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Constitutional and Practical Issues with Texas House Bill 37

The Honorable Joe Straus The Honorable Byron Cook Re:  Constitutional and Practical Issues with House Bill 37 Dear Speaker Straus, Representative Cook, and members of the House of Representatives: The Center for Competitive Politics respectfully submits the following comments on House Bill 37, as substituted by the House State Affairs Committee. This draconian measure would […]

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

What Vox Gets Wrong About Super PACs

Over at Vox, Ezra Klein suggests that journalists digging into the Clinton Foundation may have their priorities out of order. While acknowledging that “these investigations are worthy,” he claims “the daily corruption that powers modern presidential campaigns is much, much worse” than any potential conflicts of interest arising from the Clinton Foundation. There is much […]

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Survey Says: Investment Managers Not Interested in Making Things Political

A recent survey is once again demonstrating that investment managers are not interested in dragging politics into the corporate governance debate. The Stanford Business School, partnering with RR Donnelley and Equilar, released its “2015 Investor Survey – Deconstructing Proxy Statements.” The survey questioned numerous asset managers and owners with a combined $17 trillion in assets […]

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Support for Maine Legislative Document 1290 (S.P. 465)

The Honorable Scott Cyrway The Honorable Louis Luchini The Honorable Jonathan Kinney Re:  Support for Legislative Document 1290 (S.P. 465) Dear Chairs Cyrway and Luchini, Ranking Minority Member Kinney, and members of the Joint Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics,[1] I write to offer our support for […]

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Significant Constitutional and Practical Issues with Maine Legislative Document 1192 (S.P. 419)

The Honorable Scott Cyrway The Honorable Louis Luchini The Honorable Jonathan Kinney Re:  Significant Constitutional and Practical Issues with Legislative Document 1192 (S.P. 419) Dear Chairs Cyrway and Luchini, Ranking Minority Member Kinney, and members of the Joint Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs: On behalf of The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP),[1] Senior Fellow […]

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Constitutional and Practical Issues with Maine Legislative Document 189

The Honorable Scott Cyrway The Honorable Louis Luchini The Honorable Jonathan Kinney Re:  Constitutional and Practical Issues with Legislative Document 189 Dear Chairs Cyrway and Luchini, Ranking Minority Member Kinney, and members of the Joint Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics,[1] I am writing you today to […]

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Statement of David Keating on CCP v. Harris

Center for Competitive Politics president David Keating released the following statement on the 9th Circuit ruling in CCP v. Harris: We are disappointed by the Ninth Circuit’s decision.  We think the decision is wrong and threatens First Amendment speech rights. The ruling asks us to make an impossible choice: either retroactively disclose donors to the […]

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Standards for tax exemption for social welfare organizations

The Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, John Koskinen, was recently quoted as stating that under “the framework Congress has set up,” § 501(c)(4) organizations are permitted to “spend a significant amount on politics”—up to 49% of their budgets. This unremarkable assertion reflects the general understanding of tax lawyers and nonprofit organizations. Nevertheless, a predictable […]

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The stuff foul-mouthed Larry Lessig says

In a post entitled “The sh*t Brad Smith says” (shot? shut? – you may as well spell it out, Larry), Larry Lessig quotes Brad Smith from Sunday’s Washington Post as saying, “[W]hen the rubber hits the road, most people say, ‘I don’t think my contribution should be disclosed.’” “That’s news to me,” says Lessig. “In […]

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Constitutional and Practical Issues with Oregon Senate Joint Resolution 5 and Senate Bill 75

The Honorable Diane Rosenbaum The Honorable Ted Ferrioli Re:  Constitutional and Practical Issues with Senate Joint Resolution 5 and Senate Bill 75 Dear Chair Rosenbaum, Vice-Chair Ferrioli, and members of the Senate Rules Committee: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics, I am writing you today to respectfully submit the following comments regarding the […]

Filed Under: Blog, Contribution Limits Comments, Contribution Limits State, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Money in Politics, State Comments and Testimony, Oregon