State Comments and Testimony

Comments and Suggested Language to California Fair Political Practices Commission on Proposed Revisions to Political Reform Act of 1974

PDF of analysis and recommended language available here Ms. Jodi Remke Chairwoman Fair Political Practices Commission 428 J Street, Suite 620 Sacramento, CA 95814 Dear Ms. Remke: As you know, California’s Fair Political Practices Commission (“FPPC”), the body charged with the administration and enforcement of California’s Political Reform Act (“Act”), has partnered with the University […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State, State Comments and Testimony, California Fair Political Practices Commission, FPPC, Political Reform Act of 1974, California

Analysis of Multnomah Co. Measure Number 26-184 (“Fair Elections and Clean Governance Charter Amendment”)

PDF of analysis available here This November, the citizens of Multnomah County, Oregon – the county where the City of Portland is located – will be asked to approve “A Fair Elections and Clean Governance Charter Amendment” (“Amendment”). The Amendment may impact the First Amendment rights of all citizens of Multnomah County and nonprofit organizations […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Comments, Disclosure State, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State, State Comments and Testimony, Civil Cause of Action, Enforcement, Oregon

Analysis of Washington State Initiative 1464

PDF of analysis available here By Eric Wang, Senior Fellow[1] Initiative 1464, which is on the Washington statewide ballot for the upcoming general election, would amend the state’s campaign finance and lobbying laws in various respects. In this analysis, the Center for Competitive Politics (“CCP”)[2] focuses on two enforcement-related mechanisms in the Initiative because similar […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State, State Comments and Testimony, Enforcement, Private Right of Action, Public Disclosure Commission, Washington Government Accountability Act, Colorado, Washington

Letter to California Governor Jerry Brown on Constitutional Issues with S.B. 1107

PDF of letter available here Via fax and mail The Honorable Governor Jerry Brown c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173 Sacramento, CA 95814 Dear Governor Brown: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics,[1] I urge you to veto Senate Bill 1107, which amends the Political Reform Act of 1974 to permit the State of California […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State, State Comments and Testimony, Tax Financed Campaigns Comments, Tax Financed Campaigns State, Tax-Financing, Governor Jerry Brown, Political Reform Act of 1974, S.B. 1107, California

Analysis of the “South Dakota Government Accountability and Anti-Corruption Act” (2016 Initiated Measure 22)

PDF of analysis available here By Eric Wang, Senior Fellow[1] This November, South Dakotans will be asked to approve or reject ten statewide ballot questions. Among these is Initiated Measure 22, which would make approximately 70 changes to the state’s campaign finance and lobbying laws. While some of these provisions are minor, others set forth […]

Filed Under: Blog, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits Comments, Contribution Limits State, Disclosure, Disclosure Comments, Disclosure State, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State Comments and Testimony, Tax Financed Campaigns Comments, Tax Financed Campaigns State, Tax-Financing, 2016 Initiated Measure 22, South Dakota Democracy Credit Program, South Dakota

Letter to the California Fair Political Practices Commission on Proposed SB 1107 Amendment

The Honorable Jodi Remke Chair California Fair Political Practices Commission 438 J Street, Suite 620 Sacramento, California 95814 RE: The Proposed SB 1107 Amendment of the Political Reform Act’s Public Financing Ban Does Not “Further [the] Purposes” of the Act and May Not Be Enacted by the Legislature Without Referral to the Voters under Article […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State Comments and Testimony, Tax Financed Campaigns Comments, Tax Financed Campaigns State, Political Reform Act of 1974, California

Letter to New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on Constitutional Issues with Executive Order No. 157

PDF of the letter available here Via fax and mail The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo Governor of New York State NYS State Capitol Building Albany, NY 12224 Dear Governor Cuomo: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics,[1] we write in regards to Executive Order No. 157, which you issued on June 5, and which […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State Comments and Testimony, BDS, Executive Order No. 157, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, New York

Analysis of the Proposed Minnesota Constitutional Amendment Requiring Disclosure of Certain Contributions and Campaign Expenditures (H.F. 2727)

The Honorable Kurt Daudt The Honorable Paul Thissen Re:  Analysis of the Proposed Minnesota Constitutional Amendment Requiring Disclosure of Certain Contributions and Campaign Expenditures (H.F. 2727) Dear Speaker Daudt, Minority Leader Thissen, and members of the House: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics (CCP),[1] we respectfully submit the following comments analyzing a bill […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure Comments, Disclosure State, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State Comments and Testimony, Minnesota DISCLOSE Act, Minnesota

Analysis of Alabama S.B. 356 (Constitutional Amendment to Regulate Political Contributions and Spending)

The Honorable Del Marsh The Honorable Arthur Orr Re:  Analysis of S.B. 356 (Constitutional Amendment to Regulate Political Contributions and Spending) Dear President Pro Tempore Marsh, Senator Orr, and members of the Senate: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics (“CCP” or the “Center”),[1] we respectfully submit the following comments analyzing S.B. 356, as […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure Comments, Disclosure State, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State Comments and Testimony

Significant Constitutional and Practical Issues with Rhode Island Senate Bill 2369, to amend Section 17-25-7 of the General Laws

The Honorable Michael J. McCaffrey The Honorable Paul V. Jabour Re:  Significant Constitutional and Practical Issues with Senate Bill 2369, to amend Section 17-25-7 of the General Laws Dear Chairperson McCaffrey, Vice Chairperson Jabour, and members of the Senate Judiciary Committee: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics,[1] I respectfully submit the following comments […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure Comments, Disclosure State, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State Comments and Testimony, Financial Town Meetings, Rhode Island