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Proponents of Bad Government

The Federal Election Commission receives a lot of criticism these days, including from its own commissioners. But so too does Congress for the campaign finance laws it has passed (or, in some cases, not passed) and the Supreme Court for its rulings on campaign finance cases. Much of that criticism is founded on mistaken beliefs […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Media Watch, Money in Politics, FEC, federal election commission, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Larry Lessig and the Barriers to Political Campaigning

“We’ve now created the green primary, where only the funders get to vote and they vote on who will have the money necessary to run their campaigns.” That’s how Harvard Professor-turned-political activist Larry Lessig describes politics today, drawing explicit comparisons to “white primaries” in the Jim Crow south that systematically disenfranchised African-American voters. Lessig formed […]

Filed Under: Blog, DNC, Larry Lessig, Media, Political Parties, super PACs

Citizens Misguided: Media Myths about Citizens United Persist in 2016

The Daily Beast recently marked the six year anniversary of Citizens United by carrying on one of the decision’s most prominent legacies: spurring members of the media to embarrass themselves by failing to grasp even the most basic aspects of the ruling. Jay Michaelson, “a writer and LGBT activist in the USA who writes on […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Super PACs, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, Jay Michaelson, The Daily Beast

Comments to the SEC on MSRB and FINRA Pay-to-Play Rules, File No. SR-MSRB-2015-14, File No. SR-FINRA-2015-056

Via Electronic Submission Mr. Brent Fields Secretary Securities and Exchange Commission 100 F Street, NE Washington, DC 20549-1090 Re:      MSRB and FINRA Pay-to-Play Rules, File No. SR-MSRB-2015-14, File No. SR-FINRA-2015-056 To the Chairman and Commissioners: This letter is submitted on behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics (“CCP”), a § 501(c)(3) organization founded to educate […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Federal, Federal Comments and Testimony, FINRA, MAP, MSRB, pay-to-play, SEC

An Embarrassment at the FEC

If you want to know why things seem so contentious at the Federal Election Commission, we would call your attention to a recent Statement of Reasons by Commissioners Ann Ravel and Ellen Weintraub. Last month, in MUR 6535, the Commission reached a conciliation agreement with Restore Our Future, a Super PAC that advocated the election of […]

Filed Under: Blog, Brad Smith, Ann Ravel, Charlie Spies, coordination, ellen weintraub, FEC, federal election commission, Restore Our Future

Seven Pro-Free Speech Provisions in Omnibus and Tax Extenders Deal

Alexandria, VA – The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP), America’s largest nonprofit working to promote and defend First Amendment rights to free political speech, assembly, and petition, today released a fact sheet praising seven provisions in the Omnibus appropriations and tax extenders bills that protect or enhance First Amendment free speech and association rights. To read CCP’s fact sheet, click here. Among […]

Filed Under: Blog, IRS, Press Releases, Gift Tax, Omnibus, SEC, Tax Extenders

Omnibus and Tax Extenders Bills Contain Seven Provisions Safeguarding Free Speech

On December 16, 2015, Democrats and Republicans in Congress struck a deal on omnibus spending and Tax Extenders legislation. Lawmakers should be lauded for including seven provisions in these bills that protect or enhance First Amendment free speech and free association rights, including the constitutionally-protected right of private giving to advocate for social change. Specifically, […]

Filed Under: Blog, Corporate Governance Federal, Corporate Governance Handouts, Federal, Federal Press Releases and Blogs, IRS, IRS and the Tea Party, Executive order, Gift Tax, Omnibus, SEC, Tax Extenders

Comments to IRS on NPRM, REG-138344-13 (Nonprofit Donor SSN Reporting)

Via Federal eRulemaking Portal The Hon. John A. Koskinen Commissioner of Internal Revenue CC:PA:LPD:PR (REG-138344-13) Room 5203 Internal Revenue Service P.O. Box 7604, Ben Franklin Station Washington, DC 20044 RE:      Comments on IRS NPRM, REG-138344-13 Dear Commissioner Koskinen: The Center for Competitive Politics (“CCP”) submits these comments in response to the above-referenced Notice of Proposed […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Federal, Federal Comments and Testimony, IRS and the Tea Party, Social Security Numbers

Coalition Letter in Support of “Fair Treatment for All Gifts Act” (H.R. 1104) in Tax Extenders Legislation

PDF of the House letter available here. | PDF of the Senate letter available here. Dear Member of Congress: The undersigned civil liberties, free expression, and nonprofit advocacy groups and attorneys who represent advocacy organizations have a wide variety of views on the political spectrum. However, we are united in writing to express our strong […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Federal Comments and Testimony, Gift Tax, IRS and the Tea Party, Tax Extenders

Unredacted Crossroads GPS FEC Decision Now Available On CCP Website

Alexandria, VA – Today the Federal Election Commission (FEC) agreed to produce a controversial agency report to settle a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit the Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) brought against the agency. The document sets out the FEC Office of General Counsel’s original analysis concerning a complaint against Crossroads GPS that was dismissed by […]

Filed Under: Blog, CCP v. FEC Legal Documents, Press Releases, Crossroads GPS, First General Counsel's Report