California AG faces court challenge today in free speech case

For Release: April 17, 2014  Contact: Joe Trotter  Phone: 210-352-0055 (Cell) SACRAMENTO, Calif. – This afternoon a federal court in Sacramento will hear arguments in a First Amendment case that challenges an effort by California Attorney General Kamala Harris to force nonprofit groups to turn over confidential donor records to the state. Harris is demanding that nonprofit groups [...]

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SBA List Headlines Disappointingly Misleading

“Court to Weigh Challenge to Ban on Campaign Lies” blares the AP, one of many headlines disappointingly framing SBA List v. Driehaus in very stark, somewhat misleading terms. In the case at hand, the statements made by the Susan B. Anthony List were actually, literally true.  In fact, the most that one could say is that [...]

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Background: Center for Competitive Politics v. Harris

The Issue in Brief Does California’s attorney general have the power to ban a nonprofit organization from asking for donations unless it hands over a list of its past supporters for inspection, even if the group has no involvement in elections? That simple question is at the heart of Center for Competitive Politics v. Harris. Federal [...]

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The IRS recognizes that it needs different rule governing 501(c)(4) groups (Video)

Yesterday, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen announced[1] that the IRS will be pulling its controversial rule[2] expanding regulation of nonprofit social welfare organizations—commonly referred to as § 501(c)(4) groups. Such groups, like the NRA or the Sierra Club, often advocate for specific legislation and occasionally support or oppose candidates. The Center for Competitive Politics (“CCP”) criticized [...]

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Tennessee Teen Skeptical of his Freedom

A recent Washington Post article tells the story of a group of teenagers who started a Super PAC just to see if they could. To their horror, they discovered that they really do have First Amendment rights. A quick recap of what happened:  The group of teens, which named their Super PAC “Because We Can [...]

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Judge Rules Delaware Disclosure Law Unconstitutional

Bars enforcement of law against group publishing voter guides For Release: April 8, 2014  Contact: Joe Trotter  Phone: 210-352-0055 (Cell) Wilmington, DE – A federal court today issued an order barring enforcement of a recently adopted Delaware law that would have forced a group that publishes non-partisan voter guides to violate its members’ privacy. Judge Sue L. Robinson [...]

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Center Demands FEC Release Counsel’s Report

FEC ignores its own policy in Crossroads GPS complaint For Release: April 4, 2014
   Contact: Joe Trotter
   Phone: 210-352-0055 (Cell) Alexandria, Va. –– The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) today announced it has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) seeking a controversial agency document related to a [...]

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Center Heralds Win in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission

For Release: April 2, 2014
   Contact: Joe Trotter
   Phone: 210-352-0055 (Cell) Alexandria, Va. –– The Supreme Court ruled in favor of free speech today in this year’s blockbuster campaign finance case, McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission. Hailing the Court’s decision, Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) Chairman and former FEC Chairman Bradley A. Smith released a [...]

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Cooking the Numbers: Public Citizen’s Recipe

The English language is a tricky thing. Adding or subtracting just one word can entirely change the meaning of a sentence. Today that word is “this.” Allow me to explain. News coverage of the record-setting public comments submitted to the IRS regarding the Agency’s proposed rulemaking governing the permissible activities of 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations [...]

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Public Citizen’s Spin

Sometimes you just have to give props to the anti-speech activist community for managing to find a silver lining when they are clearly on the wrong side of history. Public Citizen, part of the conglomerate of groups that publically claimed that the IRS wasn’t doing enough to tamp down on 501(c)(4) organizations, managed to find [...]

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