal Comments and Testimony, FINRA, MAP, MSRB, pay-to-play, SEC

An Embarrassment at the FEC

If you want to know why things seem so contentious at the Federal Election Commission, we would call your attention to a recent Statement of Reasons by Commissioners Ann Ravel and Ellen Weintraub. Last month, in MUR 6535, the Commission reached a conciliation agreement with Restore Our Future, a Super PAC that advocated the election of […]

Filed Under: Blog, Brad Smith, Ann Ravel, Charlie Spies, coordination, ellen weintraub, FEC, federal election commission, Restore Our Future

Seven Pro-Free Speech Provisions in Omnibus and Tax Extenders Deal

Alexandria, VA – The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP), America’s largest nonprofit working to promote and defend First Amendment rights to free political speech, assembly, and petition, today released a fact sheet praising seven provisions in the Omnibus appropriations and tax extenders bills that protect or enhance First Amendment free speech and association rights. To read CCP’s fact sheet, click here. Among […]

Filed Under: Blog, IRS, Press Releases, Gift Tax, Omnibus, SEC, Tax Extenders

Omnibus and Tax Extenders Bills Contain Seven Provisions Safeguarding Free Speech

On December 16, 2015, Democrats and Republicans in Congress struck a deal on omnibus spending and Tax Extenders legislation. Lawmakers should be lauded for including seven provisions in these bills that protect or enhance First Amendment free speech and free association rights, including the constitutionally-protected right of private giving to advocate for social change. Specifically, […]

Filed Under: Blog, Corporate Governance Federal, Corporate Governance Handouts, Federal, Federal Press Releases and Blogs, IRS, IRS and the Tea Party, Executive order, Gift Tax, Omnibus, SEC, Tax Extenders