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Citizen Sues Missouri Ethics Commission for First Amendment Violations

Alexandria, VA – The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) today announced a federal lawsuit and motion for a temporary restraining order has been filed on behalf of Ron Calzone against the Missouri Ethics Commission (MEC). Calzone has been targeted by Missouri State Capitol insiders and the MEC for his volunteer advocacy for individual liberty, free […]

Filed Under: Blog, Calzone v MEC, Legal, Press Releases, Missouri Ethics Commission, Ron Calzone, Zac Morgan, Current Cases (Litigation), Missouri

Supreme Court Rejects Colorado Appeal In Coalition For Secular Government Case

Alexandria, VA – The Center for Competitive Politics released the following statement after the United States Supreme Court denied an appeal by the state of Colorado to hear Coalition for Secular Government (CSG) v. Williams. In the case, an appeals court ruled that Colorado’s ballot issue disclosure law violates the First Amendment for groups raising […]

Filed Under: Blog, CSG v. Gessler, In the News, In the News Our Cases, Press Releases, CSG v. Williams, U.S. Supreme Court, Current Cases (Litigation), Colorado

CCP v. Harris: Plaintiff-Appellant Excerpts of Record (Ninth Circuit)

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Filed Under: CCP v. Harris, Legal, All CCP Legal Documents, CCP v. Harris, Current Cases (Filings), Current Cases (Litigation), Filings, Litigation

Comments and Testimony

Analysis of South Carolina S. 255: An Unconstitutional Bill Seeking to Reshuffle the Titanic’s Deck Chairs – After the Ship Has Sunk Already

PDF of analysis available here By Eric Wang, Senior Fellow[1] The Center for Competitive Politics (“CCP”)[2] provides the following analysis of the bill designated as S. 255[3] to regulate certain “campaign practices,” which is currently pending before the South Carolina Senate Committee on the Judiciary. To invoke a metaphor that is overused, but one that […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Comments, Disclosure State, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State, State Comments and Testimony, Issue Advocacy, SCCFL, SCFRG, South Carolina Citizens for Life v. Krawcheck, South Carolinians for Responsible Government v. Krawcheck, South Carolina

Comments to FEC Regarding Notice 2016-11: Rulemaking Petition: Political Party Rules

VIA ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION SYSTEM Federal Election Commission Attn.: Mr. Neven F. Stipanovic Acting Assistant General Counsel Federal Election Commission 999 E Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20463 RE: Notice 2016-11: Rulemaking Petition: Political Party Rules Dear Mr. Stipanovic: The Center for Competitive Politics (the “Center” or “CCP”),[1] respectfully submits these comments in response to Notice 2016-11.[2] […]

Filed Under: Blog, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits Comments, Contribution Limits Federal, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Federal, Federal Comments and Testimony, coordination, FEC, federal election commission, Owen Yeates, State Political Parties

Comments to FEC Regarding Notice 2016-10: Rulemaking Petition: Implementing the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015

VIA ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION SYSTEM Federal Election Commission Attn.: Mr. Neven F. Stipanovic Acting Assistant General Counsel Federal Election Commission 999 E Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20463 RE: Notice 2016-10: Rulemaking Petition: Implementing the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 Dear Mr. Stipanovic: The Center for Competitive Politics (“the Center”)[1] respectfully submits these comments in […]

Filed Under: Blog, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits Comments, Contribution Limits Federal, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Federal, Federal Comments and Testimony, FEC, federal election commission, Owen Yeates, Political Parties

Comments to FEC regarding Revising Rules on Online Disclaimers to Adapt to New or Emerging Technologies

Via Electronic Filing Attn: Neven F. Stipanovic Acting Assistant General Counsel Federal Election Commission 999 E Street N.W. Washington, D.C. 20463 On October 18, the Commission announced its intention to make “revisions to [its] rules” regarding online disclaimers “in order to adapt to new or emerging technologies.”[1] In response to that Notice, the Center for […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Federal, Federal Comments and Testimony, Issues, disclaimers, FEC, Federal Election Commision, technology

Comments and Suggested Language to California Fair Political Practices Commission on Proposed Revisions to Political Reform Act of 1974

PDF of analysis and recommended language available here Ms. Jodi Remke Chairwoman Fair Political Practices Commission 428 J Street, Suite 620 Sacramento, CA 95814 Dear Ms. Remke: As you know, California’s Fair Political Practices Commission (“FPPC”), the body charged with the administration and enforcement of California’s Political Reform Act (“Act”), has partnered with the University […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State, State Comments and Testimony, California Fair Political Practices Commission, FPPC, Political Reform Act of 1974, California

Analysis of Multnomah Co. Measure Number 26-184 (“Fair Elections and Clean Governance Charter Amendment”)

PDF of analysis available here This November, the citizens of Multnomah County, Oregon – the county where the City of Portland is located – will be asked to approve “A Fair Elections and Clean Governance Charter Amendment” (“Amendment”). The Amendment may impact the First Amendment rights of all citizens of Multnomah County and nonprofit organizations […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Comments, Disclosure State, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State, State Comments and Testimony, Civil Cause of Action, Enforcement, Oregon

Analysis of Washington State Initiative 1464

PDF of analysis available here By Eric Wang, Senior Fellow[1] Initiative 1464, which is on the Washington statewide ballot for the upcoming general election, would amend the state’s campaign finance and lobbying laws in various respects. In this analysis, the Center for Competitive Politics (“CCP”)[2] focuses on two enforcement-related mechanisms in the Initiative because similar […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State, State Comments and Testimony, Enforcement, Private Right of Action, Public Disclosure Commission, Washington Government Accountability Act, Colorado, Washington

Comments to FEC Commissioner Ravel on Proposal to Rescind AO 2006-15 (TransCanada) (FEC Agenda Document No. 16-32-A)

VIA ELECTRONIC MAIL Federal Election Commission 999 E Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20463 RE: Commissioner Ravel’s Proposal to Rescind AO 2006-15 (TransCanada) (FEC Agenda Document No. 16-32-A) Dear Chairman, Vice Chairman, and Commissioners: The Center for Competitive Politics (“the Center”),[1] respectfully submits comments in response to Commissioner Ravel’s Proposal to Rescind Advisory Opinion (“AO”) 2006-15 […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Federal, Federal Comments and Testimony, Issues, Advisory Opinion 2016-15, Ann Ravel, Federal Election Commision, TransCanada

Letter to California Governor Jerry Brown on Constitutional Issues with S.B. 1107

PDF of letter available here Via fax and mail The Honorable Governor Jerry Brown c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173 Sacramento, CA 95814 Dear Governor Brown: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics,[1] I urge you to veto Senate Bill 1107, which amends the Political Reform Act of 1974 to permit the State of California […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State, State Comments and Testimony, Tax Financed Campaigns Comments, Tax Financed Campaigns State, Tax-Financing, Governor Jerry Brown, Political Reform Act of 1974, S.B. 1107, California

Analysis of the “South Dakota Government Accountability and Anti-Corruption Act” (2016 Initiated Measure 22)

PDF of analysis available here By Eric Wang, Senior Fellow[1] This November, South Dakotans will be asked to approve or reject ten statewide ballot questions. Among these is Initiated Measure 22, which would make approximately 70 changes to the state’s campaign finance and lobbying laws. While some of these provisions are minor, others set forth […]

Filed Under: Blog, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits Comments, Contribution Limits State, Disclosure, Disclosure Comments, Disclosure State, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State Comments and Testimony, Tax Financed Campaigns Comments, Tax Financed Campaigns State, Tax-Financing, 2016 Initiated Measure 22, South Dakota Democracy Credit Program, South Dakota

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