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Super PACs and Republication of Campaign Material

A National Journal article reports that a Super PAC supporting Jeb Bush’s run for president is “blurring the multitude of ‘Jeb!’ stickers and signage in the Miami crowd” in footage shot for one of their ads. Supposedly, this is to “comply with the … [f]ederal election law [which] says that broadcasting written or graphic materials […]

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Comments to Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission Regarding Proposed Changes to 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 proposed changes to Ariz. Admin. Code R2-20-109(F) Dear Commissioners: The Center for Competitive Politics (“CCP”)[1] submits these comments in response to the Commission’s May 14, 2015 proposed changes to its rules purporting to […]

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

U.S. Congressman has a Bold Plan to Put Non-Voters First

Is the purpose of increasing voter turnout to make politics more democratic, or to make politics more dominated by Democrats? Let’s ask Rep. Keith Ellison, who wrote about his plan to boost turnout in The Nation this week: “One in three. That’s how many people eligible to vote actually did in 2014. It was the […]

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CCP’s External Relations Team Welcomes Brian Walsh as Research Fellow

The Center for Competitive Politics is pleased to welcome Brian Walsh to our External Relations Department as a Research Fellow. Before joining the Center, Brian was an Outreach Intern with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, an intern with the Bill Cassidy for U.S. Senate Campaign, and a Communications Intern with the Franklin Center […]

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A Dysfunctional FEC? Calling Inigo Montoya

We hear a lot these days about a “dysfunctional” Federal Election Commission, including from the Agency’s own Chair, Ann Ravel, who, after a promising start, has apparently decided it’s not worth the trouble to work constructively within the Agency she nominally heads, and Commissioner Ellen Weintraub, whose lengthy tenure has coincided with the alleged agency […]

Filed Under: Blog, Ann Ravel, benghazi, dana milbank, Don McGahn, ellen weintraub, fast and furious, federal election commission, irs scandal

Tip of the Hat: Calling the Media Exemption into Question

The latest from Richmond Times-Dispatch columnist A. Barton Hinkle asks why media corporations are exempt from campaign finance laws (‘Why exempt the media?’ June 13). It’s worth reading. The exception amounts to a confession of what those who condemn the influence of money in politics deny: that campaign-finance laws infringe on freedom of speech and […]

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Eternal Inconsistency: The Stunning Variability in, and Expedient Motives Behind the Tax Regulation of Nonprofit Advocacy Groups

In this study, California election law attorney Allison Hayward analyzes the historical roots of the IRS’s recent scandals, and discusses how: The IRS scandal is just the latest in a series of clashes between the agency and nonprofit advocacy groups. Congress writes tax law to address short-term political goals, often ignoring long-term problems. Laws governing […]

Filed Under: Blog, Enforcement, First Amendment, IRS, IRS and the Tea Party, Issue Advocacy, Jurisprudence & Litigation, Research, 1954 Revenue Act, Allison Hayward, Nonprofit Advocacy, Revenue Act of 1934, Social Welfare, Tax Exemptions, Enforcement, First Amendment, Issue Advocacy, Jurisprudence & Litigation, Enforcement, First Amendment, Issue Advocacy, Jurisprudence & Litigation

CCP Study Shows IRS “almost universally hostile towards nonprofits” for decades

Alexandria, VA – The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) today released a report by Allison R. Hayward, an election law attorney in California, entitled “Eternal Inconsistency,” on the history of how the IRS has, according to the report, “been almost universally hostile toward nonprofits” for nearly a century. To read “Eternal Inconsistency: The Stunning Variability in, […]

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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, […]

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