Top Texas Criminal Court Upholds Tom DeLay Acquittal

Alexandria, VA – This morning the top Texas criminal court upheld an Appeals Court decision to acquit former Congressman Tom DeLay of charges of “judgments convicting him of the offenses of money laundering of funds of $100,000 or more and conspiracy to commit money laundering of funds of $100,000 or more.” The Court concluded “We [...]

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Midland Reporter-Telegram: Panel weighs pros, cons of campaign donor reporting (In the News)

By Joseph Basco David Keating, the president of the Center for Competitive Politics, was more critical of the current laws, as opposed to dark money matters. “To give an idea of how bad the campaign finance laws are, the tax code is a model of simplicity and clarity compared to campaign finance law,” Keating said. [...]

Filed Under: In the News, Quotes CCP

Wall Street Journal: A Political Attack on Shareholder Value (In the News)

By David M. Primo Last week the Center for Political Accountability and the Zicklin Center at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School released the annual “CPA-Zicklin Index,” which ranks companies based on disclosure policies for political activities. The more you disclose, the better you score. The aptly named Noble Energy and transportation giant CSX topped the list, while 20 companies, including Warren Buffett’s Berkshire [...]

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Fiscal Times: Which Big Companies Are Keeping Their Politics a Secret? (In the News)

By Yuval Rosenberg Groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Business Roundtable and the Center for Competitive Politics have pushed back against the emphasis on disclosure and suggested that campaigns to pressure companies into further disclosure are really aimed at limiting political participation and speech by businesses. “The Index is nothing more than a tool for [...]

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Washington Post: Study: Major companies are increasingly disclosing their political spending (In the News)

By Tom Hamburger The Center for Competitive Politics criticized the newly released index as a “flawed and partisan measure of corporate accountability.” “Corporations have an obligation to do what is in the best interest of their shareholders, not comply with the demands of a non-profit that opposes speech by the business community,” said CCP Chairman Brad Smith, [...]

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Cato Institute: The Senate’s Breathtaking Stab at Political Speech (In the News)

Serious or not, the U.S. Senate leadership’s attempt at curbing political speech would have dramatically reduced the range of political debate. Allen Dickerson of the Center for Competitive Politics comments on the failed amendment to the Constitution.   Listen…  

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The Arizona Republic: Let’s face it: Clean Elections has failed (In the News)

By Luke Wachob The independent Government Accountability Office studied these programs and found that public financing regimes in Arizona and Maine did not encourage new candidates or aid candidates challenging incumbents. On the contrary, “[t]here were no statistically significant differences observed for … contestedness (number of candidates per race) and incumbent reelection rates.” In addition, a Center [...]

Filed Under: Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, In the News, Luke Wachob, Published Articles

New CPA-Zicklin Index Flawed

“Like asking a fox to offer ‘best practices’ for henhouses.” The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) today criticized the newly released 2014 Center for Political Accountability (CPA-Zicklin) index as a “flawed and partisan measure of corporate accountability.” “Treating the CPA-Zicklin Index as a measure of ‘best corporate practices’ is like asking foxes to offer best [...]

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Washington Times: The right to speak and be left alone (In the News)

By Scott Blackburn The Center for Competitive Politics, representing the institute in court, argues that its donors shouldn’t have to choose between speaking their minds on political issues and telling the government where they work and live. Donors who might help fund the ads won’t open their checkbooks if they lose their privacy. The disclosure mandate imposed on [...]

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CFIF: Former FEC Chairman Pans So-Called DISCLOSE Act of 2014 (In the New)

Bradley Smith, Founder of the Center for Competitive Politics and former Federal Elections Commission Chairman, discusses his recent testimony before the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration regarding the DISCLOSE Act of 2014 and why the proposed excessive disclosure requirements can damage Listen…

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