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Do Commissioners Weintraub and Ravel Want the FEC to Fail?

Ann Ravel, the Democratic Chair of the Federal Election Commission, made headlines early this month when she told The New York Times that her agency was “worse than dysfunctional” and that “the likelihood of the [federal campaign finance] laws being enforced is slim.” Democratic Commissioner Ellen Weintraub chimed in, saying “the few rules that are […]

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What Can Bike Lanes Teach Us About Campaign Finance Laws?

Vox’s Matthew Yglesias writes about how efforts to create new bike lanes are hindered, ironically, by environmental protection laws: “[A]t a high level the issue is that environmental impact review requirements were written with the general spirit of ‘Let’s worry about someone proposing to do something bad.’ Yet it turns out the exact same process […]

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Significant Constitutional and Practical Issues with Washington House Bill 2256

The Honorable Sam Hunt The Honorable Steve Bergquist The Honorable Jeff Holy Re:  Significant Constitutional and Practical Issues with House Bill 2256 Dear Chair Hunt, Vice Chair Bergquist, Ranking Minority Member Holy, Assistant Ranking Minority Member Van Werven, and members of the House State Government Committee: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics, I […]

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Two Years Later: A Condensed Timeline of the IRS Political Targeting Scandal

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Tax-Financed Campaigns and Corruption in New York: The Wrong Treatment for the Right Diagnosis

The arrest of New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos on federal corruption charges has added fuel to the already fiery debate over just what’s wrong with Albany. Ciara Torres-Spelliscy makes a sharp observation on the subject: “In 2004 the Brennan Center called Albany the most dysfunctional legislature in the nation. One of the […]

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Comments on the Federal Election Commission’s “Public Forum on Women in Politics”

Chair Ann M. Ravel Vice Chairman Matthew S. Petersen Re:  Federal Election Commission “Public Forum on Women in Politics” Dear Chair Ravel, Vice Chairman Petersen, and fellow Commissioners: The Center for Competitive Politics[1] enthusiastically supports efforts to encourage greater participation in political campaigns. Actions to make it easier for citizens to run for office and […]

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It’s Not How Much You Give That Annoys Them, It’s What You Think

In an article titled, “How to Push Back Against Billionaire Donors,” Atlantic contributor Peter Beinart urges reporters to “do whatever it takes, consistent with journalistic ethics and the law,” to “scare away” donors to Super PACs. Hang on, it gets worse. He then points to the boycotting of hoteliers Matt Weiderpass and Ian Reisner as […]

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Political Climate Change: How Contribution Limits and Campaign Finance Regulations are Lengthening Campaigns for President

Why are campaigns so long these days? Why are so many candidates declaring their candidacies or announcing that they will “test the waters” for a potential presidential campaign in April 2015? It often feels like the campaign season starts earlier each cycle, but does it really? The Center for Competitive Politics looked at the major […]

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Constitutional and Practical Issues with Texas House Bill 37

The Honorable Joe Straus The Honorable Byron Cook Re:  Constitutional and Practical Issues with House Bill 37 Dear Speaker Straus, Representative Cook, and members of the House of Representatives: The Center for Competitive Politics respectfully submits the following comments on House Bill 37, as substituted by the House State Affairs Committee. This draconian measure would […]

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What Vox Gets Wrong About Super PACs

Over at Vox, Ezra Klein suggests that journalists digging into the Clinton Foundation may have their priorities out of order. While acknowledging that “these investigations are worthy,” he claims “the daily corruption that powers modern presidential campaigns is much, much worse” than any potential conflicts of interest arising from the Clinton Foundation. There is much […]

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