Wyoming Liberty Group: WyLiberty Arguments End Political Inquisition in Texas (In the News)

“Election laws are supposed to clean up politics,” said Klein. “But this case proves that malicious, partisan prosecutors can use these laws as the dirtiest political tool.” WyLiberty’s briefs—joined by the Center for Competitive Politics—addressed the implications of the DeLay prosecution on free speech, showing that Texas law allowed for each transaction and that the prosecution’s interpretation would violate the [...]

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Miller Center: RESOLVED: Our Campaign Finance System is Corrupting American Democracy (Video)

Features Brad Smith, Vik Amar, Ann Ravel, and Sean McCucheon. Watch clips… Transcript…

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Acton Institute: ‘Greater Transparency’ Really Means Shutting Down Corporate Free Speech (In the News)_

By Bruce Walker “Treating the CPA-Zicklin Index as a measure of ‘best corporate practices’ is like asking foxes to offer best practices for henhouses,” according to CCP President David Keating. Corporations have an obligation to do what is in the best interest of their shareholders, not comply with the demands of a non-profit that opposes speech [...]

Filed Under: In the News, Quotes CCP

Newsweek: As Dark Money Floods U.S. Elections, Regulators Turn a Blind Eye (In the News)

By Leah McGrath Goodman “By law, it has to be three commissioners for each party, and you need four votes to get anything done. The laws are frequently confusing, and the debates are real,” says Bradley Smith, chairman of the Center for Competitive Politics, a nonprofit organization working for First Amendment rights, who was an FEC [...]

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Midland Reporter-Telegram: Panel weighs pros, cons of campaign donor reporting (In the News)

By Joseph Basco David Keating, the president of the Center for Competitive Politics, was more critical of the current laws, as opposed to dark money matters. “To give an idea of how bad the campaign finance laws are, the tax code is a model of simplicity and clarity compared to campaign finance law,” Keating said. [...]

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Wall Street Journal: A Political Attack on Shareholder Value (In the News)

By David M. Primo Last week the Center for Political Accountability and the Zicklin Center at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School released the annual “CPA-Zicklin Index,” which ranks companies based on disclosure policies for political activities. The more you disclose, the better you score. The aptly named Noble Energy and transportation giant CSX topped the list, while 20 companies, including Warren Buffett’s Berkshire [...]

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Fiscal Times: Which Big Companies Are Keeping Their Politics a Secret? (In the News)

By Yuval Rosenberg Groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Business Roundtable and the Center for Competitive Politics have pushed back against the emphasis on disclosure and suggested that campaigns to pressure companies into further disclosure are really aimed at limiting political participation and speech by businesses. “The Index is nothing more than a tool for [...]

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Washington Post: Study: Major companies are increasingly disclosing their political spending (In the News)

By Tom Hamburger The Center for Competitive Politics criticized the newly released index as a “flawed and partisan measure of corporate accountability.” “Corporations have an obligation to do what is in the best interest of their shareholders, not comply with the demands of a non-profit that opposes speech by the business community,” said CCP Chairman Brad Smith, [...]

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Cato Institute: The Senate’s Breathtaking Stab at Political Speech (In the News)

Serious or not, the U.S. Senate leadership’s attempt at curbing political speech would have dramatically reduced the range of political debate. Allen Dickerson of the Center for Competitive Politics comments on the failed amendment to the Constitution.   Listen…  

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The Arizona Republic: Let’s face it: Clean Elections has failed (In the News)

By Luke Wachob The independent Government Accountability Office studied these programs and found that public financing regimes in Arizona and Maine did not encourage new candidates or aid candidates challenging incumbents. On the contrary, “[t]here were no statistically significant differences observed for … contestedness (number of candidates per race) and incumbent reelection rates.” In addition, a Center [...]

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