Federal

Comments to Representative Peter Roskam Rebutting Unfounded Arguments about H.R. 5053 (“Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act”)

PDF of the letter available here The Honorable Peter Roskam Dear Representative Roskam: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics,[1] thank you for your introducing H.R. 5053, the “Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act,” which would eliminate the IRS requirement that tax-exempt organizations must file their Form 990, Schedule B – listing […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Federal Comments and Testimony, IRS and the Tea Party, Bank Secrecy Act, Form 990, Schedule B

Comments to the SEC on MSRB and FINRA Pay-to-Play Rules, File No. SR-MSRB-2015-14, File No. SR-FINRA-2015-056

Via Electronic Submission Mr. Brent Fields Secretary Securities and Exchange Commission 100 F Street, NE Washington, DC 20549-1090 Re:      MSRB and FINRA Pay-to-Play Rules, File No. SR-MSRB-2015-14, File No. SR-FINRA-2015-056 To the Chairman and Commissioners: This letter is submitted on behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics (“CCP”), a § 501(c)(3) organization founded to educate […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Federal, Federal Comments and Testimony, FINRA, MAP, MSRB, pay-to-play, SEC

Omnibus and Tax Extenders Bills Contain Seven Provisions Safeguarding Free Speech

On December 16, 2015, Democrats and Republicans in Congress struck a deal on omnibus spending and Tax Extenders legislation. Lawmakers should be lauded for including seven provisions in these bills that protect or enhance First Amendment free speech and free association rights, including the constitutionally-protected right of private giving to advocate for social change. Specifically, […]

Filed Under: Blog, Corporate Governance Federal, Corporate Governance Handouts, Federal, Federal Press Releases and Blogs, IRS, IRS and the Tea Party, Executive order, Gift Tax, Omnibus, SEC, Tax Extenders

Comments to IRS on NPRM, REG-138344-13 (Nonprofit Donor SSN Reporting)

Via Federal eRulemaking Portal The Hon. John A. Koskinen Commissioner of Internal Revenue CC:PA:LPD:PR (REG-138344-13) Room 5203 Internal Revenue Service P.O. Box 7604, Ben Franklin Station Washington, DC 20044 RE:      Comments on IRS NPRM, REG-138344-13 Dear Commissioner Koskinen: The Center for Competitive Politics (“CCP”) submits these comments in response to the above-referenced Notice of Proposed […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Federal, Federal Comments and Testimony, IRS and the Tea Party, Social Security Numbers

Coalition Letter in Support of “Fair Treatment for All Gifts Act” (H.R. 1104) in Tax Extenders Legislation

PDF of the House letter available here. | PDF of the Senate letter available here. Dear Member of Congress: The undersigned civil liberties, free expression, and nonprofit advocacy groups and attorneys who represent advocacy organizations have a wide variety of views on the political spectrum. However, we are united in writing to express our strong […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Federal Comments and Testimony, Gift Tax, IRS and the Tea Party, Tax Extenders

An Open Letter to Conservatives: Why Party Coordinated Limits Should Be Repealed

There has been some controversy on a measure that would essentially lift the limits on parties coordinating with their candidates in general election campaigns. The provision was adopted by the Senate Committee on Appropriations in July as part of the Financial Services appropriations bill. This provision may become part of the omnibus appropriations bill. Below […]

Filed Under: Blog, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits Comments, Contribution Limits Federal, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Federal, Federal Comments and Testimony, Darryl R. Wold, David Mason, Hans von Spakovsky, James Bopp Jr., Lee Ann Elliott, Michael E. Toner, Omnibus

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 FEC on Notice 2015-09 Rulemaking Petition: Independent Spending by Corporations, Labor Organizations, Foreign Nationals, and Certain Political Committees (Citizens United)

VIA ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION SYSTEM Amy L. Rothstein Assistant General Counsel Federal Election Commission 999 E Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20463 RE: Comments on Notice 2015-09 Rulemaking Petition: Independent Spending by Corporations, Labor Organizations, Foreign Nationals, and Certain Political Committees (Citizens United) Dear Ms. Rothstein: These comments are submitted on behalf of the Center for Competitive […]

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, Super PACs, federal election commission, foreign nationals, public citizen

Comments to FEC regarding the Petition for Rulemaking on Federal Contractors (REG 2014-09) (Notice 2015-06)

BY EMAIL ([email protected]) Federal Election Commission Attn.: Amy L. Rothstein, Assistant General Counsel 999 E Street NW Washington, DC 20463 Re: Comments regarding the Petition for Rulemaking on Federal Contractors (REG 2014-09) (Notice 2015-06) Dear Commissioners: The Center for Competitive Politics (“CCP”) submits these comments in response to the Petition for Rulemaking (the “Petition”) filed […]

Filed Under: Blog, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits Comments, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Federal, Federal Comments and Testimony, Super PACs, federal election commission, public citizen

Comments on the Federal Election Commission’s “Public Forum on Women in Politics”

Chair Ann M. Ravel Vice Chairman Matthew S. Petersen Re:  Federal Election Commission “Public Forum on Women in Politics” Dear Chair Ravel, Vice Chairman Petersen, and fellow Commissioners: The Center for Competitive Politics[1] enthusiastically supports efforts to encourage greater participation in political campaigns. Actions to make it easier for citizens to run for office and […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Federal, Federal Comments and Testimony, Tax Financed Campaigns Comments, Draft Committees, federal election commission, Women in Politics, Arizona, Connecticut, Maine