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Wall Street Journal (LTE): Lack of Privacy Limits Legitimate Conservative Activity (In the News)

By Chris Moore With regard to what we do know about political donations, the unions that sponsor the pension funds that are at the forefront of corporate-disclosure activism arguably are the largest institutional participants in the political process. Only heavily regulated and unionized businesses in the telecommunications, finance, health and defense sectors give unions a run for [...]

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Texas Tribune Festival: 2014 Tribune Festival: “Dark Money” vs. Donor Privacy (In the News)

Moderated by Center for Public Integrity Senior Political Reporter Dave Levinthal. Featured were Sunlight Foundation Editorial Director Bill Allison, state Rep. Byron Cook, Baker Hostetler Associate Andrew Grossman, Center for Competitive Politics President David Keating and Texas Ethics Commissioner Chase Untermeyer.  Listen…

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Texas Tribune Festival: 2014 Tribune Festival: “Dark Money” vs. Donor Privacy

Moderated by Center for Public Integrity Senior Political Reporter Dave Levinthal. Featured were Sunlight Foundation Editorial Director Bill Allison, Texas State Representative Byron Cook, Baker Hostetler Associate Andrew Grossman, Center for Competitive Politics President David Keating, and Texas Ethics Commissioner Chase Untermeyer.

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Insurance News Net: Groups Square Off Over Rule Limiting Muni Advisors’ Political Contributions (In the News)

By Cyril Tuohy However, Allen Dickerson, legal director for the Center for Competitive Politics, said the rule and its proposed amendments are riddled with “vagueness and over-breadth,” and present “serious constitutional concerns.” “The right to support candidates in this way, regardless of occupation, is a central liberty secured by the First Amendment,” Dickerson wrote in a comment [...]

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Carolina Journal: Analysts: Moves To Force Donor Disclosure Would Chill Speech (In the News)

By Dan Way  Speech regulators “want names of individual donors, which will chill free speech to the point if donors don’t stop donating, they’ll be harassed into not donating,” said Matthew Nese, head of legislative and policy outreach at the Center for Competitive Politics. “There’s very much a war going on,” Nese said. When speech regulators [...]

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Forbes: When It Comes To Political Donations, There Is Such A Thing As Too Much Disclosure (In the News)

By Zac Morgan In 1905, Theodore Roosevelt used the bully pulpit of his annual message to Congress on the State of the Union to advocate for “the full and verified publication in detail of all the sums contributed to and expended by the candidates or committees of any political parties.” The result, the President declared could not “but [...]

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The Arizona Republic: Fight fair on Clean Elections (In the News)

By Michael G. Miller Luke Wachob of the Center for Competitive Politics writes that Arizona’s Citizens Clean Elections Act, which provides public funding for state candidates in lieu of private contributions, has “failed to bring meaningful change to politics.” (“Let’s face it: Clean Elections has failed). Wachob cites evidence that Clean Elections has not generated more competitive races, [...]

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The Arizona Republic: Why Clean Elections’ Days are Numbered (In the News)

By Constantin Querard Luke Wachob wrote how Clean Elections “failed” based on this year’s lack of contested primaries and he bets heavily on his conclusion that “Whatever the reason, tax-financed campaign programs have consistently failed to bring meaningful change to politics…”   Read more…

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Sacramento Bee: Another View: Expand free speech by expanding free speech (In the News)

By Luke Wachob   As a result, attempts to “get money out of politics” quickly descend to regulation of every form of speech and ever more complex rules to prevent “evasion.” Even if you reversed the Supreme Court’s 1976 Buckley v. Valeo decision and limited candidate and Super PAC spending, other levers of influence exist. Wealth influences [...]

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce: CPA-Zicklin Index is Really a Tool to Silence the Business Community (In the News)

By Sean Hackbarth There’s a cottage industry of advocacy groups demanding greater transparency of businesses’ advocacy spending. One tool they use is the “CPA-Zicklin Index,” produced by the Center for Political Accountability and the Zicklin Center, which claims to measure public companies’ political disclosure policies. In the Wall Street Journal, David Primo, an associate professor of political [...]

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