CCP Asks FEC to Reconsider Enforcement Regime

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Center for Competitive Politics submitted comments [today,Friday] to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) in response to Notice 2013-01, Request for Comment on Enforcement Process. In the letter detailing the comments, CCP Legal Director Allen Dickerson outlines several steps CCP believes the Commission should take in carrying out its duty to enforce […]

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Campaign Finance Reformers: What’s Your Goal?

This happened in the streets of DC on Saturday and, if you missed it, here’s the gist: referencing Professor Lawrence Lessig’s TEDx talk from last week as a philosophical starting point, Josh Silver, CEO of the nonpartisan advocacy group United Republic and director of its Represent.Us campaign finance reform campaign, tells Moyers & Company’s Michael Winship about […]

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Super PACs Without Candidates

It’s something of a slow news day for the pro-speech side of campaign finance issues so here’s a piece from a young student writing for Policy Mic on how super PACs are shifting focus and moving a little more solidly into the realm of lobbying for political issues instead of political candidates. Without taking a […]

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CCP Chairman Bradley Smith Testifies Tomorrow Before Senate Judiciary Subcommittee about Campaign Finance Law Enforcement

CCP Chairman Bradley Smith Testifies Tomorrow Before Senate Judiciary Subcommittee about Campaign Finance Law Enforcement ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Tomorrow morning, CCP Founder and former FEC Chairman Bradley Smith will testify before the the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, as part of a hearing on “Current Issues in Campaign Finance Law Enforcement.” The […]

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CCP Submits Comments on Montana Bill that would Seriously Burden the Political Speech of Many Organizations

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Center for Competitive Politics’ External Relations Director Matt Nese submitted comments today to the Montana House Judiciary Committee concerning Senate Bill 375, which proposes to overhaul Montana’s campaign finance laws, but, in doing so, generates a variety of serious constitutional issues. One of the primary issues with the legislation is the new, […]

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CCP Submits Comments on Montana Bill that Directly Violates Citizens United Decision

CCP Submits Comments on Montana Bill that Directly Violates Citizens United Decision ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Center for Competitive Politics’ Legal Director Allen Dickerson submitted comments today to the Montana House Judiciary Committee concerning Senate Bill 320, which blatantly contradicts the Supreme Court’s decisions in Citizens United v. FEC and American Tradition Partnership v. Bullock by prohibiting corporations from making independent expenditures or […]

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CCP Submits Comments on California Senate Bill that would Silence Corporate Speech

CCP Submits Comments on California Senate Bill that would Silence Corporate Speech ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Center for Competitive Politics’ External Relations Director Matt Nese submitted comments today to the California Senate Banking and Financial Institutions Committee concerning Senate Bill 121, which would require both California corporations and foreign corporations doing business in the state to notify all of their shareholders 24 hours prior to […]

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Coordination is Not a Foregone Conclusion

UPDATE: Public Citizen’s Taylor Lincoln, an author of the report, has provided a response to this post. In keeping with our high regard for free speech, it is presented in its entirety below: I believe that your April 3 blog post (“Coordination Is Not a Foregone Conclusion”) missed the point of Public Citizen’s report, which […]

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Nevada Bill Would Burden Nonprofit Groups’ Political Speech Rights

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Center for Competitive Politics’ External Relations Director Matt Nese submitted comments today to the Nevada Senate Legislative Operations and Elections Committee concerning Senate Bill 246, which expands the state’s definition of “committee for political action” to include any organization making an expenditure of $5,000, regardless of the nature and extent of its other activities. “Senate […]

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Disclosure for contribution limits: a fair trade?

Our friend Jonathan Rauch of The Atlantic believes he’s found a way to solve the problems inherent in the campaign finance system: he calls it “trade[ing] hostages.”  First, pass legislation requiring more disclosure. Democrats have proposed just that, in a law they call, creatively, the disclose Act. Second, pass a law raising today’s overly restrictive caps on […]

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