Comments to California Fair Political Practices Commission on Proposed Changes to 2 Cal. Code Regs. § 18225.7 (“Made at the Behest; Independent Versus Coordinated Expenditures”)

BY E-MAIL ([email protected]) AND FACSIMILE (916- 322-6440) California Fair Political Practices Commission c/o: Jack Woodside, Senior Commission Counsel 428 J Street, Suite 620 Sacramento, CA 95814 Re:      October 15, 2015 Meeting Agenda General Item #64; Comments on Proposed Changes to 2 Cal. Code Regs. § 18225.7 (“Made at the Behest; Independent Versus Coordinated Expenditures”) […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State Comments and Testimony, California Fair Political Practices Commission, coordination, Independent Expenditures, California

Comments to Montana Commissioner of Political Practices on Mont. Admin. Reg. Notice No. 44-2-207

BY EMAIL ([email protected]) The Hon. Jonathan Motl Commissioner of Political Practices State of Montana 1209 Eighth Avenue Helena, MT 59620 Re:      Comments on Mont. Admin. Reg. Notice No. 44-2-207 Dear Commissioner Motl: The Center for Competitive Politics (“CCP”) submits these comments in response to your office’s proposed changes to ARM § 44.10.301 et seq., as […]

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Comments to Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission Regarding Revised Draft Rules; Ariz. Admin. Code R2-20-109(F)

BY EMAIL ([email protected]) Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission Attn. Alec Shaffer 1616 W. Adams, Suite 110 Phoenix, AZ 85007 Re:      Comments regarding revised draft rules; Ariz. Admin. Code R2-20-109(F) Dear Commissioners: The Center for Competitive Politics (“CCP”) submits these comments in response to the revised draft rules that the Commission proposed at its July 23 […]

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Comments to Montana Commissioner of Political Practices Regarding Proposed Changes to Montana ARM § 44.10.301 et seq.

BY EMAIL ([email protected]) The Hon. Jonathan Motl Commissioner of Political Practices State of Montana 1209 Eighth Avenue Helena, MT 59620 Re:      Comments Regarding Proposed Changes to ARM § 44.10.301 et seq. Dear Commissioner Motl: The Center for Competitive Politics (“CCP”)[1] submits these comments in response to your office’s initial draft of its proposed changes to […]

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The Hill: Members of Congress propose politicization of government contracts

Eric Wang During the New Deal era, agents of the Democratic administration coerced federal contractors benefiting from the government spending splurge to “purchase” political books at wildly inflated prices as a condition for continuing to receive lucrative government contracts. In response to this blatant shakedown, Congress amended the Hatch Act ethics law in 1940 to […]

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Comments to Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission Regarding Proposed Changes to Ariz. Admin. Code R2-20-109(F)

BY EMAIL ([email protected]) Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission Attn. Alec Shaffer 1616 W. Adams, Suite 110 Phoenix, AZ 85007 Re:      Comments regarding proposed changes to Ariz. Admin. Code R2-20-109(F) Dear Commissioners: The Center for Competitive Politics (“CCP”)[1] submits these comments in response to the Commission’s May 14, 2015 proposed changes to its rules purporting to […]

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Washington Post: The FEC already has rules on independent campaign spending (In the News)

Eric Wang According to Ruth Marcus’s June 14 op-ed column, “The FEC’s cry for help,” a petition filed by two commissioners at the Federal Election Commission with their own agency is a plea for their colleagues to “actually perform their duty” and “to write rules to ensure ‘dark money’ disclosure and super-PAC independence.” As if […]

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Comments to FEC regarding the Petition for Rulemaking on Federal Contractors (REG 2014-09) (Notice 2015-06)

BY EMAIL ([email protected]) Federal Election Commission Attn.: Amy L. Rothstein, Assistant General Counsel 999 E Street NW Washington, DC 20463 Re: Comments regarding the Petition for Rulemaking on Federal Contractors (REG 2014-09) (Notice 2015-06) Dear Commissioners: The Center for Competitive Politics (“CCP”) submits these comments in response to the Petition for Rulemaking (the “Petition”) filed […]

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Significant Constitutional and Practical Issues with Maine Legislative Document 1192 (S.P. 419)

The Honorable Scott Cyrway The Honorable Louis Luchini The Honorable Jonathan Kinney Re:  Significant Constitutional and Practical Issues with Legislative Document 1192 (S.P. 419) Dear Chairs Cyrway and Luchini, Ranking Minority Member Kinney, and members of the Joint Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs: On behalf of The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP),[1] Senior Fellow […]

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The Hill: ’Fugees from the war on political speech (In the News)

By Eric Wang According to the complaint, the contributions by SPM Holdings violated a provision in the federal campaign finance laws prohibiting making “contributions in the name of another,” and should have been publicly attributed on FEC reports as having come from Pras. Lacking any specific information about the company’s corporate structure, the complaint nonetheless asserts that FEC regulations promulgated […]

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