Analysis of the “South Dakota Government Accountability and Anti-Corruption Act” (2016 Initiated Measure 22)

PDF of analysis available here By Eric Wang, Senior Fellow[1] This November, South Dakotans will be asked to approve or reject ten statewide ballot questions. Among these is Initiated Measure 22, which would make approximately 70 changes to the state’s campaign finance and lobbying laws. While some of these provisions are minor, others set forth […]

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Washington Times: Joyful Noise unites ‘citizens for Sanders’ (In the News)

Eric Wang Meanwhile, a Sanders supporter recently demonstrated that the current campaign finance laws are already so burdensome that even relatively sophisticated Americans cannot comply with them. Ironically, despite the resentment Sen. Sanders has unfairly stoked against the Citizens United decision, this corporate supporter “feeling the Bern” ran smack into multiple legal obstacles that prevent […]

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Analysis of the Proposed Minnesota Constitutional Amendment Requiring Disclosure of Certain Contributions and Campaign Expenditures (H.F. 2727)

The Honorable Kurt Daudt The Honorable Paul Thissen Re:  Analysis of the Proposed Minnesota Constitutional Amendment Requiring Disclosure of Certain Contributions and Campaign Expenditures (H.F. 2727) Dear Speaker Daudt, Minority Leader Thissen, and members of the House: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics (CCP),[1] we respectfully submit the following comments analyzing a bill […]

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Analysis of the Proposed Minnesota Constitutional Amendment Requiring Disclosure of Certain Contributions and Campaign Expenditures (S.F. 3117)

The Honorable Thomas M. Bakk The Honorable David W. Hann Re:  Analysis of the Proposed Minnesota Constitutional Amendment Requiring Disclosure of Certain Contributions and Campaign Expenditures (S.F. 3117) Dear Majority Leader Bakk, Minority Leader Hann, and members of the Senate: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics (CCP),[1] we respectfully submit the following comments […]

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Seven Myths about Disclosure Masquerading as “Realities”

This Issue Brief by Center for Competitive Politics Senior Fellow Eric Wang[1] analyzes seven alleged “myths” about campaign finance disclosure as discussed by the pro-regulation Campaign Legal Center. The Campaign Legal Center (CLC) recently issued a briefing paper worthy of Lewis Carroll.[2] Purporting to explain “Seven Myths (and Realities) about Disclosure,”[3] the CLC paper instead […]

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USA Today: Liberals should thank Scalia for right to blast GOP on Supreme Court (In the News)

Eric Wang The Citizens United and Wisconsin Right to Life rulings made it possible for advocacy groups today to put the heat of public opinion on senators and presidential candidates to confirm or block Supreme Court nominees, and to push this as a campaign issue. Ironically, many of the same groups exercising their speech rights […]

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Washington Times: An alternative to nonstop political fundraising (In the News)

Eric Wang If Mr. Jolly is correct that members spend too much time fundraising because of the campaign finance laws, it is not for the reason he thinks. When the federal contribution limits were originally enacted in 1974, an individual could give $1,000 per election to a candidate, and a PAC could give $5,000 per […]

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Comments to IRS on NPRM, REG-138344-13 (Nonprofit Donor SSN Reporting)

Via Federal eRulemaking Portal The Hon. John A. Koskinen Commissioner of Internal Revenue CC:PA:LPD:PR (REG-138344-13) Room 5203 Internal Revenue Service P.O. Box 7604, Ben Franklin Station Washington, DC 20044 RE:      Comments on IRS NPRM, REG-138344-13 Dear Commissioner Koskinen: The Center for Competitive Politics (“CCP”) submits these comments in response to the above-referenced Notice of Proposed […]

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Comments to Montana Interim State Administration and Veterans’ Affairs Committee on Proposed Changes to Admin. Rules of Mont. § 44.11.101 et seq.

BY EMAIL ([email protected]) State Administration and Veterans’ Affairs (“SAVA”) Interim Committee, Montana State Legislature c/o: Ginger Aldrich, Committee Staff Attorney PO Box 201706 Helena, MT 59620-1706 Re:  Proposed Changes to Admin. Rules of Mont. § 44.11.101 et seq. (Commissioner of Political Practices) Dear Chair Brown, Vice Chair Bennett, and Members of the SAVA Committee: The Center […]

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Don’t fear Wisconsin campaign finance fix (In the News)

Eric Wang The Brennan Center further objects that “limiting disclosure to groups that run ads explicitly asking viewers to vote for or against a candidate means that the vast majority of super PAC and other outside spending will stay in the shadows.” To the contrary, the legislation requires super PACs to “make full reports…of all […]

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