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Brennan Center Outlines Strategy for More Supreme Court Rulings Upholding Speech Regulations

The Brennan Center for Justice recently released a report entitled “Developing Empirical Evidence for Campaign Finance Cases.” Written by Brent Ferguson and Chisun Lee – a Counsel and Senior Counsel, respectively, at Brennan – their paper serves three basic functions. It is part examination of the current landscape surrounding campaign finance jurisprudence, part survey of […]

Filed Under: Blog, Research, Brennan Center for Justice, Brent Ferguson, Chisun Lee

Citizen Sues Missouri Ethics Commission for First Amendment Violations

Alexandria, VA – The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) today announced a federal lawsuit and motion for a temporary restraining order has been filed on behalf of Ron Calzone against the Missouri Ethics Commission (MEC). Calzone has been targeted by Missouri State Capitol insiders and the MEC for his volunteer advocacy for individual liberty, free […]

Filed Under: Blog, Calzone v MEC, Legal, Press Releases, Missouri Ethics Commission, Ron Calzone, Zac Morgan, Current Cases (Litigation), Missouri

Elizabeth Warren Attacks SEC Chair for Refusing to Help Her Silence Businesses

Late last week, Senator Elizabeth Warren renewed a conflict with Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Mary Jo White, calling on President Obama to remove her from her post. Senator Warren has long pursued a misguided crusade to use the SEC to require disclosure of private contributions from business entities to trade associations and advocacy groups, […]

Filed Under: Blog, Corporate Governance, Corporate Governance Press Release/In the News/Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Chuck Schumer, Disclose Act, Elizabeth Warren, Mary Jo White, Securities and Exchange Commission

Heritage Foundation Event Highlights Donor Privacy, CCP Cases

Attacks on donor privacy are increasingly seen as one of the foremost threats to free speech in America, if a Thursday event at the Heritage Foundation is any indication. The conservative think tank brought in four speakers to address assaults on the First Amendment ranging from infringements on religious liberty to university speech codes to […]

Filed Under: Blog, CCP v. Harris Other Links, Delaware Strong Families v. Biden Other Links, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, IRS and the Tea Party, Issues, Bradley A. Smith, Cleta Mitchell, Don McGahn, Donor Privacy, Hans A. von Spakovsky, Robert Alt, The Heritage Foundation, U.S. Supreme Court, CCP v. Harris, Delaware Strong Families v. Biden, California, Delaware, Montana, Wisconsin

The Hidden Admissions of the “Unilateral Disarmament” Defense

Vague commitments to pursue “campaign finance reform” and promises to overturn Citizens United have become increasingly popular talking points among some candidates this election cycle. Following this trend, misguided and unfounded claims that the system is dysfunctional and that electoral and policy outcomes are the result of nothing more than monetary transactions among politicians, wealthy […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Issues, Money in Politics, Super PACs, Unilateral Disarmament

Some FEC Commissioners Unwilling to Commit to Not Banning Books

The Federal Election Commission’s recent public meeting revealed a partisan gap on what would have otherwise seemed a straightforward issue. Commissioner Lee Goodman proposed an amendment to expand the FEC’s “press exemption” regulation to include books, movies, and other media distributed by satellite television, radio, and internet-enabled applications. In short, Goodman wanted to reassure the […]

Filed Under: Blog, Ann Ravel, Book-Banning, federal election commission, Lee Goodman, Press Exemption

Supreme Court Rejects Colorado Appeal In Coalition For Secular Government Case

Alexandria, VA – The Center for Competitive Politics released the following statement after the United States Supreme Court denied an appeal by the state of Colorado to hear Coalition for Secular Government (CSG) v. Williams. In the case, an appeals court ruled that Colorado’s ballot issue disclosure law violates the First Amendment for groups raising […]

Filed Under: Blog, CSG v. Gessler, In the News, In the News Our Cases, Press Releases, CSG v. Williams, U.S. Supreme Court, Current Cases (Litigation), Colorado

CPA-Zicklin Index Chills Free Speech

Alexandria, VA – The Center for Political Accountability and the Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research recently released the 2016 edition of their annual study of corporate disclosure policies regarding contributions to advocacy groups and trade associations, which seeks to stop businesses from speaking about public policies. “We should encourage businesses, like all Americans, to […]

Filed Under: Blog, Corporate Governance, Corporate Governance Press Release/In the News/Blog, Press Releases, center for political accountability, CPA-Zicklin Index, Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research

New Year, Same Story: 2016 CPA-Zicklin Index Chills Speech

The Center for Political Accountability (CPA) and the Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research have released the 2016 edition of their annual study of corporate disclosure policies regarding contributions to advocacy groups and trade associations. As in previous years, CPA-Zicklin acts as a wolf in sheep’s clothing, framing their concerns in terms of shareholder value […]

Filed Under: Blog, Corporate Governance, Corporate Governance Press Release/In the News/Blog, center for political accountability, CPA-Zicklin Index, Donor Privacy, Private Giving, Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research

“Fat Cats” in Philadelphia

There are many serious arguments in the campaign finance world concerning free speech, undue influence, the costs and benefits of regulations and new laws, and the overall health of our campaign system. Sadly, those arguments rarely make it to the general public. What replaces them? Innuendo that all politicians are sold to the highest bidder […]

Filed Under: Blog, Issues, Media Watch, Money in Politics, Democratic National Convention, OpenSecrets, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania