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“Corporate Political Spending and Foreign Influence” Forum Criticized

Alexandria, VA – The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP), America’s largest nonprofit defending First Amendment political speech rights, today released a statement on a forum at the Federal Election Commission (FEC) organized by Commissioner Ellen Weintraub entitled “Corporate Political Spending and Foreign Influence.” Weintraub is using government office space and FEC resources to promote the […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, IRS and the Tea Party, Money in Politics, Press Releases, Bradley A. Smith, Corporate spending, David keating, ellen weintraub, federal election commission, foreign nationals

Statement of Chairman Bradley A. Smith and President David Keating on FEC Commissioner Weintraub’s “Corporate Political Spending and Foreign Influence” Forum

PDF of the statement available here Today, Commissioner Ellen Weintraub has taken the unprecedented step of using her office to organize what is in essence a private forum, to be held at the Federal Election Commission (FEC). Titled “Corporate Political Spending and Foreign Influence,” the release announcing the event states that it “brings together some […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Federal, Federal Comments and Testimony, Money in Politics, Super PACs, Bank Secrecy Act, corporations, ellen weintraub, federal election commission, foreign nationals, Labor Unions

Senator Mad Federal Agency Won’t Help him Silence Opponents

Those who seek ever more regulation of political speech love to play hopscotch with government agencies. If the FEC won’t take up your cause, try the IRS. If the IRS isn’t buying it, head to the FCC. FCC isn’t interested? Maybe you can convince DOJ to take action. “Reformers” don’t seem to care what the […]

Filed Under: Blog, Corporate Governance, Corporate Governance Press Release/In the News/Blog, IRS and the Tea Party, Chuck Schumer, Federal Communications Commission, federal election commission, Mary Jo White, Securities and Exchange Commission

Cuomo hit on anti-speech “BDS” policy

Alexandria, VA – This morning, Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) Chairman Bradley A. Smith and President David Keating sent a letter to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo urging him to modify or rescind his Executive Order opposing the “BDS” campaign against Israel. The Order infringes on First Amendment speech rights. Here are excerpts from the letter: […]

Filed Under: Blog, Press Releases, Anti-"BDS" Policy, Bradley A. Smith, David keating, Executive Order No. 157, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, New York

Letter to New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on Constitutional Issues with Executive Order No. 157

PDF of the letter available here Via fax and mail The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo Governor of New York State NYS State Capitol Building Albany, NY 12224 Dear Governor Cuomo: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics,[1] we write in regards to Executive Order No. 157, which you issued on June 5, and which […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State Comments and Testimony, BDS, Executive Order No. 157, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, New York

Petition for Rulemaking to Strengthen Political Parties

A new FEC rulemaking petition from Sandler Reiff looks to strengthen political parties. State and local party committees play a critical role in the American political system. First, they play an important role in our democracy by pursuing political goals that a majority of Americans support. Second these committees are well situated to perform grassroots […]

Filed Under: Blog, FEC, Political Parties

ICYMI: Former Obama Counsel Bauer on “Major” Disclosure Case at Supreme Court

“[Delaware Strong Families] has received little attention – far less than it should” Alexandria, VA – On the MoreSoftMoneyHardLaw.com blog, former White House Counsel to President Obama, Bob Bauer, writes about Delaware Strong Families v. Denn, which the Supreme Court will review on Thursday. The Center for Competitive Politics is representing Delaware Strong Families in the case. […]

Filed Under: Blog, Delaware Strong Families v. Biden Other Links, Press Releases, Bob Bauer, SCOTUSblog, Delaware

Forthcoming Kimberley Strassel Book Chronicles Progressive Attacks on Free Speech

Ever since the Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling in Citizens United v. FEC – which allowed businesses and unions to voice their support or opposition to political candidates through independent expenditures – many left-of-center critics have been hell-bent on redefining the First Amendment to allow the government to police political speech at incumbent politicians and rogue […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, IRS and the Tea Party, Kimberley Strassel, The Intimidation Game: How the Left Is Silencing Free Speech, The Wall Street Journal, Wisconsin

Letter in Support of H.R. 5053 (“Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act”)

PDF of the letter available here Dear Representative: The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP)[1] writes in support of H.R. 5053, the “Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act,” sponsored by Representative Peter Roskam (R-IL). This sensible and much-needed measure would end the statutory requirement that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) collect sensitive information on […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Federal Comments and Testimony, IRS and the Tea Party, Form 990, Schedule B

Where’s the corruption in speaking to voters?

This week, Senate Democrats unveiled their plan to get favorable media coverage this election season: grandstand on a package of nonstarter proposals to radically expand laws regulating political speech. (I guess because it worked so well in 2014?) If the proposals are sincere, they are also woefully misguided. The rollout of the talking points gave […]

Filed Under: Blog, Money in Politics, Super PACs, "We The People" Act, corruption, Merrick Garland, Senator Al Franken, Senator Jerry Moran