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Colorado closes free speech case, changes law, pays $220K in attorney’s fees

Alexandria, VA – Attorneys for Colorado and the Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) filed a notice in federal court today ending a free speech case that began more than four years ago. It’s the final chapter in a federal lawsuit that saw Colorado’s ballot issue disclosure law partially invalidated under the First Amendment, and forced […]

Filed Under: Blog, Coalition for Secular Government v. Gessler Other Links, CSG v. Gessler, Featured Content, In the News Our Cases, Newsroom, Press Releases, CSG v. Williams, Current Cases (Litigation), Colorado

Supreme Court Upholds Campaign Finance Disclosure Law

Alexandria, VA – The Supreme Court today affirmed without comment a ruling in the case Independence Institute v. Federal Election Commission, upholding the constitutionality of a campaign finance disclosure law. The Court’s order reflects agreement with the lower court’s result, but not necessarily its reasoning. Under the law challenged in the case, government reporting obligations are […]

Filed Under: Blog, Independence Institute v. FEC, Legal, Press Releases, U.S. Supreme Court, Independence Institute v. FEC, Completed Cases (Litigation)

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

Comments and Testimony

Oregon H.B. 2578; Taxpayer-Financed Campaigns – A Failed and Costly Policy

The Honorable Jennifer Williamson The Honorable Mike McLane The Honorable Dan Rayfield Re:  H.B. 2578; Taxpayer-Financed Campaigns – A Failed and Costly Policy Dear Chair Williamson, Vice-Chair McLane, Vice-Chair Rayfield, and Members of the House Rules Committee: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics (the “Center”),[1] I respectfully submit the following comments concerning myriad […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State, State Comments and Testimony, Tax Financed Campaigns Comments, Tax Financed Campaigns State, Tax-Financing, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Maine, New Jersey, New York, Oregon

Significant Constitutional and Practical Issues with Oklahoma Senate Bill 579

The Honorable Tom Gann 2300 N. Lincoln Boulevard Room 500 Oklahoma City, OK 73105 Re: Significant Constitutional and Practical Issues with Senate Bill 579 Dear Vice Chair Gann: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics (the “Center”),[1] I respectfully submit the following comments concerning constitutional and practical issues with portions of Senate Bill 579, […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Comments, Disclosure State, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State, State Comments and Testimony, Oklahoma

Constitutional and Practical Issues with California Assembly Bill 1104

The Honorable Ed Chau The Honorable Kevin Kiley RE: Constitutional and Practical Issues with Assembly Bill 1104 Dear Chair Chau, Vice Chair Kiley, and Members of the Assembly Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics (“the Center”),[1] I respectfully submit the following comments on constitutional and practical issues with […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State, State Comments and Testimony, False Statement Laws, sba list v. driehaus, United States v. Alvarez, California

Constitutional and Practical Issues with New Mexico Senate Bill 96

VIA ELECTRONIC MAIL Hon. Susana Martinez Governor, State of New Mexico 490 Old Santa Fe Trail Room 400 Santa Fe, NM 87501 RE: Constitutional and Practical Issues with Senate Bill 96 Dear Governor Martinez: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics (“the Center”),[1] we respectfully submit the following comments on constitutional issues with portions […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Comments, Disclosure State, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State, State Comments and Testimony

House Floor Amendment 1 to Kentucky Senate Bill 75: A Threat to Nonprofit Groups’ Speech and Kentuckians’ Privacy

PDF available here On March 6, 2017, Rep. James Kay filed House Floor Amendment 1 (“H.F.A. 1”) to Senate Bill 75. While S.B. 75 on its own represents a common sense increase to Kentucky’s severely outdated campaign contribution limit laws, H.F.A. 1 would attack the speech rights of groups and the privacy of citizens who […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Comments, Disclosure State, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State, State Comments and Testimony, Kentucky

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

Analysis of New Jersey Campaign Finance Legislation A. 3639 and A. 3902

PDF of analysis available here By Eric Wang, Senior Fellow[1] The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP)[2] provides the following analysis of A. 3639 and A. 3902.[3] Upon information and belief, these campaign finance bills, which were introduced earlier this year, may be considered during the remainder of New Jersey’s 217th Legislature.[4] A. 3639 and A. […]

Filed Under: Blog, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits Comments, Contribution Limits State, Disclosure, Disclosure Comments, Disclosure State, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State, State Comments and Testimony, Issue Advocacy, New Jersey

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