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Wisconsin's "John Doe" Decision: More than "Reformers" Can Handle

Two weeks ago, the Wisconsin Supreme Court sent a shock wave through campaign finance watchers with its decision in Two Unnamed Petitioners v. Peterson. The decision terminated Wisconsin’s controversial, long-running “John Doe” investigation into allegedly illegal coordination between Governor Scott Walker and a large number of conservative organizations in the state, and set forth a […]

Filed Under: Blog, Contribution Limits, In the News, Brennan Center, campaign finance, Campaign Legal Center, coordinated expenditure, Election Law Blog, Independent Expenditures, John Doe Investigation, Rick Hasen, Tara Malloy, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, Wisconsin Supreme Court

In the dark about “dark money”

A short while back, on Professor Rick Hasen’s invaluable listserv, there was a spirited discussion about the meaning of “dark money” as used in political debate. On the one side were those arguing that “dark money” was an almost infinitely malleable term used to obscure serious issues and deter meaningful debate, and on the other […]

Filed Under: Blog, Brennan Center, Center for Media and Democracy, Center for Responsive Politics, Dark Money, David keating, Politico, Rick Hasen, Tarini Parti, Wisconsin Supreme Court

Someone killed a lion. Want to see his political contribution history?

Last year, The Washington Post Editorial Board panned a smartphone app that sorts companies by how Democratic or Republican they are. The app, BuyPartisan, provides users who scan the barcodes of products on the shelf with information on the political contributions of PACs associated with a particular company as well as data on the political […]

Filed Under: Blog, Media Watch, Cecil the Lion, The Hill, The Washington Post

The Campaign Finance ‘Zombies’ Have Spoken. Their Answer? Reform. Again.

Crazy. Ravenous. Damnable. Taken together, this assortment of words would be best used to describe the undead or what are better known as ‘zombies.’ Recently, Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) used this unsavory illustration to describe speech by entities organized in a corporate form. But while Polis sees undead threats around every aspect of campaign finance […]

Filed Under: Blog, Zombies

The Donald and Donor Disclosure

Since the announcement of his Presidential campaign, there has been a near constant stream of mockery targeting Donald Trump. And rightly so. The aspiring Presidential candidate and longtime blowhard has certainly foisted himself into the spotlight, and, as such, deserves all of the criticism and derision that accompanies his oeuvre of public bombast. But should […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, The Daily Beast

Statement on ruling in the case of Delaware Strong Families v. Attorney General

Alexandria, VA – The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP), America’s largest non-profit dedicated to protecting political free speech rights, issued the following statement in reaction to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in the case of Delaware Strong Families v. Attorney General. “In allowing Delaware to police non-political groups as though they were political […]

Filed Under: Blog, Press Releases

CCP Reaction To “John Doe” Decision

The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP), America’s largest non-profit dedicated to protecting political free speech rights, issued the following statement in reaction to news that the Wisconsin Supreme court has shut down the “John Doe” investigation that targeted American citizens for expressing their views about the government:    “The First Amendment rights of the John […]

Filed Under: Blog, Press Releases

CCP: Increased Campaign Freedom Leads To More Choices In GOP Presidential Primary

Alexandria, VA – The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP), America’s largest non-profit dedicated to protecting political free speech rights, commented today on the fact that the Republican Presidential primary ballot will likely be the most crowded in history, with 17 candidates running. The second-largest year was half this total – 1996 averaged 8.1 candidates on […]

Filed Under: Blog, Press Releases

Comments to Montana Commissioner of Political Practices Regarding Proposed Changes to Montana ARM § 44.10.301 et seq.

BY EMAIL (CPPRules@mt.gov) The Hon. Jonathan Motl Commissioner of Political Practices State of Montana 1209 Eighth Avenue Helena, MT 59620 Re:      Comments Regarding Proposed Changes to ARM § 44.10.301 et seq. Dear Commissioner Motl: The Center for Competitive Politics (“CCP”)[1] submits these comments in response to your office’s initial draft of its proposed changes to […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Comments, Disclosure State, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State Comments and Testimony, Montana Commissioner of Political Practices, Montana DISCLOSE Act, Montana

On Campaign Pledges and “Money in Politics”

Concerned with the threat of climate change, editors at The Nation have asked all of the presidential candidates to sign a pledge. The pledge reads: In the name of protecting our country and the world from the growing dangers of climate change, I will neither solicit nor accept campaign contributions from any oil, gas, or […]

Filed Under: Blog, Campaign Pledges, The Nation