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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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Analysis of the “DISCLOSE Act of 2017” (S. 1585): New Bill, Same Plan to Crack Down on Speech

PDF of Legislative Brief available here By Eric Wang, Senior Fellow[1] Introduction and Executive Summary Ever since the Supreme Court issued its Citizens United ruling in 2010,[2] opponents of the decision in Congress have been trying to counteract it with the “DISCLOSE Act” (“Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections Act”). Sen. […]

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Elizabeth Warren Attacks SEC Chair for Refusing to Help Her Silence Businesses

Late last week, Senator Elizabeth Warren renewed a conflict with Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Mary Jo White, calling on President Obama to remove her from her post. Senator Warren has long pursued a misguided crusade to use the SEC to require disclosure of private contributions from business entities to trade associations and advocacy groups, […]

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CPA-Zicklin Index Chills Free Speech

Alexandria, VA – The Center for Political Accountability and the Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research recently released the 2016 edition of their annual study of corporate disclosure policies regarding contributions to advocacy groups and trade associations, which seeks to stop businesses from speaking about public policies. “We should encourage businesses, like all Americans, to […]

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New Year, Same Story: 2016 CPA-Zicklin Index Chills Speech

The Center for Political Accountability (CPA) and the Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research have released the 2016 edition of their annual study of corporate disclosure policies regarding contributions to advocacy groups and trade associations. As in previous years, CPA-Zicklin acts as a wolf in sheep’s clothing, framing their concerns in terms of shareholder value […]

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CEOs May Influence Their Employees’ Contributions – and That’s Okay

A recent study purports to find a new link between the political activities of CEOs and their employees. After reviewing a large sample of S&P 1,500 firms from 1999 to 2014, the researchers found “strong evidence” that changes in the political preferences of CEOs affect employee contributions to candidates, and possibly their voter turnout. The […]

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Senator Mad Federal Agency Won’t Help him Silence Opponents

Those who seek ever more regulation of political speech love to play hopscotch with government agencies. If the FEC won’t take up your cause, try the IRS. If the IRS isn’t buying it, head to the FCC. FCC isn’t interested? Maybe you can convince DOJ to take action. “Reformers” don’t seem to care what the […]

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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. […]

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Businesses and Shareholders Shouldn’t Be Misled by the CPA-Zicklin Index

Today, the Center for Political Accountability (CPA), in conjunction with the Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research, released the 2015 installment of their annual Index of Corporate Political Disclosure and Accountability, a metric that purports to rank corporations’ disclosure policies for political and issue-related speech. We have said of past versions of the CPA-Zicklin Index […]

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2015 Proxy Season: The Relentless Targeting of Political Speech Continues

The 2015 proxy season is underway and all indications suggest that it will be another record-breaking year for the number of proposals targeting companies on their corporate political spending and lobbying activities. In 2014, political and lobbying disclosure comprised 22% of all shareholder proposals with 86 that went to a vote. Meanwhile, the Fortune 250 […]

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