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In the News: National Review: DISCLOSE Is a SHAM

DISCLOSE Is a SHAM By Bradley A. Smith It’s an election year, and incumbents are nervous. And so, in a classic sign of political weakness, Senate Democrats have scheduled a vote on legislation that would manipulate campaign-finance laws to silence their opponents. Their weapon is the “DISCLOSE Act,” a gimmicky acronym for “Democracy Is Served […]

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In the News: National Review: McConnell Stands for Free Speech

McConnell Stands for Free Speech By Bradley A. Smith Perhaps the biggest problem with giving the government power to regulate political speech — “campaign-finance reform” — is that that power has been routinely used to try to silence political opposition. Over the past seven years, many such regulations have been struck down, on First Amendment […]

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In the News: Campaigns & Elections: Nonprofits should be wary of new DISCLOSE Act

Nonprofits should be wary of new DISCLOSE Act By Allen Dickerson The Senate Rules Committee will consider a revamped version of the previously dead DISCLOSE Act on Thursday. The bill, which has 38 Democratic co-sponsors and no Republicans, would amend the Federal Election Campaign Act to require additional disclosure requirements for corporations, labor unions and […]

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Senate hears witness testimony on “DISCLOSE” Act Thursday

DATELINE: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 CONTACT: Sarah Lee, Communications Director, Center for Competitive Politics 770.598.7961   ALEXANDRIA, Va. – CCP President David Keating will present testimony tomorrow morning before the Senate Committee on Rules & Administration concerning S. 2219, the “Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections Act of 2012” (DISCLOSE Act […]

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In the News: USA Today: We don’t need more disclosure on campaign ads

We don’t need more disclosure on campaign ads By Allen Dickerson Buried in the fine print of the Disclose Act are provisions that impede advocacy groups challenging incumbent politicians or working to influence legislation. The proposed law would do this by making political speech more expensive and running a non-profit organization more difficult. Much of […]

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Comments of CCP Legal Director Allen Dickerson on Representative Christopher Van Hollen’s Petition to the FEC

On August 22, 2011, CCP Legal Director Allen Dickerson submitted comments to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) in opposition to a Petition for Rulemaking filed with the FEC by Representative Christopher Van Hollen on April 21, 2011. CCP believes that Congressman Van Hollen’s petition misinterprets existing law while inappropriately attempting to enact by regulatory action […]

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In the News: Daily Caller: Common Cause’s selective outrage

Common Causes Selective Outrage By Sean Parnell Self-styled government watchdog Common Cause has demanded the IRS investigate the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), claiming the group has engaged in lobbying, in violation of the laws governing 501(c)(3) organizations. The allegations are not only baseless, they expose Common Cause as an organization less interested in pushing […]

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Testimony of CCP Chairman Bradley A. Smith to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the House Committee on Small Business

Written testimony of CCP Chairman Bradley A. Smith at a May 12, 2011 joint hearing of the United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the United States House Committee on Small Business, concerning a proposed Executive Order by the Obama Administration that would require bidders on government contracts to disclose their political spending.

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Comments of CCP Academic Advisor Joel Gora to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the House Committee on Small Business

Joel Gora, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Brooklyn Law School and member of CCP’s Board of Academic Advisors, submitted comments to a May 12, 2011 joint hearing of the United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the United States House Committee on Small Business, concerning a proposed Executive Order by the Obama Administration that would require bidders on government contracts to disclose their political spending.

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In the News: Columbus Dispatch: Order is attempt to muzzle contractors

Order is attempt to muzzle contractors By Bradley A. Smith The White House has quietly been circulating a draft executive order that would impose new regulations on the political speech of federal government contractors. The order is not just a solution in search of a problem; it is a problem. The Obama administration claims that […]

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