Wilmington News Journal: Delaware law wrongly invades your privacy (In the News)

Allen Dickerson Should newspapers need the government’s permission to report candidates’ positions on issues? Should they be forced to disclose their sources just because they mention a candidate? Should anyone? Not in America, you might say. Unfortunately, the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled in favor of a Delaware law forcing nonprofit groups […]

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Wagner, Super PAC Contributions, and the SEC

Following this week’s en banc D.C. Circuit ruling in Wagner v. FEC, some commentators have suggested that the federal ban on contractor contributions should reach funds given to super PACs that make only independent expenditures. Over at the Election Law Blog, Public Citizen’s Craig Holman goes a step further, suggesting that Securities and Exchange Commission […]

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Orlando Sentinel: Campaigns, however annoying, serve a higher importance (In the News)

Allen Dickerson But for all our love of elections, the business of campaigning for office leaves a bad taste in our mouths. We are bombarded by ads, become bored by the rote recitation of stump speeches, and cringe at the inevitable gaffes that accompany a world of smartphones and Internet access. Aside from a small […]

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Washington Post: IRS review of nonprofits and advocacy (In the News)

Allen Dickerson While the law says that such nonprofits must be operated for social welfare purposes, it does not bar political activity. Nor have the IRS or the courts suggested that merely engaging in political activity confers a “private benefit.” Congress banned charities from candidate advocacy but said that “Section 527” groups must spend a […]

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Comments on Colorado Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Rules Concerning Campaign and Political Finance 8 CCR 1505-6

The Honorable Wayne W. Williams Secretary, Colorado Department of State RE: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Rules Concerning Campaign and Political Finance 8 CCR 1505-6 Dear Secretary Williams: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics, I write to offer comments on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Rules Concerning Campaign and Political Finance (“NPRM”). Founded in […]

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Standards for tax exemption for social welfare organizations

The Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, John Koskinen, was recently quoted as stating that under “the framework Congress has set up,” § 501(c)(4) organizations are permitted to “spend a significant amount on politics”—up to 49% of their budgets. This unremarkable assertion reflects the general understanding of tax lawyers and nonprofit organizations. Nevertheless, a predictable […]

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A Welcome Decision in SBA List v. Driehaus

By Allen Dickerson and Zac Morgan It may not be this Term’s flashiest political speech decision, but today’s unanimous Supreme Court decision in Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus is certainly a welcome ruling. While the case did not directly decide the constitutionality of Ohio’s “truth in politics” statute, it paves the way for a […]

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Comment on the New York Emergency Regulations Relative to Independent Expenditure Reporting

Chairman James A. Walsh Chairman Douglas A. Kellner New York State Board of Elections 40 North Pearl St., Ste. 5 Albany, NY 12207-2729 Via Electronic Mail: [email protected] Dear Co-Chairman Kellner, Co-Chairman Walsh, and Members of the Board: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics (“CCP”),[1] I write to respectfully comment on the Emergency Regulations […]

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Application for section 501(c)(4) status by Crossroads GPS

Honorable John Koskinen, Commissioner Tamera Ripperda, Director of Exempt Organizations Internal Revenue Service 1111 Constitution Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20224 Re: Application for section 501(c)(4) status by Crossroads GPS Dear Commissioner Koskinen and Director Ripperda: On May 6, Democracy 21 and the Campaign Legal Center (CLC) wrote you “to urge the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) […]

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Was the Chief Justice’s McCutcheon Opinion Honest? A Response to Fred Wertheimer

In a lengthy press release posted earlier this week, Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer argues that one should “question the openness and candor” of Chief Justice John Roberts’s opinion in McCutcheon v. FEC. In holding that “corruption,” as that term was used in the 1976 decision of Buckley v. Valeo, must be limited to quid-pro-quo […]

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