The New Mexican: National group challenges bill that would require advertisers to disclose funding sources (In the News)

By Steve Terrell But a spokesman for Washington, D.C.-based Center for Competitive Politics, which promotes “First Amendment political rights of speech,” told House leaders in a Feb. 17 letter that the bill would chill free speech rights of independent expenditure groups by making them say who is paying for their ads. The letter from Matt Nese, the [...]

Filed Under: In the News, Quotes CCP

Salt Lake Tribune: Letter: Campaign limits do not reduce corruption (In the News)

By Scott Blackburn There is no correlation between contribution limits and less corruption, good government, or trust in government across the 50 states. There are six states with no contribution limits at all (your article mistakenly cited only four, but there are six — Alabama, Missouri, Nebraska, Oregon, Utah and Virginia). Those states compose four [...]

Filed Under: In the News, Published Articles, Scott Blackburn

Sacramento Bee: Another View: Rules on campaign cash limit speech (In the News)

By Luke Wachob Prior to super PACs and the Citizens United decision, individuals could already spend unlimited amounts trying to influence your vote. How do everyday citizens respond? By working together and pooling their resources. In other words, by joining political parties, or forming and supporting political action committees. Without these organizations, politicians need only answer to [...]

Filed Under: In the News, Luke Wachob, Published Articles

Library of Law and Liberty: Why Should ‘Electoral Integrity’ Exclude Freedom of Speech? (In the News)

By Bradley A. Smith Having rejected the traditional justifications for campaign-finance laws, Post attempts to build a case for them around the First Amendment “value” or “principle” of “electoral integrity.” He defines “electoral integrity” as “a property of a system of representation, in which the public trusts that representatives will be attentive to pubic opinion.” Quoting the political theorist [...]

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Pro Publica: New IRS Rules on Dark Money Likely Won’t Be Ready Before 2016 Election (In the News)

By Theodoric Meyer David Keating, president of the Center for Competitive Politics, which has called for less restrictive campaign finance regulations, said he doubted the rules would significantly affect the social welfare nonprofits that spend the most on elections, such as Crossroads GPS on the right and Patriot Majority USA on the left. “For the people who [...]

Filed Under: In the News, Quotes CCP

Brennan Center: Do Even the Koch Brothers Deserve Some Privacy? (In the News)

By Ciara Torres-Spelliscy The Protect Marriage case may not resolve the issue in CCP and APF cases since ProtectMarriage is about campaign spending in a ballot initiative and at least from the outside, there does not appear to be an allegation of political spending by either group, which is consistent with CCP’s and APF’s 501(c)(3) tax status, which bars both [...]

Filed Under: In the News, In the News Our Cases What Makes a Fair Election? (Audio) (In the News)

Featuring Allen Dickerson, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus Allen Dickerson joins us to talk about First Amendment rights when it comes to funding campaigns. What does it mean to have an undue influence on an election?   Listen…

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Wisconsin Reporter: Conservative groups ask U.S. Supreme Court to defend rights of John Doe targets (In the News)

By M.D. Kittle MADISON, Wis. — The John Doe investigation into dozens of conservative groups and Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign is “sinister,” causing “irreparable harm,” even to those right-of-center organizations not targeted in the secret probe. That’s the assessment of the Wisconsin-based John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy in a motion filed Friday in U.S. Supreme Court. MacIver is requesting to [...]

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More Soft Money Hard Law: Cause for Complaint to the FEC (In the News)

By Bob Bauer Larry Lessig and Brad Smith remain at odds over the complaint Professor Smith’s organization, the Center for Competitive Politics, filed against Mayday PAC for violating the disclaimer rules. While not using precisely this word, Lessig believes that the CCP action was petty.  The problem, he says, was a breakdown in approval procedures and vendor performance, and no [...]

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Bloomberg: Koch brothers’ group allowed to keep California donors’ names secret (In the News)

A Koch brothers advocacy group can keep its donor list secret for now, with a federal judge ruling that revealing the identities would chill free speech. The ruling comes as billionaires Charles and David Koch seek to raise almost $1 billion in the run-up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Americans for Prosperity Foundation, a nonprofit foundation [...]

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