The need to remember, and the passing of Curtis Gans

Curtis Gans passed away on Sunday, March 15, of cancer. Gans served for many years as Director of the Center for the Study of the American Electorate at American University. His cause through the last 30 years of his life was trying to address the decline in civic participation in America, in particular as it [...]

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Corruption versus Influence

Tom Friedman’s latest column in The New York Times (‘Is It Sheldon Adelson’s World?’) describes how political donor Sheldon Adelson spends his money differently in America and Israel, and in so doing illustrates the limits of what campaign finance regulation can achieve: “Israel has much stricter laws on individuals donating to political campaigns, so Adelson [...]

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O’Keefe v. Chisholm: Amicus Brief On Petition for a Writ of Certiorari

No.14-872 In the Supreme Court of the United States ____________________________ Eric O’Keefe and Wisconsin Club for Growth, Inc., Petitioners, v. John T. Chisholm, et al., Respondents.   On Petition for a Writ of Certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit    Download the PDF file .   Download complete brief [...]

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Mayday! Mayday! Responding to Professor Lessig’s defense of Mayday PAC’s lawbreaking

Larry Lessig this week produced a second, more thorough, response to our complaint filed with the FEC against his Mayday PAC. Prof. Lessig’s latest response can, I believe, be accurately summarized into three points: one, disclaimer laws are not too complicated, they are actually straightforward, but vendors employed by Mayday PAC failed to correctly adopt [...]

Filed Under: Blog, Brad Smith, Center for Competitive Politics, disclaimers, FEC, Lessig, Mayday

Nevada Supreme Court Decision Vindicates Free Speech, But Narrowly

In a 5-2 decision, the Nevada Supreme Court recently vindicated the right of a citizen advocacy group to hold politicians accountable without having to register and report with the government. Reversing a lower state court, the Nevada high court held that Citizen Outreach, which was represented by the Center for Competitive Politics, did not engage [...]

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CCP Wins Nevada Express Advocacy Case

CCP President David Keating: “This is an important victory for free speech.” Alexandria, VA - The Nevada Supreme Court today ruled that the state government could not force a group of citizens to register with the state before circulating mailings that criticized an officeholder. In a major victory for free speech, the Court held that Citizens [...]

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Oral Comments of Bradley A. Smith: Federal Election Commission Hearing on Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in Light of McCutcheon, et al. v. FEC

Thank you Chair Ravel, Vice-Chair Petersen, and Commissioners. I am pleased to appear here today as the Chairman of the Center for Competitive Politics, and also as a member of public, from my home in Granville, Ohio, population 5646 (if you include the college students). As we start this long day of comment, it is [...]

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Ad Spending On Super Bowl Dwarfs “Dark Money” In Elections

Alexandria, VA – Advertising costs for Sunday’s Super Bowl were more than double the amount of so-called “dark money” political spending in the 2014 election cycle, according to a comparison of data by the Center for Competitive Politics. Groups that want more campaign finance regulations frequently hyped the role of “dark money” in the midterms. [...]

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Reddit Calls Out CRP Bias

Once again, members of the popular online community Reddit are calling out the “reform” community on their anti-Citizens United hysteria and hypocrisy in focusing almost exclusively on conservative donors (for more on the last attempt check out Trevor Burrus’ rundown here*). The Center for Responsive Politics hosted an “ask me anything” (abbreviated to AMA) on Friday [...]

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2015 Proxy Season: The Relentless Targeting of Political Speech Continues

The 2015 proxy season is underway and all indications suggest that it will be another record-breaking year for the number of proposals targeting companies on their corporate political spending and lobbying activities. In 2014, political and lobbying disclosure comprised 22% of all shareholder proposals with 86 that went to a vote. Meanwhile, the Fortune 250 [...]

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