Delmarva Public Radio: High Court Could Hear Challenge to Delaware’s Election Disclosure Law (In the News)

Don Rush The Washington-based Center for Competitive Politics says it intends to appeal a decision that the Delaware disclosure law is constitutional in a lawsuit brought by the conservative group Delaware Strong Families. Before the law, organizations would only have to give up their donors if they directly supported or opposed a candidate. Delaware Strong […]

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Wilmington News Journal: Delaware election law could head to U.S. Supreme Court (In the News)

Jon Offredo Delaware’s Elections Disclosure Act, passed in 2012 and enacted in 2013, requires third-party groups and individuals to disclose their donors to the state elections commissioner if they publish advertisements or other communications that refer to a candidate in an upcoming election. Previously, only groups that directly advocated for or against a candidate were […]

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Washington Post: Super PACs throw lifelines to candidates scrambling for cash (In the News)

Matea Gold and Phillip Rucker That heartens David Keating, a conservative activist who brought vs. FEC, the federal case that led to the creation of super PACs in 2010. If it weren’t for their well-funded outside allies, “probably a lot of these candidates wouldn’t be running, and if they were, they wouldn’t be taken […]

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Daily Caller: When Does A Candidate Become A Candidate (In the News)

Brad Smith So “testing the waters,” which doesn’t appear in federal law, is a creation of the FEC to assist potential candidates. It was not intended to subject every person who thinks about running for office to hundreds of pages of FEC rules dictating how a political campaign is run. CLC wants the FEC to […]

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Law 360: Calif. Nonprofit Donor Disclosure Row Hits Supreme Court (In the News)

Jesica Corso A nonprofit organization and frequent opponent of campaign financing limits has told the U.S. Supreme Court that the Ninth Circuit wrongly determined California’s requirement that nonprofits disclose big-money donors on a tax form does not violate free speech. The Center for Competitive Politics said in a July 30 certiorari petition that the case […]

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Orange County Register: How campaign finance laws spawned permanent presidential campaigns (In the News)

Luke Wachob and Scott Blackburn What is often lost in the debate over the need for such laws, however, is their unintended effect on the campaign process. FECA and its progeny made it harder to run for office, particularly for outsiders – those who don’t have access to a cadre of political experts and a […]

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AP: Nearly 5 dozen give a third of all ’16 campaign cash (In the News)

Julie Bykowicz and Jack Gillum “Big money gives us more competitive elections by helping many more candidates spread their message,” said David Keating, director of the Center for Competitive Politics, which advocates for fewer campaign finance limits… Many say their contributions, which the U.S. Supreme Court has recognized as equivalent to free speech, merely reflect […]

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New York Times: Small Pool of Rich Donors Dominates Election Giving (In the News)

Nicholas Confessore, Sarah Cohen and Karen Yourish “Most start-up operations need an angel investor: someone who believes in the project and the candidate and puts money in to make it viable,” said David Keating, president of the Center for Competitive Politics, which pushes for fewer limits on campaign giving. He said the potential for corruption […]

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New York Times: When Nonprofits Funnel Campaign Money (LTE) (In the News)

Luke Wachob Privacy and free speech reside at the core of the constitutional rights of Americans, and the Internal Revenue Service risks trampling on those rights when it goes outside its role as tax collector to regulate political activity. After years of investigations into I.R.S. treatment of Tea Party groups, and after meeting near-universal opposition […]

Filed Under: IRS, Published Articles

Wisconsin's "John Doe" Decision: More than "Reformers" Can Handle

Two weeks ago, the Wisconsin Supreme Court sent a shock wave through campaign finance watchers with its decision in Two Unnamed Petitioners v. Peterson. The decision terminated Wisconsin’s controversial, long-running “John Doe” investigation into allegedly illegal coordination between Governor Scott Walker and a large number of conservative organizations in the state, and set forth a […]

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