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(Re)Formerly Logical: Mandatory Contracting Disclosure (Cartoon)

  Forcing government bureaucrats to review government contractors’ political ideologies doesn’t help prevent corruption. It simply provides contracting officials with an easy way to choose winners and losers based on politics.

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Why Did Ted Cruz Supporters Create Four Super PACs?

Several news accounts report that four pro-Cruz super PACs with the names “Keep the Promise,” “Keep the Promise I,” “Keep the Promise II” and “Keep the Promise III” have pledges for $31 million, a stunning haul for less than a week. I’ve never seen anyone organize a network of super PACs for the same candidate before. [...]

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Constitutional and Practical Issues with Minnesota House File 2015

The Honorable Kurt Daudt The Honorable Paul Thissen Re:  Constitutional and Practical Issues with House File 2015 Dear Speaker Daudt, Minority Leader Thissen, and members of the House: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics, I am writing you today to respectfully submit the following comments regarding the constitutional and practical impact of the [...]

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The need to remember, and the passing of Curtis Gans

Curtis Gans passed away on Sunday, March 15, of cancer. Gans served for many years as Director of the Center for the Study of the American Electorate at American University. His cause through the last 30 years of his life was trying to address the decline in civic participation in America, in particular as it [...]

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Constitutional and Practical Issues with Minnesota House File 43

The Honorable Kurt Daudt The Honorable Paul Thissen Re:  Constitutional and Practical Issues with House File 43 Dear Speaker Daudt, Minority Leader Thissen, and members of the House: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics, I am writing you today to respectfully submit the following comments regarding the constitutional and practical impact of the [...]

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Corruption versus Influence

Tom Friedman’s latest column in The New York Times (‘Is It Sheldon Adelson’s World?’) describes how political donor Sheldon Adelson spends his money differently in America and Israel, and in so doing illustrates the limits of what campaign finance regulation can achieve: “Israel has much stricter laws on individuals donating to political campaigns, so Adelson [...]

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Constitutional and Practical Issues with Minnesota Senate File 214

The Honorable Thomas M. Bakk The Honorable David W. Hann Re:  Constitutional and Practical Issues with Senate File 214 Dear Majority Leader Bakk, Minority Leader Hann, and members of the Senate: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics, I am writing you today to respectfully submit the following comments regarding the constitutional and practical [...]

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CCP Response to Campaign Legal Center’s Response to CCP’s Comments on New Mexico House Bill 278

The Honorable Don L. Tripp The Honorable Brian F. Egolf Re:  Campaign Legal Center’s Response to CCP’s Comments on House Bill 278 Dear Speaker Tripp, Minority Floor Leader Egolf, and members of the House: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics (CCP), I respectfully write in response to the February 28 letter of the [...]

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Significant Constitutional and Practical Issues with Washington Senate Bill 5153

The Honorable Pam Roach The Honorable Sharon Nelson Re:  Significant Constitutional and Practical Issues with Senate Bill 5153 Dear President Pro Tempore Roach, Democratic Leader Nelson, and members of the Senate: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics, I am writing you today to respectfully submit the following comments regarding the constitutional and practical [...]

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Suggested Improvements to Kansas House Bill 2213

The Honorable Ray Merrick The Honorable Tom Burroughs Re:  Suggested Improvements to House Bill 2213 Dear Speaker Merrick, Minority Leader Burroughs, and members of the House: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics, I am writing you today to respectfully submit the following comments commending the Legislature for its consideration of House Bill 2213, [...]

Filed Under: Blog, Contribution Limits Comments, Contribution Limits State, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Money in Politics, State Comments and Testimony, Kansas