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Federal Appeals Court Urged to Rule that Missouri Can’t Force Volunteers to Register as Lobbyists

Attorneys say First Amendment guarantees right to petition government Alexandria, VA – A volunteer who talks to state legislators asked a federal appeals court late yesterday to rule that the First Amendment bars the state of Missouri from forcing him to register and report like a professional lobbyist. Ron Calzone volunteers his time and pays […]

Filed Under: Blog, Calzone v MEC, Newsroom, Press Releases

2017 DISCLOSE Act Would Unconstitutionally Restrict Speech, CCP Analysis Finds

Alexandria, VA – The Center for Competitive Politics released an analysis today by Senior Fellow Eric Wang regarding the latest iteration of the DISCLOSE Act. Similar proposals have been introduced in Congress dating back to 2010 with the aim of creating a “deterrent effect” on political speech. The “DISCLOSE Act of 2017” (S. 1585) may […]

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Court Strikes Down Attempt to Allow Taxpayer-Funded Campaigns

Alexandria, VA –  A Sacramento County Superior Court judge struck down a law passed late last year to allow state and some local governments to enact taxpayer financing of political campaigns.  The Court ruled the Legislature’s attempt to bypass a vote of the people on such legislation violated the California Constitution and the 1974 Political […]

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CCP: Warrantless Location Tracking Imperils Right to Free Association

The Supreme Court case Carpenter v. US has important implications for the First Amendment Alexandria, VA – The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) and four other organizations from across the ideological spectrum filed a brief Monday in support of the plaintiff in Carpenter v. United States, a case challenging warrantless collection of cell phone location […]

Filed Under: Blog, Newsroom, Press Releases, Americans for Prosperity Foundation, Carpenter v. United States, Center for Media Justice, Color Of Change, Free Association, Supreme Court, Tea Party Patriots, Warrantless Surveillance

CCP Asks Supreme Court to Refute “Welcome Restraint” Speech Doctrine in Trump “Travel Ban” Case

The lower court’s ruling was unnecessary and will chill vital campaign speech, argues brief Alexandria, VA – The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) and the Public Policy Legal Institute (PPLI) today filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of neither party in Int’l Refugee Assistance Project, et al. v. Trump, et al., commonly known as the […]

Filed Under: Blog, Newsroom, Press Releases, Donald Trump, International Refugee Assistance Project v. Trump, IRAP v. Trump, Public Policy Legal Institute, Supreme Court, Travel Ban

CCP Brief: $18 Million Campaign Finance Fine is Unconstitutional

Excessive fine would harm First Amendment rights. Alexandria, VA – Can a group be fined $18 million for not properly filing campaign finance reports? An amicus brief filed today by the Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) says no. Such a massive penalty is unconstitutional under the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution that bars “excessive fines.” […]

Filed Under: Blog, Newsroom, Press Releases, Eighth Amendment, State of Washington v. Grocery Manufacturers Association, Washington

New CCP Issue Brief: A World Without Buckley v. Valeo

Overturning Buckley would do great damage to the First Amendment Alexandria, VA – The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) released a new Issue Brief today summarizing key aspects of the 1976 Supreme Court decision, Buckley v. Valeo. Without the landmark decision – which many powerful politicians and activists wish to overturn – political speech and […]

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Disclosure Rulemaking Violates New Mexico Constitution, CCP Says

Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver “is not empowered to do what the Legislature and Governor chose not to do” Alexandria, VA – Can an administrative agency use the regulatory process to implement proposals that were rejected through the legislative process? Comments filed Tuesday by the Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) explain how the New Mexico Constitution […]

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Ossoff Outspends Opponent’s Campaign 5-1 but Complains About “Money in Politics”

More evidence money doesn’t buy elections Alexandria, VA – Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) President David Keating today criticized comments made by losing congressional candidate Jon Ossoff complaining about the role of money in politics in his race. Ossoff told NPR that “The role of money in politics is a major problem …. There have been super PACs in […]

Filed Under: Blog, Issues, Money in Politics, Newsroom, Press Releases, Super PACs, Georgia Sixth Congressional District, Jon Ossoff, Karen Handel, Georgia

Mississippi Supreme Court Dismisses Attempt to Discipline Judge over Protected Speech

CCP amicus brief: voters, not government, evaluate appropriateness of candidate expression Alexandria, VA – The Mississippi Supreme Court last week dismissed with prejudice an attempt to discipline a judge over constitutionally protected speech. The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP), represented by the UCLA Scott & Cyan Banister First Amendment Clinic, filed a brief in the case […]

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