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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

“Clean Elections” May Provide Taxpayer Funding for Anti-Semitism

Does using taxpayers’ hard-earned money to fund speech they fundamentally disagree with reduce corruption in government? This may seem like a preposterous question, but according to supporters of tax-financed campaigns, the answer is yes. Presently, one candidate in New York City is providing a clear example of what exactly can go wrong when you start […]

Filed Under: Blog, Tax Financed Campaigns Press Release/In the News/Blog, Tax Financed Campaigns State, Tax-Financing, New York City, Thomas Lopez-Pierre, New York

Steyer’s Plan to Challenge Trump is Healthy for Free Speech Environment

In response to Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton on Election Day, environmental activist and Democratic donor Tom Steyer has promised to continue to spend his vast wealth to combat the President-elect’s energy agenda, which he predicts will threaten his own environmental protection agenda. According to an interview with Reuters, Steyer is willing to spend […]

Filed Under: Blog, AGs United for Clean Power, climate change, Donald Trump, Eric Schneiderman, ExxonMobil, Tom Steyer, U.S. Virgin Islands, Massachusetts, New York

Should Candidates Have Control Over Who Can Speak About Elections?

Unsuccessful candidates often blame their loss on an opponent’s spending. Sometimes those complaints are lodged at better-funded candidates, sometimes at the media, and other times at independent groups. So it is with Zephyr Teachout, whose main takeaway from the 2016 election, apparently, is that people talked about it too much. After losing to Republican John […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Issues, Money in Politics, Super PACs, John Faso, Zephyr Teachout, New York

Maine Activists Embrace Taxpayer Subsidies for Politicians in Ignorance of Systemic Flaws

In Maine, some speech regulatory activists are already celebrating the 2016 election cycle as an important milestone. Not because they are expecting higher voter turnout, more competitive races, or more women or minority candidates running for office. Rather, these activists are giddy that more politicians are taking the hard-earned dollars of Maine taxpayers to run […]

Filed Under: Blog, Tax Financed Campaigns Press Release/In the News/Blog, Tax-Financing, corruption, Maine Citizens for Clean Elections, Maine Clean Election Act, Arizona, Connecticut, Maine, New York

Democratic AGs Double Down on Criminalizing Opposing Views

Last week, Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) penned an op-ed in The Washington Post about the investigations of ExxonMobil by several state attorneys general. The Senators lauded efforts to accuse the oil company of fraud for allegedly advancing skepticism about the impacts of its products on climate change. Despite downplaying these moves […]

Filed Under: Blog, American Legislative Exchange Council, climate change, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Elizabeth Warren, Eric Schneiderman, ExxonMobil, sheldon whitehouse, U.S. Virgin Islands, Massachusetts, New York

Cuomo hit on anti-speech “BDS” policy

Alexandria, VA – This morning, Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) Chairman Bradley A. Smith and President David Keating sent a letter to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo urging him to modify or rescind his Executive Order opposing the “BDS” campaign against Israel. The Order infringes on First Amendment speech rights. Here are excerpts from the letter: […]

Filed Under: Blog, Press Releases, Anti-"BDS" Policy, Bradley A. Smith, David keating, Executive Order No. 157, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, New York

Letter to New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on Constitutional Issues with Executive Order No. 157

PDF of the letter available here Via fax and mail The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo Governor of New York State NYS State Capitol Building Albany, NY 12224 Dear Governor Cuomo: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics,[1] we write in regards to Executive Order No. 157, which you issued on June 5, and which […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State Comments and Testimony, BDS, Executive Order No. 157, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, New York

Cuomo’s Campaign “Coordination” Plan Attacks First Amendment Rights

Alexandria, VA – The Center for Competitive Politics, America’s largest nonprofit defending First Amendment political speech, issued the following statement today from its president David Keating: “Governor Cuomo’s definition of what qualifies as coordination is as preposterous as it is dangerous to free speech. Cuomo wants to throw you in jail if you simply donate to […]

Filed Under: Blog, Press Releases, coordination, Governor Cuomo, New York

Who’s in on the Dirty Secret behind Tax-Financed Campaigns?

A little-noticed, but interesting op-ed from Public Citizen lobbyist Craig Holman appeared in The Washington Post recently advocating for tax-financed campaigns in Washington D.C. city elections. In his op-ed, Holman appears to take the unusual position that these programs are beneficial because they do not affect the outcome of races: For incumbent elected officials, the […]

Filed Under: Blog, Tax Financed Campaigns Press Release/In the News/Blog, Tax Financed Campaigns State, Tax-Financing, Craig Holman, D.C. City Council, public citizen, Arizona, Maine, New York