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The Future and Past of the IRS Scandal

  What is the Future of political activism at the IRS and the Department of Justice? That question kicked off a lively panel discussion jointly hosted by The Claremont Institute and The Federalist Society on April 14. Though the four distinguished attorneys speaking on the panel (John Eastman of the Claremont Institute, election law attorney […]

Filed Under: Blog, IRS and the Tea Party, Cleta Mitchell, DOJ, Hans von Spakovsky, John Eastman, Robert Weiner

LLCs and Politics at the FEC

Recently, and to significant commentary, the Federal Election Commission released dueling statements explaining the Commission’s decision not to pursue complaints brought by the Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21 against certain Limited Liability Companies (“LLCs”) that contributed to super PACs. Three commissioners, Vice-Chairman Walther, with Commissioners Ravel and Weintraub argued, following the recent line of […]

Filed Under: Blog, Allen Dickerson, Brad Smith, FEC, LLC, rule making

Amicus Brief: Holland v. Williams in Opposition to Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss

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Filed Under: All Amicus Briefs, Blog, Current Amicus Briefs

How to Use Campaign Finance Data to Mislead the Public

Corporations are “distorting our democracy” – at least according to activists Bruce F. Freed and Marian Currinder, writing in U.S. News and World Report. The authors spin the usual tale of untold corporate billions flooding elections in the wake of the Supreme Court’s 2010’s Citizens United decision. But it is just that – a tale. […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Corporate Governance Press Release/In the News/Blog, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Money in Politics, Bruce F. Freed, George Soros, Koch Industries, Marian Currinder, National Institute on Money in State Politics, Sean Parker

Too Much Disclosure Misinforms Voters

A trio of news stories from the past few weeks illustrates how too much disclosure information can mislead the voters it is supposed to inform and dirty up a political process it is intended to clean. First came the story that George Soros was funding a super PAC backing John Kasich. One of the most […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Money in Politics, Super PACs, Bernie Sanders, Chris Van Hollen, David Brock, Donna Edwards, George Soros, John Kasich, New Day for America

Corporate political activity: Persuasion, coercion and that pesky First Amendment

Richard Hasen has a thoughtful op-ed up at Reuters, commenting on the apparent disconnect between liberals who appear to hate corporate participation in politics (“Citizens United is terrible”) and liberals who like corporate participation in politics (“hey, isn’t it great that corporate America has persuaded Republican governors in Arkansas, Indiana, and now Georgia to veto […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Corporate Personhood, Move to Amend, Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Richard Hasen

No, Commissioner Weintraub, the FEC Can’t Circumvent Citizens United

In an opinion piece published yesterday in The New York Times, Ellen Weintraub, a member of the Federal Election Commission, suggests a way to “blunt the impact” of Citizens United v. FEC. There are reasons to question the propriety of a federal officer attempting to “blunt” a First Amendment ruling against her agency, and I […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, ellen weintraub, FEC

Significant Constitutional and Practical Issues with Rhode Island Senate Bill 2369, to amend Section 17-25-7 of the General Laws

The Honorable Michael J. McCaffrey The Honorable Paul V. Jabour Re:  Significant Constitutional and Practical Issues with Senate Bill 2369, to amend Section 17-25-7 of the General Laws Dear Chairperson McCaffrey, Vice Chairperson Jabour, and members of the Senate Judiciary Committee: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics,[1] I respectfully submit the following comments […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure Comments, Disclosure State, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State Comments and Testimony, Financial Town Meetings, Rhode Island

Citizens United is Too Often Distorted in the Press

Newsweek recently published, “How Dark Money Boomeranged on the GOP,” by Kurt Eichenwald. The article, about Citizens United v. FEC’s purported effect on the Republican Party blatantly distorts nearly every aspect of the free-speech case. Mr. Eichenwald’s second paragraph begins: “[T]he infamous Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission [decision], which declared that associations of people […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Media Watch, Super PACs, Kurt Eichenwald, Newsweek

Analysis of the Proposed Minnesota Constitutional Amendment Requiring Disclosure of Certain Contributions and Campaign Expenditures (S.F. 3117)

The Honorable Thomas M. Bakk The Honorable David W. Hann Re:  Analysis of the Proposed Minnesota Constitutional Amendment Requiring Disclosure of Certain Contributions and Campaign Expenditures (S.F. 3117) Dear Majority Leader Bakk, Minority Leader Hann, and members of the Senate: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics (CCP),[1] we respectfully submit the following comments […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure Comments, Disclosure State, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State Comments and Testimony, Minnesota DISCLOSE Act, Minnesota