Wall Street Journal: Opinion: A Constitutional Amendment for Political Gain? (Video)

Center for Competitive Politics President David Keating on New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall’s resolution to restrict certain forms of speech.  

Filed Under: Amending Press Release/In the News/Blog, Broadcast, Video, Audio, In the News

Mayday PAC attacks on First Amendment fail in New Hampshire

Mayday PAC poured $1.7 million in a losing effort to support the Jim Rubens campaign for the New Hampshire Republican nomination for U.S. Senate. Rubens backed more campaign finance regulations favored by the group. Center for Competitive Politics president David Keating issued this statement in response to Mayday PAC’s loss yesterday: “Mayday PAC made a [...]

Filed Under: Money in Politics, Press Releases

USA Today: Campaign donor secrecy stops retaliation: Opposing view (In the News)

By Eric Wang Emotions roil many of our major public policy debates today. Not long ago, a potential contributor to the Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights advocacy group, might have thought twice had the law required donor disclosure. Today, it is donors to groups opposing gay marriage who have suffered retaliation. Given the emotional controversy [...]

Filed Under: Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Eric Wang, Published Articles

National Review: Udall’s Futile Fight against Free Speech (In the News)

By Luke Wachob Udall-amendment supporters might actually be banking on the fact that the amendment won’t pass. Its vague language allows them to say whatever they want about it while casting its opponents as having been “bought” by “big money,” a highly useful political tactic during a heated election season. But would senators really fabricate a crisis [...]

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

ABC7: Independence Institute calls for government transparency, now suing for “privacy of its donors” (In the News)

“We are being transparent about who funded it; the Independence Institute,” said Caldara. “We have donors and investors and people who donate money to us. I wouldn’t know which one of thousands of donors you would want to know who gave. It comes out of our general fund.”   Caldara could have produced the ad and risked [...]

Filed Under: In the News, Independence Institute Other Links

Center Releases Comment on Senate IRS Report

David Keating, president of the Center for Competitive Politics, issued this statement in reaction to a report published by Sen. Carl Levin, chairman of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, on the IRS targeting scandal: “It is no surprise that a Senator who repeatedly urged the IRS to investigate conservative non-profits now wants to sweep the [...]

Filed Under: IRS, IRS and the Tea Party, Press Releases

National Review: Wisconsin Prosecutors’ Attack on the First Amendment Gets to the Seventh Circuit (In the News)

By Hans A. von Spakovsky In a civil-rights lawsuit filed by Wisconsin Club for Growth, one of the targets of the investigation, federal district court judge Rudoph Randa put an end to this partisan witch-hunt, saying that the prosecutors were trying to criminalize political speech. That decision has been appealed to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals by the prosecutors, who [...]

Filed Under: In the News, Quotes CCP First Amendment big guns back targets of John Doe probe (In the News)

By M.D. Kittle MADISON, Wis. — Some of the sharpest First Amendment minds in the country are weighing in on a Wisconsin-based civil rights case that is testing the boundaries of prosecutors’ power and the protections of free speech. In advance of next week’s oral arguments before the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals,at least five former Federal Election Commission members, [...]

Filed Under: Quotes CCP

The Objective Standard: Speech Isn’t Free when Government Requires Speakers to Register and Report (In the News)

By Ari Armstrong Imagine how America’s Founders would have reacted if politicians had tried to force them to register with the government in order to speak their minds about politics. Needless to say, they would have acted decisively and quickly against such tyranny. But in many contexts today, under federal and state laws, people legally must [...]

Filed Under: In the News, In the News Our Cases, Independence Institute Other Links, Quotes CCP

NPR (To the Point): Without Limits, Will Campaign Contributions Dominate Politics? (In the News)

There’s just nine weeks left before the mid-term elections—and there’s more money than ever for Senate and House campaigns. In April, Alabama businessman Shaun McCutcheon gave his name to a US Supreme Court decision to eliminate legal restrictions on how much an individual can give in total to candidates and committees. McCutcheon says it’s great [...]

Filed Under: Broadcast, Video, Audio, In the News, Money in Politics