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Michigan Capitol Confidential: IRS-Style Viewpoint Discrimination in Grand Rapids City Government? (In the News)

Tom Gantert The apparent viewpoint discrimination committed by the office of the Grand Rapids city attorney may not be an isolated incident, according to the Center for Competitive Politics, a Virginia-based advocacy organization that works on First Amendment issues. In an email, CCP research fellow Scott Blackburn wrote: “This is just another example of an […]

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Lexology: State disclosure laws suffer a setback (In the News)

Jeremy Berry, Stefan Passantino, Craig Johnson, et. al The constitutionality of this disclosure provision was challenged in 2015 by the Center for Competitive Politics (“CCP”), a 501(c)(3) charity, for violating CCP’s “right of free association guaranteed by the First Amendment.” In its rejection of CCP’s challenge, the Ninth Circuit held that the law did not […]

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Denver Post: Bringing Colorado campaign finance laws in line with the Constitution (In the News)

Editorial Board Tom Paine may remain a political icon, but his modern-day successors who spend a few hundred dollars on yard signs and leaflets to support a ballot measure will be subjected to a welter of complex legal rules and no one gives it a thought. Except the courts, fortunately. In three separate opinions — […]

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More Soft Money Hard Law: Disclosure Wars: Issues of Policies and Purposes (In the News)

Bob Bauer Related to this is the question of whether it matters that a state would endeavor to keep this information off the public record, for its use only.  In another case testing the facial constitutionality of this requirement, the Center for Competitive Politics has argued unsuccessfully that the harm to its donors was complete […]

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Nonprofit Times: California Can’t Have Donor Info (In the News)

Mark Hrywna David Keating, president of the Center for Competitive Politics (CCP), was unsure how much the decision would affect his organization’s case but what came out during the trial might. Arlington, Va.-based CCP has fought similar battles against the AG’s office in recent years. “Representations the government made in our case turned out to […]

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San Francisco Chronicle: Koch-run foundation exempt from naming top donors, judge rules (In the News)

Bob Egelko In a May 2015 ruling involving another conservative foundation, the Center for Competitive Politics, the appeals court said requiring nonprofit charitable and educational organizations to report their donors to the state does not violate their rights, and that fears of public disclosure and harassment were merely “speculative.” The foundation appealed to the U.S. […]

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Washington Post: Koch-backed conservative group wins right to withhold donor list from California (In the News)

Matea Gold “I think this has fairly large implications for the ability of states to keep expanding disclosure laws,” said Bradley Smith, chairman of the Center for Competitive Politics, which has challenged the constitutionality of California’s rule. He’s hopeful that the 9th Circuit may now reconsider his organization’s case. “The big holding here is you’ve […]

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Politico: Clinton joint fundraising effort falls into ‘gray area’ (In the News)

Nick Gass Nothing in Deutsch’s letter is on its face incorrect, Noble said. Whether it’s illegal? It’s a “gray area,” he added, warning that these sorts of arrangements would only grow unless they are stopped. Others were not sure. Bradley Smith, a law professor at Capital University who served on the FEC for five years […]

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Mount Vernon News: Smith: Money does not buy elections (In the News)

Nick Sabo Many of those talking points — dark money, corporations as people — have also spawned their share of myths, said Bradley Smith, professor of law at Capital University and author of “Unfree Speech: The Folly of Campaign Finance Reform.” Smith was the featured speaker at the Knox County Republican Women’s Club luncheon Thursday. […]

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More Soft Money Hard Law: Ambition and Ambiguity (In the News)

Bob Bauer The Republican Commissioners say that the law is unclear and, absent a clear purpose to evade reporting requirements, there is no justification for enforcement.  From the outside, Brad Smith agrees, and he questions why the Democrats won’t give up on enforcement actions on which there is no agreement and simply work on a […]

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