Three Thoughts on the ABA’s Section 501(c)(4) Comments

Yesterday, the American Bar Association’s Taxation Section submitted comments on the IRS’s proposed regulations governing political activity by section 501(c)(4) organizations. As one would expect, it is a thorough and professional document. The contrast with the amateurish IRS effort that necessitated these comments is stark. While the comments should be read in their entirety, three […]

Filed Under: Blog, IRS, IRS and the Tea Party

Freedom of Information Act Appeal (FEC)

Chief FOIA Officer Federal Election Commission 999 E Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20463 Via Electronic Mail Re: Freedom of Information Act Appeal Dear Sir or Madam: This is an appeal under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), pursuant to 11 CFR § 4.8. On April 3, 2014, the Center for Competitive Politics (“CCP”) requested an […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Legal, Other Litigation

Christian Adams, the Election Law Listserv, and Private Speech

Christian Adams, who publishes the Rule of Law blog at PJ Media, created something of a dustup last week when he blasted Lois Lerner, the Campaign Legal Center’s Larry Noble, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and others for arguing that conservative groups ought to be threatened with possible criminal prosecutions. Mr. Adams makes some excellent points. […]

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Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request (FEC)

RE: Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request Dear Sir or Madam: This is a request for records under the Freedom of Information Act. Specifically, I write to request an unredacted copy of the First General Counsel’s Report, dated June 22, 2011, in the matter of Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies (MUR 6396). Pursuant to the Commission’s […]

Filed Under: Blog, Legal, Other Litigation

The IRS, “Political Activity,” and “Disclosure:” A Brief Rejoinder to Mr. Ryan

The Campaign Legal Center’s blog today republished a letter to the editor penned by Paul S. Ryan, the Center’s Senior Counsel. Entitled “The IRS is doing its job—or more accurately—contemplating doing its job after years of dereliction,” the letter responds to an opinion piece published by CCP’s Chairman, Bradley A. Smith, in the Wall Street […]

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In the News: Delaware Online: Should nonpartisan Delaware group be regulated?

Delaware Online: Should nonpartisan Delaware group be regulated? By Allen Dickerson and Zac Morgan Thanks to the new law, if Delaware Strong wants to distribute its voter guides before the 2014 election, it must register with the state, and file reports listing the names and addresses of its donors. Essentially, the new law makes Delaware […]

Filed Under: Current Case, Delaware Strong Families v. Biden Other Links, In the News, In the News Our Cases, Litigation Blog/Press Releases, Newsroom, Published Articles, Delaware

Thoughts on Yesterday’s Argument in McCutcheon v. FEC

By Allen Dickerson and Bradley A. Smith Yesterday’s argument in McCutcheon v. FEC provided a rare opportunity to watch the justices of the Supreme Court wrestle with the complex issues raised by campaign finance regulation. In particular, it gave them a chance to review and challenge the government’s case. Because that case relied upon no […]

Filed Under: Blog, Communications, Litigation Blog/Press Releases, McCutcheon v. FEC Other Links

DiNapoli Wastes Pension Funds in Qualcomm Suit

Thomas DiNapoli should reconsider his priorities. As New York State Comptroller, and the sole trustee of the New York State Common Retirement Fund, he controls over a hundred billion dollars set aside to pay for the retirements of New York’s government workers. Ensuring that those funds grow quickly enough to meet the state’s obligations is […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Featured Content, corporate governance, corporate speech, corporations, DiNapoli, frivolous lawsuit, Qualcomm, New York

Van Hollen Reversal a Victory for Free Speech

This morning, a unanimous federal appeals court overturned a lower court’s invalidation of an FEC regulation dealing with donor privacy. The lower court had ruled that organizations making electioneering communications – broadcast communications mentioning a candidate’s name within 60 days before a general election – must disclose all of their donors, even those unconnected to the ads […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Hispanic Leadership Fund, reversal, Van Hollen, District Of Columbia

Materiality and corporate political disclosure

Alison Frankel yesterday discussed shareholder activism in an interesting blog post on Thomson Reuters. She references my concerns about the relationship between materiality and corporate political disclosure. For the interested, I’d like to expand on the concept. What do you mean by “materiality.” In this context, I’m referring to material facts. That is: a fact […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, corporate disclosure, materiality, District Of Columbia