Illinois S.B. 1424; Taxpayer-Financed Campaigns – A Failed and Costly Policy

The Honorable Daniel J. Burke The Honorable Robert Rita The Honorable Joe Sosnowski Re:  S.B. 1424; Taxpayer-Financed Campaigns – A Failed and Costly Policy Dear Chairperson Burke, Vice-Chairperson Rita, Republican Spokesperson Sosnowski, and Members of the House Executive Committee: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics (the “Center”),[1] I respectfully submit the following comments […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State, State Comments and Testimony, Tax Financed Campaigns Comments, Tax Financed Campaigns State, Tax-Financing, Los Angeles, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, New Jersey

New CCP Issue Brief: “Dark Money” Drops to 2.9% of Campaign Spending in 2016

Brief finds that nonprofits have never accounted for more than 5% of all election campaign spending Alexandria, VA – The Center for Competitive Politics, America’s largest nonprofit defending First Amendment political free speech rights, released a new Issue Brief today analyzing the amount of so-called “dark money,” or election campaign spending by nonprofits that are not required […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Issues, Money in Politics, Newsroom, Press Releases, Dark Money, Nonprofit Spending, Political Committee Spending

Oregon H.B. 2578; Taxpayer-Financed Campaigns – A Failed and Costly Policy

The Honorable Jennifer Williamson The Honorable Mike McLane The Honorable Dan Rayfield Re:  H.B. 2578; Taxpayer-Financed Campaigns – A Failed and Costly Policy Dear Chair Williamson, Vice-Chair McLane, Vice-Chair Rayfield, and Members of the House Rules Committee: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics (the “Center”),[1] I respectfully submit the following comments concerning myriad […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State, State Comments and Testimony, Tax Financed Campaigns Comments, Tax Financed Campaigns State, Tax-Financing, Los Angeles, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Maine, New Jersey, New York, Oregon

Significant Constitutional and Practical Issues with Oklahoma Senate Bill 579

The Honorable Tom Gann 2300 N. Lincoln Boulevard Room 500 Oklahoma City, OK 73105 Re: Significant Constitutional and Practical Issues with Senate Bill 579 Dear Vice Chair Gann: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics (the “Center”),[1] I respectfully submit the following comments concerning constitutional and practical issues with portions of Senate Bill 579, […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Comments, Disclosure State, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State, State Comments and Testimony, Oklahoma

Constitutional and Practical Issues with California Assembly Bill 1104

The Honorable Ed Chau The Honorable Kevin Kiley RE: Constitutional and Practical Issues with Assembly Bill 1104 Dear Chair Chau, Vice Chair Kiley, and Members of the Assembly Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics (“the Center”),[1] I respectfully submit the following comments on constitutional and practical issues with […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State, State Comments and Testimony, False Statement Laws, sba list v. driehaus, United States v. Alvarez, California

Gorsuch’s Only Campaign Finance Case A Unanimous Decision Written by Obama Appointee

Alexandria, VA – The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) released the following statement about Judge Neil Gorsuch’s record on campaign finance laws: “There is only one campaign finance ruling by Judge Neil Gorsuch. He agreed with a unanimous opinion written by a judge appointed by Barack Obama,” said CCP President David Keating. “The law allowed […]

Filed Under: Blog, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits Press Release/In the News/Blog, Contribution Limits State, Press Releases, Gorsuch, Neil Gorsuch, Riddle v. Hickenlooper, Supreme Court, Colorado

Still Overbroad and Still Dangerous: Arkansas H.B. 1005 Threatens Nonprofit Groups’ Speech

PDF available here As amended by the sponsor on March 14, 2017, House Bill 1005 now contains only two major provisions. The first regulates “coordinated communications,” and the second creates a novel and excessively broad form of regulable speech: “political advertisements.” In both cases, the bill grants the five-member Arkansas Ethics Commission (“AEC”) unbridled discretion […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State, State Comments and Testimony, Arkansas Ethics Commission, coordination, Electioneering Communications, Arkansas

House Floor Amendment 1 to Kentucky Senate Bill 75: A Threat to Nonprofit Groups’ Speech and Kentuckians’ Privacy

PDF available here On March 6, 2017, Rep. James Kay filed House Floor Amendment 1 (“H.F.A. 1”) to Senate Bill 75. While S.B. 75 on its own represents a common sense increase to Kentucky’s severely outdated campaign contribution limit laws, H.F.A. 1 would attack the speech rights of groups and the privacy of citizens who […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Comments, Disclosure State, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State, State Comments and Testimony, Kentucky

Supreme Court Upholds Campaign Finance Disclosure Law

Alexandria, VA – The Supreme Court today affirmed without comment a ruling in the case Independence Institute v. Federal Election Commission, upholding the constitutionality of a campaign finance disclosure law. The Court’s order reflects agreement with the lower court’s result, but not necessarily its reasoning. Under the law challenged in the case, government reporting obligations are […]

Filed Under: Blog, Independence Institute v. FEC, Legal, Press Releases, U.S. Supreme Court, Independence Institute v. FEC, Completed Cases (Litigation)

CCP Applauds Nomination of Judge Gorsuch for Supreme Court

Alexandria, VA – The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP), America’s largest nonprofit defending First Amendment political speech rights, applauds President Trump’s selection of Tenth Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch as a nominee for the Supreme Court. “Judge Gorsuch’s opinions show an understanding that the role of a judge is not to enact his own preferences, but neither is […]

Filed Under: Blog, Press Releases, Donald Trump, Gorsuch, Neil Gorsuch, Supreme Court, Trump21