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Comments of CCP Vice President Steve Hoersting on Coordinated Communications Rulemaking

The Center for Competitive Politics submitted comments Jan. 19 regarding the FEC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Coordinated Communications, 74 FR 53893 (Oct. 21, 2009). Comments were submitted Jan. 19, 2010. For more information on the FEC’s NPRM in this area, see the FEC’s website.

CCP’s comments focus the need for the FEC to craft regulations that protect speech and association rights after the Shays III ruling.

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Quinn announces campaign finance veto, will try again

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn announced his intention today to veto a misguided campaign finance regulation bill.

“Even a self-styled reformer like Gov. Quinn recognized what we have been saying for a long time: so-called campaign finance reform is often used by politicians to benefit themselves at the expense of challengers and political outsiders, while ignoring real solutions to cleaning up government,” said Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) President Sean Parnell.

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Testimony of CCP Research Director Laura Renz to the Illinois Joint Committee on Government Reform

Written testimony of CCP Research & Government Relations Director Laura Renz at a March 16, 2009 hearing of the Illinois Joint Committee on Government Reform on the topic of campaign finance regulation.

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Testimony of CCP Chairman Bradley A. Smith to Illinois Reform Commission

Written testimony of CCP Chairman Bradley A. Smith at a February 23, 2009 hearing of the Illinois Reform Commission on the topic of campaign finance.

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CCP Chairman testifies before Illinois Reform Commission

Bradley A. Smith, the Chairman of the Center for Competitive Politics (CCP), testified today at a hearing of the Illinois Reform Commission. Smith provided expert advice on ideas for improving campaign finance and ethics laws in Illinois.

Smith counseled against passing reactionary legislative measures in response to the scandal involving former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. He suggested commission members compare the promises of campaign finance "reformers" with the results of past efforts before enacting any legislation that curbs free speech rights.

"The core assumption of most ‘reformers’ is that the public shares identical perspectives on important public policy issues, and absent the campaign contributions of self-interested groups the government could easily implement measures the general public supports," Smith said in prepared testimony. "This charge is not just wrong, it’s fundamentally anti-democratic. It requires you to believe the United States is a homogenous society, filled with citizens who all share roughly identical ideologies and interests, and that there is no honest disagreement among citizens about what constitutes good public policy."

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Van Hollen intervenes in support of failed campaign finance restriction

Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland has filed papers to join the legal battle over the ‘soft money’ ban in the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (BCRA), raising the stakes in an effort by congressional supporters to defend their failed law restricting political speech.

"The federal government doesn’t have the power to regulate the financing of state and local elections," said Center for Competitive Politics Chairman Bradley A. Smith, a former FEC Chairman. "It shouldn’t be able to tell the national political parties they can raise only limited funds for state and local purposes. The court will have the opportunity to examine the flawed decision that national party spending on non-federal campaigns can be restricted to remedy a vague and unjustified corruption concern connected to federal politicians."

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Comments of the Center for Competitive Politics on Issue Advocacy Regulation in Wisconsin

The Center for Competitive Politics comments to the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board in regards to its review of issue advocacy regulation.

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Testimony of CCP President Sean Parnell to Wisconsin State Senate Committee on Campaign Finance Reform, Rural Issues and Information Technology

Written testimony of CCP President Sean Parnell at a February 12, 2008 hearing of the Wisconsin State Senate Committee on Campaign Finance Reform, Rural Issues and Information Technology  on the topic of Senate Bill 12, 25 and 463.

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Case Study No. 1: Philadelphia’s (Predictable) Unintended Consequences: The Failure of Contribution Limits in the 2007 Mayor’s Race

CCP study on the effect of contribution limits on Philadelphia’s 2007 mayoral race.

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Campaign Finance Law Hurts New Yorkers

Today, New York City council considers a proposal to overhaul New York City’s campaign finance laws that will create second class political citizens and greatly expand taxpayer subsidies of campaigns.

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