Bipartisan group of campaign finance experts urge FEC to improve forms

A bipartisan group of seven well-known campaign finance lawyers, including a bipartisan group of three former Federal Election Commission (FEC) chairmen, today petitioned the FEC to propose new rules providing for improved forms and instructions and to implement the Administrative Fines Program (AFP) law adopted last year. The petition notes that grassroots “or unsophisticated filers [...]

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The Lie that Just Won’t Die: Do Tax-Financed Campaigns Help Female Candidates?

Maine State Senator Ed Youngblood is a rare breed of Republican: one who supports tax-financed campaign programs. Because of that fact, he gets a lot of publicity from left-leaning organizations and publications that wish to advertise tax-financing schemes as nonpartisan “good government” initiatives rather than the failed, ideological experiments they are. In our experience, most [...]

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It’s Aliiive? President Obama to Revive Push for Contractor Disclosure?

The Daily Beast reports that at tonight’s State of the Union address, President Barack Obama will again criticize the Supreme Court’s decision in 2010’s Citizens United v. FEC on the eve of its fifth anniversary and propose a new version of a previously-abandoned draft Executive Order expanding disclosure requirements for companies holding government contracts. Back [...]

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Brad Smith’s Comments on Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in Response to McCutcheon v. FEC

 January 15, 2015 Via Electronic Submission System Available for download at this link. Federal Election Commission Attn: Amy L. Rothstein, Assistant General Counsel 999 E Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20463 RE: Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking [REG 2014-01] On October 9, 2014, the Commission issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in Response to McCutcheon [...]

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A Response to Ken Vogel

This Wednesday, January 21st, CCP will be holding a conference on Citizens United v. FEC’s fifth anniversary. As we all know, Citizens United struck down bans on corporate and union political activity, and combined with the en banc D.C. Circuit’s unanimous opinion in v. FEC[1] just a few months later, allowed outside groups other [...]

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Center for Competitive Politics Reacts To Public Citizen Report

CCP President David Keating: “Mere suspicion is not actual evidence – it’s the stuff of a conspiracy theorists and hysterics.” Alexandria, VA – The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) today released the following statement today in response to a report by Public Citizen claiming rampant coordination between Super PACs and the candidates they support: “Public Citizen’s [...]

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Hysterical Focus on Large Donors Clouds Campaign Reality

The Brennan Center for Justice, Center for Media and Democracy, Common Cause, Demos, Justice at Stake, Public Campaign, Public Citizen and U.S. PIRG held an event today decrying the Citizens United decision. Here is Center for Competitive Politics President David Keating’s reaction: There’s too little spent on campaigns, not too much. Limits protect incumbents and [...]

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Media Watch: Last Week’s Must Read Articles from the Wall Street Journal

This has been a great week for coverage of important campaign finance and political issues. Center for Competitive Politics’ researcher Scott Blackburn wrote an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, “Not Even Reformers Can Follow Campaign-Finance Law,” highlighting how the community advocating for increased policing of political speech doesn’t seem to understand how onerous their [...]

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Letter: Need For Proper Rulemaking Processes and Analyses in Upcoming IRS Proposal

December 19,2014 VIA E-MAIL and U.S. MAIL Available for download here. Mr. Howard Shelanski Administrator Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs 725 17th Street, NW Washington, DC 20503 Re: Need For Proper Rulemaking Processes and Analyses in Upcoming IRS Proposal Dear Mr. Shelanski: Just over a year ago, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Department [...]

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Fact versus Narrative

We were pleased to see The New York Times recently acknowledge that campaign spending in the 2014 election cycle declined from spending in the previous midterm – the 2010 election cycle. It’s an important fact that challenges the dominant narrative of money growing ever larger and more pervasive in American democracy and invites us to [...]

Filed Under: Blog, Money in Politics, Media Matters for America, The New York Times