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Lawsuit challenges contribution limit law favoring incumbents

The Center for Competitive Politics today announced that it has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Florida couple saying that a law that often allows congressional incumbents to raise twice as much from donors to spend on their general election campaigns as compared to challengers is unconstitutional under the First Amendment. Federal campaign finance [...]

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New report finds broad opposition to IRS regulations on political speech

Alexandria, Va. — 87 percent of concerned individuals sampled and 97 percent of organizations, nonprofit experts, and public officials oppose to varying degrees IRS regulations limiting the speech rights of societally important social welfare organizations, according to a new report from the Center for Competitive Politics (CCP). “It is truly remarkable how widespread opposition to [...]

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More Soft Money Hard Law: The Coordination of Issue Advocacy Part II: Progressive Conflicts and a Hypothetical (In the News)

By Bob Bauer The theory behind keeping candidates from coordinating with “outside group” issue advocacy is that the candidates have to account for the benefits they receive from associating with their allies. If the groups spend money on issues also identified with the candidates, then the candidates are getting “contributions” that must be tracked and [...]

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Washington Examiner: McCutcheon hysterics should breathe deep and look at facts (In the News)

By Luke Wachob A new report analyzing the policy implications of the Supreme Court’s biggest campaign finance case of the year, McCutcheon v. FEC, suggests that the controversy surrounding the decision is severely overblown. Prior to the case, few people seemed to care about, or even be aware of, aggregate contribution limit laws, which limit [...]

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CPI: Is this super PAC subverting disclosure rules? (In the News)

By Michael Beckel Super PACs are supposed to disclose the identities of their donors. Except when they don’t, exactly. Nearly all of the money raised by the Citizens for a Working America PAC, a super PAC that’s spent more than $2 million on ads boosting businessman David Perdue in Georgia’s contentious Republican U.S. Senate primary, has [...]

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The Hill: Get the IRS out of the speech-police business (In the News)

By Luke Wachob Take some debunked IRS talking points. Add misleading context. Now subtract any mention of the role played by politicians and groups advocating for greater regulation of political speech. This recipe for disaster is Lisa Gilbert’s recent Hill article on the IRS scandal, and it begs for correction. The IRS scandal, for those needing a reminder, concerns [...]

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National Review: Does Religious Speech Threaten Democracy? (In the News)

By Zac Morgan Section 2 allows Congress to explicitly ban corporations or other associations from spending money to influence elections — but Lord only knows what “influencing elections” actually means. (To give you an idea, a surprising number of states, even with the protections of the current First Amendment, seem to believe it includes saying the name of [...]

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Media Watch: Undisclosed? Off-the-Radar? Underground Elections? Hardly.

Every now and then its worth taking a step back and checking up on how stories are being reported about campaign finance. Yesterday, Eliza Newlin Carney wrote in an article for Roll Call (New FCC Disclosures Reveal Underground Election): A trove of new public records recently opened up by the Federal Communications Commission sheds light on [...]

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Albuquerque Journal: Weh: Udall should return $46K contribution (In the News)

By Michael Coleman Weh based his request on an ethics complaint filed in June against nine U.S. senators – including Udall – by the conservative-leaning, Washington-based Center for Competitive Politics. The group has alleged that to varying degrees the nine senators used their positions to pressure the IRS to crack down on conservative nonprofit groups, such as [...]

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Roll Call: Hobby Lobby Ruling Fuels Amendment Push (In the News)

By Eliza Newlin Carney “It’s going to take a comprehensive approach to campaign finance reform to make sure that elections are in the hands of people and not corporate voices,” said Tester spokeswoman Marnee Banks. Conservatives reject proposals to amend the Constitution out of hand, arguing that the Udall-Bennet measure is over-broad and would free Congress and [...]

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