The Dangers of Government Control over Campaigns: NYC Edition

As New York State legislators consider implementing a taxpayer-financed campaign scheme modeled after New York City’s program, a complaint filed against the New York City Campaign Finance Board (NYCCFB) raises an important concern about these programs:  if public funding becomes a necessity to win public office, the government can effectively shut down campaigns merely by [...]

Filed Under: Blog, Communications, External Relations Sub-Pages, Issues, Tax-Financing, Tax-Financing Press Release/In the News/Blog, Tax-Financing State, Taxpayer Financed Campaigns, Albany, Center for Competitive Politics, clean elections, Diversity in Legislatures, Government Run Elections, John Liu, Lawsuit, Luke Wachob, New York City Campaign Finance Board, tax financing, New York

Unintended Consequences: Iowa Edition

When governments pass laws intended to curb the influence of wealth in politics, they often end up with regulatory regimes that are either so strict or so complex that legal counsel is necessary to navigate them. The unintended consequence of these laws is that they actually elevate the influence of the wealthy, who can afford [...]

Filed Under: Blog, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits Press Release/In the News/Blog, External Relations Sub-Pages, State, State Press Releases and Blogs, Iowa

Censorship Through the Tax Code: How the Proposed IRS Rules for Social Welfare Groups Stifle Political Activity

On Tuesday, March 4, the Cato Institute hosted a panel discussion on the proposed IRS rulemaking for 501(c)(4) organizations. As CCP noted in our third set of comments to the IRS, this rulemaking redefines “political activity” so broadly and is so unworkable as to severely restrict the speech rights of all 501(c)(4) groups, regardless of [...]

Filed Under: Blog, IRS, IRS and the Tea Party, Issues

Giving Women Voters a Bad Name: The League and the IRS Non-Profit Rules

The League of Women Voters was once thought of as a group that promoted a thoughtful electorate and “good government,” but that doesn’t show up much any more. One of the League’s current projects is to support bad government – using the Internal Revenue Service for a mission for which it was not intended, the [...]

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‘CRAP’: Heritage panel discusses proposed IRS regulations speech-chilling potential

The Heritage Foundation hosted a panel this afternoon moderated by former FEC commissioner Hans von Spakovsky, entitled “Taxing the First Amendment: Using the IRS to Censor Speech?.” The panel featured the opinions of Cleta Mitchell, election law attorney and legal representative of several Tea Party groups targeted by the IRS, CCP Chairman Bradley A. Smith, [...]

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Heritage Panel: Taxing the First Amendment: Using the IRS to Censor Speech?

Heritage is hosting a panel, Taxing the First Amendment: Using the IRS to Censor Speech?, featuring CCP Chairman Bradley A. Smith, Republican super-lawyer Cleta Mitchell, Eliana Johnson of the National Review, and Wall Street Journal Editorial Board member Kimberley Strassel. The panel, moderated by Hans A. von Spakovsky, begins at 12pm and will be live streamed at [...]

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Solicitation and Coordination

  It’s frustrating for an academic when one’s work is misinterpreted. It’s even more frustrating when that misinterpretation is your own fault, and the “misinterpretation” bears an uncanny resemblance to what you actually wrote. This arises because there seems to be a growing debate over whether a candidate can solicit funds for a Super PAC [...]

Filed Under: Blog, Bob Bauer, Bradley Smith, contributions, coordinated expenditures, coordination, corruption, Richard Briffault, Richard Hasen, solicitation, super PACs

Can’t Find Evidence If You Don’t Look

One day after a House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee hearing brought new revelations to the IRS targeting scandal, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation and Regulatory Affairs heard from witnesses with first-hand knowledge of IRS harassment, setting the stage for yet another round of fighting between Democrats [...]

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New IRS Commissioner Avoids Key Questions at Hearing

The House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight held a public hearing today on the state of the IRS with new IRS Commissioner John Koskinen as the sole witness. The hearing marks Koskinen’s first appearance before Congress since his confirmation hearing in mid-December. Covering a broad range of topics, Koskinen repeatedly mentioned during today’s hearing [...]

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ACLU Comments on Proposed IRS Rules

The American Civil Liberties Union submitted comments to the IRS on the proposed rules for governing 501(c) political activity earlier today (which can be found at this link), expressing concerns with the proposed rule and urging the agency to adopt a bright-line standard for political activity. The ACLU notes that the proposed blackout of candidate [...]

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