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Freedom and Equality vs. Cliches in the Fresno Bee

There’s a remarkably silly op-ed column in The Fresno Bee this week. Unfortunately, it’s typical of hundreds of editorials published around the country every year. This one is by a professor of political science at Fresno State University named Thomas Holyoke, who has written a book called “The Ethical Lobbyist.” It’s probably unfair to rip […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Media Watch, americans for prosperity, Common Sense, Dark Money, Federalist Papers, Fresno Bee, Fresno State, Thomas Holyoke

Analysis of the Proposed Minnesota Constitutional Amendment Requiring Disclosure of Certain Contributions and Campaign Expenditures (H.F. 2727)

The Honorable Kurt Daudt The Honorable Paul Thissen Re:  Analysis of the Proposed Minnesota Constitutional Amendment Requiring Disclosure of Certain Contributions and Campaign Expenditures (H.F. 2727) Dear Speaker Daudt, Minority Leader Thissen, and members of the House: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics (CCP),[1] we respectfully submit the following comments analyzing a bill […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure Comments, Disclosure State, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State Comments and Testimony, Minnesota DISCLOSE Act, Minnesota

Amicus Brief: In re Stephen M. Silberstein

Download Amicus Brief Please note:  On May 18, 2016, Mr. Stephen M. Silberstein withdrew his petition before the D.C. Circuit. Mr. Silberstein’s Stipulation of Voluntary Dismissal can be found here. “…Fundamentally, by means of this year’s Consolidated Appropriations Act, Congress and the President have precluded the Commission from acting upon Mr. Silberstein’s request. This fact […]

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Are Plutocrats Really Uniting?

The anti-First Amendment Campaign Legal Center recently hosted noted election-law professor Rick Hasen to discuss his book ‘Plutocrats United.’ Hasen presented the book’s “reform” themes of undue donor influence, corruption, and political inequality. And although he discredited standard talking points about “buying” elections, his evidence for the rich – the plutocrats – disproportionately influencing political […]

Filed Under: Blog, Benjamin Page, Martin Gilens, Oligarchy, Plutocrats United, Rick Hasen

Is Uber “Disrupting Democracy”?

Public Citizen has published a new report detailing how Uber Technologies, the company behind the popular ride-sharing app Uber, advocates for regulatory policies that allow it to operate in cities alongside traditional taxi companies. When faced with regulations that threaten Uber, the company organizes petition drives, pays for television advertising, and employs lobbyists to make […]

Filed Under: Blog, lobbying, public citizen, Uber

Comments to Representative Peter Roskam Rebutting Unfounded Arguments about H.R. 5053 (“Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act”)

PDF of the letter available here The Honorable Peter Roskam Dear Representative Roskam: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics,[1] thank you for your introducing H.R. 5053, the “Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act,” which would eliminate the IRS requirement that tax-exempt organizations must file their Form 990, Schedule B – listing […]

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

Who’s in on the Dirty Secret behind Tax-Financed Campaigns?

A little-noticed, but interesting op-ed from Public Citizen lobbyist Craig Holman appeared in The Washington Post recently advocating for tax-financed campaigns in Washington D.C. city elections. In his op-ed, Holman appears to take the unusual position that these programs are beneficial because they do not affect the outcome of races: For incumbent elected officials, the […]

Filed Under: Blog, Tax Financed Campaigns Press Release/In the News/Blog, Tax Financed Campaigns State, Tax-Financing, Craig Holman, D.C. City Council, public citizen, Arizona, Maine, New York

Analysis of Alabama S.B. 356 (Constitutional Amendment to Regulate Political Contributions and Spending)

The Honorable Del Marsh The Honorable Arthur Orr Re:  Analysis of S.B. 356 (Constitutional Amendment to Regulate Political Contributions and Spending) Dear President Pro Tempore Marsh, Senator Orr, and members of the Senate: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics (“CCP” or the “Center”),[1] we respectfully submit the following comments analyzing S.B. 356, as […]

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

Amicus Brief: French v. Jones in Support of Plaintiff-Appellant

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The FEC, LLCs, and Political Contribution Disclosure

Recently, there’s been a flap at the FEC about whether the Commission should have found certain actors were in violation of the laws governing disclosure for making contributions to “super PACs” through LLCs that, at least in some cases, were formed for the purpose of making those contributions. The idea is that, in such cases, […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, federal election commission, Kalogianis, Kevin Deeley, LLCs, Wagner v. FEC, Blog (Contribution Limits)