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Comments to IRS on NPRM, REG-138344-13 (Nonprofit Donor SSN Reporting)

Via Federal eRulemaking Portal The Hon. John A. Koskinen Commissioner of Internal Revenue CC:PA:LPD:PR (REG-138344-13) Room 5203 Internal Revenue Service P.O. Box 7604, Ben Franklin Station Washington, DC 20044 RE:      Comments on IRS NPRM, REG-138344-13 Dear Commissioner Koskinen: The Center for Competitive Politics (“CCP”) submits these comments in response to the above-referenced Notice of Proposed […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Federal, Federal Comments and Testimony, IRS and the Tea Party, Social Security Numbers

Coalition Letter in Support of “Fair Treatment for All Gifts Act” (H.R. 1104) in Tax Extenders Legislation

PDF of the House letter available here. | PDF of the Senate letter available here. Dear Member of Congress: The undersigned civil liberties, free expression, and nonprofit advocacy groups and attorneys who represent advocacy organizations have a wide variety of views on the political spectrum. However, we are united in writing to express our strong […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Federal Comments and Testimony, Gift Tax, IRS and the Tea Party, Tax Extenders

Unredacted Crossroads GPS FEC Decision Now Available On CCP Website

Alexandria, VA – Today the Federal Election Commission (FEC) agreed to produce a controversial agency report to settle a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit the Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) brought against the agency. The document sets out the FEC Office of General Counsel’s original analysis concerning a complaint against Crossroads GPS that was dismissed by […]

Filed Under: Blog, CCP v. FEC Legal Documents, Press Releases, Crossroads GPS, First General Counsel's Report

More Good News for Free Speech in the AP-NORC Poll

Yesterday, I wrote about a new poll from the Associated Press and National Opinion Research Center revealing that a strong majority of Americans oppose tax-financed campaign programs and do not believe they reduce the influence of money in politics. The same poll also asked about contribution limits, Super PACs, disclosure laws, and general attitudes about […]

Filed Under: Blog, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits Press Release/In the News/Blog, Money in Politics, Super PACs, National Opinion Research Center, polling

Majority of Americans Oppose Tax-Financed Campaign Schemes

New joint polling from the Associated Press and National Opinion Research Center finds that a majority of Americans oppose tax-financed campaign programs, preferring candidates to raise money through voluntary donations from supporters. More than twice as many people say presidential campaigns should raise money through donations (56%) as say government should pick up the tab […]

Filed Under: Blog, Tax Financed Campaigns Press Release/In the News/Blog, Tax-Financing, Larry Lessig, National Opinion Research Center, polling

An Open Letter to Conservatives: Why Party Coordinated Limits Should Be Repealed

There has been some controversy on a measure that would essentially lift the limits on parties coordinating with their candidates in general election campaigns. The provision was adopted by the Senate Committee on Appropriations in July as part of the Financial Services appropriations bill. This provision may become part of the omnibus appropriations bill. Below […]

Filed Under: Blog, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits Comments, Contribution Limits Federal, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Federal, Federal Comments and Testimony, Darryl R. Wold, David Mason, Hans von Spakovsky, James Bopp Jr., Lee Ann Elliott, Michael E. Toner, Omnibus

Heroes and Villains in the Gun Control Debate

Imagine for a moment that billionaire Michael Bloomberg was a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and gun rights. Imagine that, inspired by this belief, he spent $28 million of his personal fortune to help elect candidates that agreed with his position – the great majority of whom were Republicans. Now imagine that a nearly […]

Filed Under: Blog, Money in Politics, michael bloomberg, National Rifle Association

Solutions that Don’t Solve the Problem

Problem: Some elected officials are directing tax dollars to businesses that pay them under the table. Solution: Give these elected officials more tax dollars to fund their campaigns. At least that’s what The New York Times would have you believe in the wake of the conviction of former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver […]

Filed Under: Blog, Tax Financed Campaigns Press Release/In the News/Blog, New York Times, Sheldon Silver

Lawsuit Says Utah Law Violates the First Amendment

Alexandria, VA – The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP), America’s largest nonprofit working to promote and defend First Amendment rights to free political speech, assembly, and petition, announced today that it has filed a lawsuit to declare unconstitutional a recent Utah law requiring nonprofits that engage in advocacy to report the private information of their supporters […]

Filed Under: Blog, Press Releases, Utah Taxpayers Association v. Cox

Harvard Professor Gives PowerPoint Presentation

Lawrence Lessig doesn’t want to talk about campaign finance reform anymore, probably because those conversations haven’t been going very well for him lately. Instead, speaking at the American Enterprise Institute on Friday, Lessig retreated to a line of criticism more amenable to Americans’ taste: doesn’t Congress just suck? On that point, it’s hard to disagree, […]

Filed Under: Blog, Money in Politics, Larry Lessig, Mayday PAC