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Lawmakers Oppose Government Data Collection for NSA, but Not for FEC

Alexandria, VA – Imagine if Congress introduced another version of the Patriot Act, to ensure that candidate campaigns, political groups, and political parties were not infiltrated by terrorist sympathizers. In order to do this, the government would collect a massive database of information on every American that engaged in political activity – keeping track of every […]

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Comments to Texas Ethics Commission regarding proposed revisions to 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:      Comments regarding proposed revisions to 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 Texas Ethics Commission’s (the “Commission”) April 16, […]

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

The Presumption of Free Anonymous Speech

Public Citizen supports anonymous speech – at least when it comes to criticizing businesses. A Tampa Bay divorce attorney is suing Avvo, an online legal services hub that allows citizens to post reviews of attorneys without providing their name, to try to unmask a reviewer that posted a negative review. From The Tampa Bay Times: […]

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CBS/NYT Poll: “Less than one percent” say Campaign Regulations Most Important Issue Facing the Country

Alexandria, VA – Today’s CBS/NYT poll on campaign finance issues buries an important fact, according to the Center for Competitive Politics (CCP), the nation’s leading non-profit dedicated to defending political free speech rights. According to the poll, “Less than one percent volunteer campaign fundraising as the most important issue facing the country.” “Despite years of misleading rhetoric […]

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Comments to FEC regarding the Petition for Rulemaking on Federal Contractors (REG 2014-09) (Notice 2015-06)

BY EMAIL (ContractorPetition@fec.gov) Federal Election Commission Attn.: Amy L. Rothstein, Assistant General Counsel 999 E Street NW Washington, DC 20463 Re: Comments regarding the Petition for Rulemaking on Federal Contractors (REG 2014-09) (Notice 2015-06) Dear Commissioners: The Center for Competitive Politics (“CCP”) submits these comments in response to the Petition for Rulemaking (the “Petition”) filed […]

Filed Under: Blog, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits Comments, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Federal, Federal Comments and Testimony, Super PACs, federal election commission, public citizen

Super PACs vs. the Smoke-Filled Room

Chris Cillizza illustrates the benefits of Citizens United and SpeechNow.Org in a Washington Post article examining the wide-open state of the Republican presidential field: “Traditionally — that is, in the time before super PACs — the way that the field was winnowed was via fundraising. A candidate underperformed expectations in Iowa or New Hampshire (or […]

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Comments on Colorado Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Rules Concerning Campaign and Political Finance 8 CCR 1505-6

The Honorable Wayne W. Williams Secretary, Colorado Department of State RE: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Rules Concerning Campaign and Political Finance 8 CCR 1505-6 Dear Secretary Williams: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics, I write to offer comments on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Rules Concerning Campaign and Political Finance (“NPRM”). Founded in […]

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Do Commissioners Weintraub and Ravel Want the FEC to Fail?

Ann Ravel, the Democratic Chair of the Federal Election Commission, made headlines early this month when she told The New York Times that her agency was “worse than dysfunctional” and that “the likelihood of the [federal campaign finance] laws being enforced is slim.” Democratic Commissioner Ellen Weintraub chimed in, saying “the few rules that are […]

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What Can Bike Lanes Teach Us About Campaign Finance Laws?

Vox’s Matthew Yglesias writes about how efforts to create new bike lanes are hindered, ironically, by environmental protection laws: “[A]t a high level the issue is that environmental impact review requirements were written with the general spirit of ‘Let’s worry about someone proposing to do something bad.’ Yet it turns out the exact same process […]

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Significant Constitutional and Practical Issues with Washington House Bill 2256

The Honorable Sam Hunt The Honorable Steve Bergquist The Honorable Jeff Holy Re:  Significant Constitutional and Practical Issues with House Bill 2256 Dear Chair Hunt, Vice Chair Bergquist, Ranking Minority Member Holy, Assistant Ranking Minority Member Van Werven, and members of the House State Government Committee: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics, I […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure Comments, Disclosure State, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Money in Politics, State Comments and Testimony, Washington