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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

Illinois S.B. 1424; Taxpayer-Financed Campaigns – A Failed and Costly Policy

The Honorable Daniel J. Burke The Honorable Robert Rita The Honorable Joe Sosnowski Re:  S.B. 1424; Taxpayer-Financed Campaigns – A Failed and Costly Policy Dear Chairperson Burke, Vice-Chairperson Rita, Republican Spokesperson Sosnowski, and Members of the House Executive Committee: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics (the “Center”),[1] I respectfully submit the following comments […]

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

Constitutional and Practical Issues with Colorado House Bills 17-1261 and 17-1262

VIA ELECTRONIC MAIL The Honorable Vicki Marble The Honorable Jerry Sonnenberg RE: Constitutional and Practical Issues with House Bills 17-1261 and 17-1262 Dear Chair Marble, Vice-Chair Sonnenberg, and Members of the Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics (“the Center”),[1] we respectfully submit the following comments on […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure Comments, Disclosure State, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State Comments and Testimony, disclaimers, Electioneering Communications, Colorado

Constitutional and Practical Issues with Maryland House Bill 1498

VIA U.S. MAIL AND ELECTRONIC MAIL The Honorable Larry Hogan 100 State Circle Annapolis, MD 21401-1925 RE:  Constitutional and Practical Issues with House Bill 1498 Dear Governor Hogan: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics (“the Center”),[1] we respectfully submit the following comments addressing constitutional and practical issues with portions of House Bill 1498, […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Comments, Disclosure State, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State, State Comments and Testimony, Joint-and-Several Liability, Maryland

Constitutional and Practical Issues with Maryland House Bill 898

VIA U.S. MAIL AND ELECTRONIC MAIL The Honorable Larry Hogan 100 State Circle Annapolis, MD 21401-1925 RE:  Constitutional and Practical Issues with House Bill 898 Dear Governor Hogan: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics (“the Center”),[1] we respectfully submit the following comments addressing constitutional and practical issues with portions of House Bill 898, […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State, State Comments and Testimony, coordination, Maryland State Board of Elections, Maryland

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, Los Angeles, 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

Still Overbroad and Still Dangerous: Arkansas H.B. 1005 Threatens Nonprofit Groups’ Speech

PDF available here As amended by the sponsor on March 14, 2017, House Bill 1005 now contains only two major provisions. The first regulates “coordinated communications,” and the second creates a novel and excessively broad form of regulable speech: “political advertisements.” In both cases, the bill grants the five-member Arkansas Ethics Commission (“AEC”) unbridled discretion […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State, State Comments and Testimony, Arkansas Ethics Commission, coordination, Electioneering Communications, Arkansas

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

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