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Lawsuit challenges McCain-Feingold disclosure law

The Center for Competitive Politics today filed two lawsuits on behalf of a Colorado think tank saying that similar state and federal campaign finance disclosure laws are unconstitutional under the First Amendment. The Independence Institute wishes to run two ads: one asking Colorado Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennett to support a federal sentencing reform [...]

Filed Under: Blog, Press Releases

Daily Media Links 8/27: George Will on IRS: “It Is Off The Rails And It Is Now Thoroughly Corrupted,” It Turns Out, Lois Lerner’s Emails Are (Probably) Backed Up After All, and more…

IRS Fox: George Will on IRS: “It Is Off The Rails And It Is Now Thoroughly Corrupted” GEORGE WILL: I can just hardly wait until the IRS lawyers go into that courtroom and tell the judge that it would be too onerous to stop obstructing justice in this case. That’s a really interesting defense. You know, [...]

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Fox: New regs by NY election board on political committees raises free speech concerns (In the News)

“Democrats only care about money in politics when that money is being spent against Democrats,” said David Laska, communications director for the New York Republican Party. “We don’t see any reason why hardworking taxpayers can’t take part in the political process at a grassroots level. Basic fairness demands it, and the First Amendment commands it.” Scott Blackburn, a [...]

Filed Under: In the News, Money in Politics, Quotes CCP, State, State In the News

Daily Media Links 8/26: 15 Things Vox Forgot to Mention about “Money in Politics” (Part I), It’s ‘safe money’ in modern political campaigning, and more…

CCP 15 Things Vox Forgot to Mention about “Money in Politics” (Part I) By Scott Blackburn That contributors donate their money to only one party should be unsurprising. You similarly don’t find many individuals who are fans of both the Yankees and the Red Sox. And, for those who are worried about the undue influence [...]

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Daily Media Links 8/25: Fox: New regs by NY election board on political committees raises free speech concerns, Calling Campaign Legal Center: Incorruptible Oregon refuses to get with the program, and more…

In the News Fox: New regs by NY election board on political committees raises free speech concerns “Democrats only care about money in politics when that money is being spent against Democrats,” said David Laska, communications director for the New York Republican Party. “We don’t see any reason why hardworking taxpayers can’t take part in the political process [...]

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The Hill: The Virginia bait and switch (In the News)

By Brad Smith …But McDonnell’s foibles are not about campaign contributions or campaign finance laws. Rather, they involve personal gifts given not for campaigning, but to pocket in exchange for official action. If the McDonnell scandal represents a failure of the law (it’s not clear that it does – McDonnell is being prosecuted), it is those “ethics laws” that are [...]

Filed Under: Brad Smith, In the News, Money in Politics, Published Articles

Daily Media Links 8/22: The Virginia bait and switch, Ad Barrage in Alaska Senate Race Set to Escalate, and more…

In the News The Hill: The Virginia bait and switch By Brad Smith But McDonnell’s foibles are not about campaign contributions or campaign finance laws. Rather, they involve personal gifts given not for campaigning, but to pocket in exchange for official action. If the McDonnell scandal represents a failure of the law (it’s not clear that it does – McDonnell [...]

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Acton Institute: The Holy War on Corporate Politicking (In the News)

By Rev. Robert A. Sirico Another report, this one from the Center for Competitive Politics, a Virginia-based First Amendment advocacy group, deftly reveals the activists’ questionable strategies, funding and end game. The Center notes that many of these social justice activists couch their resolutions in language advocating the best interests of the company’s shareholders. Not surprisingly, CCP concludes, these arguments [...]

Filed Under: Corporate Governance Press Release/In the News/Blog, Quotes CCP

Watchdog.org: Disclosure regs a Trojan horse to kill political speech, expert says (In the News)

By M.D. Kittle “CCP’s most significant concern with the Regulations stems from their tendency to increase, rather than limit, vagueness regarding what speech qualifies as an independent expenditure,” the nonprofit wrote. “… the Regulations make it significantly more difficult for speakers to determine, in advance, whether their desired speech will be an independent expenditure.” Instead, the new regs muddy the [...]

Filed Under: Contribution Limits Press Release/In the News/Blog, In the News, Quotes CCP

Daily Media Links 8/21: The Holy War on Corporate Politicking, WaPo Turning a New Leaf on Disclosure?, and more…

In the News Acton Institute: The Holy War on Corporate Politicking By Rev. Robert A. Sirico Another report, this one from the Center for Competitive Politics, a Virginia-based First Amendment advocacy group, deftly reveals the activists’ questionable strategies, funding and end game. The Center notes that many of these social justice activists couch their resolutions in language advocating the best [...]

Filed Under: Daily Media Links