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Constitutional and Practical Issues with Colorado House Bills 17-1261 and 17-1262

VIA ELECTRONIC MAIL The Honorable Vicki Marble The Honorable Jerry Sonnenberg RE: Constitutional and Practical Issues with House Bills 17-1261 and 17-1262 Dear Chair Marble, Vice-Chair Sonnenberg, and Members of the Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics (“the Center”),[1] we respectfully submit the following comments on […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure Comments, Disclosure State, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State Comments and Testimony, disclaimers, Electioneering Communications, Colorado

Alt-Twitter and the Battle for Anonymous Political Speech

On April 6th, the Department of Homeland Security took the unusual – and likely illegal and unconstitutional – step of attempting to “unmask” the user of a pseudonymous Twitter account. The account, @ALT_uscis, was one of a collection that had sprung up over the past few months to protest the Trump administration’s handling of various […]

Filed Under: Blog, Coalition for Secular Government v. Gessler Other Links, CSG v. Gessler, Delaware Strong Families v. Biden Other Links, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Independence Institute v. FEC Other Links, Independence Institute v. Gessler Other Links, @ALT_uscis, anonymous internet speech, Department of Homeland Security, DHS, Harassment, Privacy, Rick Hasen, Twitter, Colorado, Delaware

Hasen on Gorsuch on Citizens United

Rick Hasen thinks that Judge Gorsuch “misstates” the holding of Citizens United v. FEC in his Senate testimony, when he states: I think there is ample room for this body to legislate, even in light of Citizens United, whether it has to do with contribution limits, whether it has to with expenditure limits, or whether it has […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Issues, Buckley v. Valeo, Derek Muller, Gorsuch, Neil Gorsuch, Rick Hasen, Supreme Court

Constitutional and Practical Issues with Arkansas House Bill 1005

The Honorable Bob Ballinger The Honorable Jack Ladyman Re:  Constitutional and Practical Issues with House Bill 1005 Dear Chair Ballinger, Vice-Chair Ladyman, and members of the House State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics, we are writing you today to respectfully submit the following comments regarding the constitutional […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure Comments, Disclosure State, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State Comments and Testimony, Arkansas Ethics Commission, coordination, Covered Transfers, Electioneering Communications, Arkansas

Issue One Launches Plan to “Return Government to the American People” By Empowering Government

On Wednesday morning, the self-styled campaign finance “reform” group Issue One hosted an event at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The event, entitled “Returning Government to the People,” was billed as the launch of a new policy initiative to further regulate our campaign finance system. Several members of the press were in attendance […]

Filed Under: Amending Press Release/In the News/Blog, Amending the Constitution, Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits Press Release/In the News/Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, External Relations Sub-Pages, Issues, Money in Politics, Connie Morella, Dan Glickman, Issue One, Ray LaHood, Tim Roemer, Zach Wamp

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, […]

Filed Under: Blog, Corporate Governance, Corporate Governance Press Release/In the News/Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Chuck Schumer, Disclose Act, Elizabeth Warren, Mary Jo White, Securities and Exchange Commission

Comments to Montana Interim State Administration and Veterans’ Affairs Committee on Proposed Changes to Admin. Rules of Mont. § 44.11.101 et seq.

BY EMAIL ([email protected]) State Administration and Veterans’ Affairs (“SAVA”) Interim Committee, Montana State Legislature c/o: Ginger Aldrich, Committee Staff Attorney PO Box 201706 Helena, MT 59620-1706 Re:  Proposed Changes to Admin. Rules of Mont. § 44.11.101 et seq. (Commissioner of Political Practices) Dear Chair Brown, Vice Chair Bennett, and Members of the SAVA Committee: The Center […]

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

Compulsory Donor Disclosure: When Government Monitors Its Citizens

In this Heritage Foundation Legal Memorandum by CCP Chairman Bradley A. Smith, Research Fellow Scott Blackburn, and Policy Analyst Luke Wachob, the authors explain how political speech in America is subject to an ever expanding disclosure regime as more and more private information – including citizens’ names, home addresses, employers, and occupations, as well as […]

Filed Under: Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Disclosure, Disclosure, Faulty Assumptions, Featured Content, First Amendment, Independent Speech, IRS and the Tea Party, Research, Dark Money, Heritage Foundation, Private Giving, Disclosure, Faulty Assumptions, First Amendment, Independent Speech, Disclosure, Faulty Assumptions, First Amendment, Independent Speech, California, Montana, New York, Wisconsin

Comments to FEC on Notice 2015-10: Rulemaking Petition: Contributions From Corporations and Other Organizations to Political Committees

VIA ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION SYSTEM Robert M. Knop Assistant General Counsel Federal Election Commission 999 E Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20463 RE: Notice 2015-10: Rulemaking Petition: Contributions From Corporations and Other Organizations to Political Committees Dear Mr. Knop: These comments are submitted on behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics (“the Center”)[1] in response to Notice […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Disclosure, Disclosure Comments, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Federal, Federal Comments and Testimony, Money in Politics, federal election commission, foreign nationals, Make Your Laws PAC

Comments to Montana Commissioner of Political Practices on Mont. Admin. Reg. Notice No. 44-2-207

BY EMAIL ([email protected]) The Hon. Jonathan Motl Commissioner of Political Practices State of Montana 1209 Eighth Avenue Helena, MT 59620 Re:      Comments on Mont. Admin. Reg. Notice No. 44-2-207 Dear Commissioner Motl: The Center for Competitive Politics (“CCP”) submits these comments in response to your office’s proposed changes to ARM § 44.10.301 et seq., as […]

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