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“Reformers” are Trading their Heroes for Ghosts

Ladies and gentlemen: it’s election season. If you happen to get past the vertigo-inducing amount of candidates and polling data, you will also notice increased attacks on Super PACs and the candidates these groups independently spend money in support of or opposition to. Dig into the substance of these attacks, however, and you may find […]

Filed Under: Blog, Super PACs

Media Watch: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette doesn’t understand what ‘anti-democratic’ means

In a recent editorial in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Editorial Board opines that “big money looms larger in the 2016 campaign.” This sounds like a title for your run-of-the-mill “reformer” screed these days, but it’s worse than that. The PG’s Editorial Board not only makes completely outlandish – and unfounded – claims about campaign spending, […]

Filed Under: Blog, Media Watch, Super PACs, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Attention Members of Congress: Super PACs Disclose Their Donors

We often read articles and letters to the editor from individuals demanding the full disclosure of donors to Super PACs. It is an understandable confusion. News reports regularly warn about the “torrent of dark money” and then go on to talk about Super PACs, or decry the evil of secret money “flooding” our campaigns and […]

Filed Under: Blog, Super PACs, Steve Israel

Comments to Montana Commissioner of Political Practices on Mont. Admin. Reg. Notice No. 44-2-207

BY EMAIL (CPPRules@mt.gov) The Hon. Jonathan Motl Commissioner of Political Practices State of Montana 1209 Eighth Avenue Helena, MT 59620 Re:      Comments on Mont. Admin. Reg. Notice No. 44-2-207 Dear Commissioner Motl: The Center for Competitive Politics (“CCP”) submits these comments in response to your office’s proposed changes to ARM § 44.10.301 et seq., as […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Comments, Disclosure State, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State Comments and Testimony, Montana Commissioner of Political Practices, Montana DISCLOSE Act, Montana

Comments to Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission Regarding Revised Draft Rules; Ariz. Admin. Code R2-20-109(F)

BY EMAIL (comments@azcleanelections.gov) Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission Attn. Alec Shaffer 1616 W. Adams, Suite 110 Phoenix, AZ 85007 Re:      Comments regarding revised draft rules; Ariz. Admin. Code R2-20-109(F) Dear Commissioners: The Center for Competitive Politics (“CCP”) submits these comments in response to the revised draft rules that the Commission proposed at its July 23 […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Comments, Disclosure State, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State Comments and Testimony, Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission, Arizona

The False Heroics of False Statement Laws

When someone suggests prohibiting ‘false statements’ in campaigns, your gut reaction might be to nod your head in agreement. This might come from a belief that people shouldn’t make unkind comments or unfairly criticize candidates. Or, you may think such a ban would promote better-informed voters by preventing the spread of misinformation. While some would […]

Filed Under: Blog, SBA List v. Driehaus, False Statement Laws, Massachusetts, Ohio

Dispute Over Voter Guide Headed to Supreme Court

Alexandria, VA – The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP), America’s largest non-profit dedicated to protecting political free speech rights, issued the following statement in reaction to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in the case of Delaware Strong Families v. Attorney General of the State of Delaware:   “We’re disappointed that the 3rd Circuit declined […]

Filed Under: Blog, Press Releases

Comments to Texas Ethics Commission Regarding June 11, 2015 Revisions to Proposed Tex. Admin. Code § 20.1(21) (“In connection with a campaign”)

BY EMAIL (public_comment@ethics.state.tx.us) Texas Ethics Commission Attn.: Ms. Natalia Luna Ashley P.O. Box 12070 Austin, TX 78711-2070 Re:       June 11, 2015 revisions to proposed Tex. Admin. Code § 20.1(21) (“In connection with a campaign”) Dear Commissioners: The Center for Competitive Politics (“CCP”)[1] submits these comments in response to the revisions the Texas Ethics Commission (the […]

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

The “People’s Pledge” Gimmick: Bad For Voters

Alexandria, VA – The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP), America’s leading nonprofit defending First Amendment political rights to speech, assembly and petition, today released a new study by McWethy Fellow Luke Wachob, entitled “The People’s Pledge Gimmick: Bad for Voters,” explaining how so-called “People’s Pledges,” where candidates and campaigns collude to restrict independent spending, harm democracy […]

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Political Spending Isn’t Choking Out Competition. Campaign Finance Regulations Are.

Inequality is the word of the moment. You can’t go anywhere without hearing it thrown around. Usually, this word evokes images of the discrepancy between rich and poor. Some might think this topic is divorced from campaign finance regulations, which, as far as civil enforcement is concerned, are the jurisdiction of the Federal Election Commission […]

Filed Under: Blog, Super PACs, Ann Ravel, federal election commission