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Sunlight Foundation: Influence Analytics 2014: IRS political regs, Keystone XL & cigars draw most comments (In the News)

By Nancy Watzman That seemed to be the case for the comments about the IRS proposal to regulate political nonprofits. Most of the comments appeared to be organized by conservative groups opposed to the agency setting standards for what constitutes political activity by nonprofit organizations, our earlier reporting showed. Among comments where we found similarity of language, negative comments [...]

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KTRH: Presidential Campaigns to Top $1 Billion (In the News)

By Nik Rajovic While a billion dollars appears to be a sizable amount of money, David Keating at the Center for Competitive Politics insists elections cannot be bought and sold. “All it does is buy people a voice, obviously some buy more ads than others, but in the end its going to come down to the wisdom of the [...]

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Washington Examiner: Jeb Bush on campaign finance: ‘no limits’ (In the News)

By Jason Russell Besides alleviating concerns over freedom of speech, the elimination of contribution limits would also greatly simplify the campaign finance system. Keating told the Washington Examiner that campaign finance laws “are so complicated they make the tax code look like a model of simplicity and clarity.” Limits lead to complex laws that are supposed to ensure limits cannot [...]

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Alliance for Justice: Groups say demand for nonprofit’s internal records threatens First Amendment rights (In the News)

“We support their effort to conduct effective oversight and believe that government agencies must follow the Administrative Procedure Act,” said David Keating, President of the Center for Competitive Politics.  “At the same time, if a Committee suspects an agency is not following the law, Congress has many tools to get needed information from government officials and agencies.  At this [...]

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CPI: New FEC chief on ‘dark money’ mission (In the News)

By Dave Levinthal “I expect [Ravel] to use her bully pulpit to advance issues she cares about,” Goodman said. “That’s fine. We’ll debate respectfully and enthusiastically. I’m not expecting things to fall apart.” Brad Smith, a former FEC chairman who now leads pro-campaign deregulation group Center for Competitive Politics, says the agency might have some measure of success next [...]

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Constitution Daily: Constitution Check: How much secrecy does the First Amendment give to political donors? (In the News)

By Lyle Denniston This year, however, the attorney general of California has been moving energetically to force politically active groups that have tax-exempt status under that state’s laws to disclose to the state government the list of donors that they have filed with the IRS.  State officials promise not to publicly disclose those lists, but they would use them [...]

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Breitbart: California Attorney General Sued to Stop Disclosure of Conservative Group’s Donor Addresses (In the News)

By Chriss W. Street Conservatives were shocked at the demand and suspicious that Attorney General Harris intended to engage in the type of alleged unethical action by IRS manager Lois Lerner, who may have used the IRS to retaliate against Tea Party members.  Americans for Prosperity complained that they had registered every year in California since 2001 and had [...]

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Legal Newsline: Koch brothers group files suit against Calif. AG, refuses to disclose donors (In the News)

By John O’Brien The complaint says the AFP’s views are not “universally popular” and that it must protect its donors from retaliation. “It has learned from experience that it must zealously guard the confidentiality of its donors to ensure their safety,” it says. “Grotesque threats have been leveled against known associates of the Foundation, ranging from [...]

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OC Register: Koch brothers group sues California AG to block disclosure of its donors (In the News)

By Steve Green Another nonprofit organization, the Center for Competitive Politics, filed suit in March but a federal judge in Sacramento denied its motion for a preliminary injunction against Harris. That case is on appeal to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Attorneys for the Center for Competitive Politics say it’s a nonprofit working to promote the [...]

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NY Times: Who Wants to Buy a Politician? (In the News)

By Binyamin Appelbaum Such extravagance, however, is proving to be the exception. Even the 2012 presidential election, which recorded $2.6 billion in campaign spending, underperformed many forecasts. And spending has declined in each of the last two congressional elections. Candidates and other interested parties spent $3.7 billion on this year’s midterms, down from an inflation-adjusted total of $3.8 billion [...]

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