In the News: Politifact: Is IRS Obama’s Watergate?

By Katie Sanders “I didn’t see him saying that at all,” said David Keating, president of the conservative-leaning Center for Competitive Politics. “All I got out of it was there is no investigation on this.” (By that, he said he means no serious, visible effort to get to the bottom of things on the part of the [...]

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In the News: Wall Street Journal: Opinion: California’s Assault on Free Speech

Center for Competitive Politics senior fellow Eric Wang on a lawsuit to stop California Attorney General Kamala Harris from demanding confidential nonprofit donor records. Photo: Getty Images  Watch…

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In the News: Christie: Campaign Finance System Is “Ridiculous”

By Scott Conroy SOMERSET, N.J. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday called for the abolishment of current federal and statewide campaign finance rules, and instead supported allowing unlimited donations to individual candidates with a public notification required within 48 hours. “If somebody, you know, wants to write me a $100,000 check for my [...]

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In the News: In politics, money is speech

By Robert J. Samuelson On its present course, the Supreme Court will ultimately overrule its 1976 decision in Buckley v. Valeo, the landmark case upholding campaign finance “reform” legislation. It can’t come too soon, because Buckley expressly ignored the First Amendment’s injunction that “Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech.” Instead [...]

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California AG faces court challenge today in free speech case

For Release: April 17, 2014  Contact: Joe Trotter  Phone: 210-352-0055 (Cell) SACRAMENTO, Calif. – This afternoon a federal court in Sacramento will hear arguments in a First Amendment case that challenges an effort by California Attorney General Kamala Harris to force nonprofit groups to turn over confidential donor records to the state. Harris is demanding that nonprofit groups [...]

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In the News: Washington Examiner: IRS should collect taxes, leave political speech alone

Editorial The proposal was so poorly written that it united groups as diverse as the American Civil Liberties Union and Americans for Prosperity. The former warned that “we can say with confidence that bona fide charitable organizations, may also, under the proposed rule, be forced to seriously ‘hedge and trim’ what should be fully protected [...]

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In the News: PBS NewsHour: Why outside groups are pouring record amounts of money into this year’s midterm elections

Well, a lot of it — a lot of the problem with the disclosure passed in some of the states, it’s generating junk disclosure, where the money that is being recorded has nothing do with the ad that’s on the air. Our group just won a ruling in the state of Delaware where Delaware was trying to force [...]

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In the News: Money talks louder after supreme court decision

By Allan Kew The world of political campaign financing has changed with the striking of the US Supreme Court gavel. In the recent ruling of McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, the Supreme Court ruled that the regulation of individual aggregate contribution to political parties and candidates in election cycles was unconstitutional. Read more…

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In the News: Washington Post: Scratching the surface

By PROF. BRADLEY A. SMITH “Separation of Campaign and State” checks in at about 25,000 words, and I feel it barely scratches the surface of setting forth the justifications for and benefits of a doctrine of separation of campaign and state. Cutting it to five blog posts is to barely leave a fingerprint on the surface. Nonetheless, I [...]

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In the News: Delaware Newzap: State to appeal ruling in election disclosure case

By Jen Rini Delaware Strong Families, a conservative think-tank, filed a complaint in 2013 related to the Delaware Election Disclosures Act, which requires nonprofits who publish voters guides and similar electioneering material costing $500 or more to file campaign reports with the elections commissioner within 30 days of a primary and 60 days before a general election. Prior [...]

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