Response to Recent Comments of The Bright Lines Project

Link available here Via E-Mail ( and Certified Mail Ms. Amy F. Giuliano Office of the Associate Chief Counsel (Tax Exempt and Government Entities) CC:PA:LPD:PR (REG-134417-13) Room 5205 Internal Revenue Service P.O. Box 7604, Ben Franklin Station Washington, DC 20044 RE: Response to Recent Comments of The Bright Lines Project (REG-134417-13) Dear Ms. Giuliano: The Center [...]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Featured Content, IRS, IRS and the Tea Party

Tax-Financed Campaigns: Who Exactly are They Helping?

Recent years have witnessed a shrinking of the legal rationale for restricting the ability of independent groups to spend funds urging voters to support or oppose candidates. In response, those seeking to “get money out of politics” have turned to new avenues to counter what they perceive as the outsized influence of wealthy voices in [...]

Filed Under: Blog, Tax Financed Campaigns Press Release/In the News/Blog, Tax-Financing

Statement on Easing Party Coordination Spending Restrictions

Alexandria, VA –– Former Federal Election Commission Chairman and Center for Competitive Politics Chairman Bradley A. Smith released this statement in regards to the recent news of possible action in the Senate on legislation that would ease restrictions on coordinated spending between candidates and party committees: “Candidates and the parties in whose names they run should [...]

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Statement on Van Hollen Decision

Former Federal Election Commission Chairman and Center for Competitive Politics Chairman Bradley A. Smith released this statement in reaction to the District Court ruling in Van Hollen v. FEC: “The practical impact of the decision is small.  Groups seeking to elect or defeat candidates have largely abandoned so-called electioneering communications ads in favor of telling voters [...]

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“Bright Lines Project” 2.0 Is Still Not So Bright

More than a year ago, we dissected the original proposal from the “Bright Lines Project” to reform the IRS’s rules governing the extent to which tax-exempt organizations may engage in political activities. Our verdict at the time was that the proposal not only failed to live up to its promise of providing bright-line rules that [...]

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Does Larry Lessig Think He and Mayday PAC are Above the Law?

Does Larry Lessig think he and his supporters are above the law? In response to a complaint that CCP filed with the FEC, documenting 12 instances in which Lessig’s Mayday PAC violated campaign disclosure rules, Professor Lessig offers this feeble defense: Every Mayday.US ad fully identified Mayday.US as its sponsor. And unlike superPACs that accept dark [...]

Filed Under: Blog, CCP, Center for Competitive Politics, David keating, Disclosure, Embrace the Irony, FEC, Larry Lessig, Mayday PAC, Mayday.US, Professor Lessig

Fred Wertheimer Opposes Disclosure of Campaign Contributions

Surprised to find the denizen of the campaign finance regulatory community coming out against disclosure of all campaign contributions? So were we. But what else can one make of Wertheimer’s column this week in The Puffington Host, in which he writes: In the constitutional system envisioned by our founders 225 years ago, individuals get one [...]

Filed Under: Blog, Buckley v. Valeo, campaign finance reform, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Fred Wertheimer, McCain-Feingold

FEC Complaint: Mayday PAC violated campaign finance laws

Super PAC that wants more speech rules can’t figure out current law The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) today filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission against Mayday PAC, the self-proclaimed “SuperPAC to end all SuperPACs,” founded by Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig. The complaint documents that at least twelve Mayday PAC television ads, [...]

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Federal appeals court to rule on contribution limit case

“A $5,200 check in June is okay, but that same check in July is illegal?” Alexandria, VA – A federal district court judge last week cleared the way for a ruling by the en banc U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in a challenge brought by the Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) to certain [...]

Filed Under: Blog, Holmes v. FEC, Press Releases

Tax-Financed Campaigns Fail Women Again

Every now and then we come across a truly bizarre and insulting argument from those who wish to expand government control over the political process: that the rigors of campaign fundraising are somehow sexist and discourage women from seeking public office. Back in March, for example, The Albany Times-Union reported on a staged all-female rally [...]

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