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First Amendment group criticizes ‘pay-to-play’ decision

Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) President Sean Parnell criticized the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut decision on a challenge to so-called "pay-to-play" legislation in Connecticut.

"The U.S. District Court today unfortunately found that some are, in fact, less equal than others when it comes to enjoying the full protections of the First Amendment," Parnell said. "In limiting the free speech rights of those who make a living representing the interests of the Nutmeg State’s citizens before their government as well as those who agree to provide services or goods to the government, the court has turned on its head the idea that every American citizen has equal rights under the law."

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Right to Life seeks Right to Speak – national media release

The Ohio Right to Life Society filed a lawsuit today in federal court challenging an Ohio law mandating that the group report all contributors who contribute $200 or more to the group so that it can run advertisements mentioning the name of a political candidate within 30 days of an election.

"The government cannot simply compile a database of citizens’ political activities without providing a compelling reason," said Stephen Hoersting, vice president of the Center for Competitive Politics and an attorney representing the group. "Compelled disclosure is supposed to put sunlight on the operations of government, not glare on the operations of citizens." 

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Blogger Protection Act of 2008 Introduced

The "Blogger Protection Act of 2008" was introduced today.  The bill would protect bloggers from dangerous campaign finance regulations.

The proposed legislation, introduced today, guarantees blogs the same protections granted to other forms of media under federal campaign finance laws. 

"Bloggers deserve to have their First Amendment rights secured in statute," said Bradley A. Smith, chairman of the Center for Competitive Politics. "Blogs have transformed the political process and made communication among citizens exponentially easier."   

The legislation also protects bloggers from ever being considered to have made a contribution or expenditure on behalf of, or in opposition to, a candidate by simply linking to campaign websites or writing about the positions of federal candidates.   

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Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to Millionaire’s Amendment

The Supreme Court announced today that it will hear a challenge to the so-called "Millionaire’s Amendment" provisions of federal campaign finance law.

The provisions, which increase contribution limits by at least 300 percent for candidates facing a self-financed opponent, are being challenged by Jack Davis, a former Democratic congressional candidate in New York’s 26th district.

In court filings, Davis argues that the Millionaire’s Amendment does not limit "the corrupting influence of campaign contributors" and instead, "serves to protect well-financed incumbents who wrote the statute."

"This case exposes and undermines the ‘corruption rationale’ used to justify most campaign finance laws," says Bradley A. Smith, chairman of the Center for Competitive Politics, which will file an amicus brief in the case. 

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Center for Competitive Politics Files Comments Supporting ActBlue’s Campaign Finance Innovation

The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) filed comments with the FEC today supporting ActBlue’s Advisory Opinion Request (AOR 2007-27), which focuses on the ability of union and corporate PACs to raise money.

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Court ruling means no FEC rulemaking process on “527” organizations

ARLINGTON, VA – Today, the United States Court for the District of Columbia granted summary judgment to the Federal Election Commission in the campaign finance case Rep. Christopher Shays, et al v. FEC.  The ruling means that the FEC does not have to institute rulemaking to regulate 527 groups.  Instead, the FEC can continue with case-by-case review of 527 organizations.

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Washington Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Free Speech

ARLINGTON, VA – The Washington Supreme Court unanimously upheld the freedom of the press with its decision today in San Juan County v No New Gas Tax. The case was being watched closely by free speech advocates nationwide.

"The First Amendment can breathe a sigh of relief today," said former chair of the Federal Election Commission and Center for Competitive Politics chairman Bradley Smith. "The Court wisely decided that government cannot prohibit the media from participating in public debate."

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