Texas

Ravel’s Support for Ending PACs Exposes Her Long-Term Policy Goals

When Ann Ravel resigned from her post at the Federal Election Commission earlier this year, she made it clear that her activism would continue from outside the agency. To that end, she wrote an op-ed last week in the San Francisco Chronicle advocating for a bill in Congress entitled the “No PAC Act” (H.R. 1743). […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits Federal, Contribution Limits Press Release/In the News/Blog, Issues, Money in Politics, Ann Ravel, corruption, Fundraising, No PAC Act, PACs, Political Committees, Alabama, Indiana, Iowa, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia

Warren and Whitehouse Deceive on Oil Industry Contributions

In their recent Washington Post op-ed, Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) shower praise on the continuing efforts by Democratic attorneys general to criminalize speech they disagree with by investigating Exxon’s alleged climate change skepticism. But the main subject of the Senators’ ire was Congressional Republicans’ attempt to fight back against this egregious […]

Filed Under: Blog, Contribution Limits Press Release/In the News/Blog, climate change, Elizabeth Warren, ExxonMobil, James Inhofe, Lamar Smith, sheldon whitehouse, Oklahoma, Texas

Comments to Texas Ethics Commission Regarding August 7, 2015 Revisions to Proposed Tex. Admin. Code § 20.1(20)

BY EMAIL ([email protected]) Texas Ethics Commission Attn.: Ms. Natalia Luna Ashley P.O. Box 12070 Austin, TX 78711-2070 Re: August 7, 2015 Revisions to Proposed Tex. Admin. Code § 20.1(20) (“Principal Purpose”) Dear Commissioners: The Center for Competitive Politics (“CCP”)[1] submits these comments in response to the revisions the Texas Ethics Commission (the “Commission”) made at […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State Comments and Testimony, Texas Ethics Commission, Texas

Comments to Texas Ethics Commission Regarding June 11, 2015 Revisions to Proposed Tex. Admin. Code § 20.1(21) (“In connection with a campaign”)

BY EMAIL ([email protected]) Texas Ethics Commission Attn.: Ms. Natalia Luna Ashley P.O. Box 12070 Austin, TX 78711-2070 Re:       June 11, 2015 revisions to proposed Tex. Admin. Code § 20.1(21) (“In connection with a campaign”) Dear Commissioners: The Center for Competitive Politics (“CCP”)[1] submits these comments in response to the revisions the Texas Ethics Commission (the […]

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

Three Primary Threats to 501(c)(3) Donor Privacy

Across the country, those who wish to silence dissent are seeking to force nonprofit groups to reveal the private information – names, home addresses, occupations, and employers – of their supporters to the government. This strategy, which is being employed in states across the ideological spectrum, and by officials of both parties, is intended to […]

Filed Under: Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure Handouts, Disclosure State, Research, "Incidental Committees", 501(c)(3)s, Electioneering Communications, Disclosure, Disclosure, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, New York, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington

Comments to Texas Ethics Commission regarding proposed revisions to Tex. Admin. Code § 20.1(21) (“In connection with a campaign”)

BY EMAIL ([email protected]) Texas Ethics Commission Attn.: Ms. Natalia Luna Ashley P.O. Box 12070 Austin, TX 78711-2070 Re:      Comments regarding proposed revisions to Tex. Admin. Code § 20.1(21) (“In connection with a campaign”) Dear Commissioners: The Center for Competitive Politics (“CCP”)[1] submits these comments in response to the Texas Ethics Commission’s (the “Commission”) April 16, […]

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

Constitutional and Practical Issues with Texas House Bill 37

The Honorable Joe Straus The Honorable Byron Cook Re:  Constitutional and Practical Issues with House Bill 37 Dear Speaker Straus, Representative Cook, and members of the House of Representatives: The Center for Competitive Politics respectfully submits the following comments on House Bill 37, as substituted by the House State Affairs Committee. This draconian measure would […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure Comments, Disclosure State, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Money in Politics, State Comments and Testimony, Texas

Aggregate Effects of Large-Scale Campaigns on Voter Turnout

In this study, authors Ryan D. Enos, Assistant Professor in the Department of Government at Harvard University, and Anthony Fowler, Assistant Professor in the Harris School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago, assess to what extent political campaigns mobilize voters. Despite the central role of campaigns in American politics and despite many […]

Filed Under: Contributions & Limits, Expenditure, Research, GOTV, Contribution Limits, Expenditure, Contributions & Limits, Expenditure, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin

Citizens United, States Divided: An Empirical Analysis of Independent Political Spending

This study examines the effect the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United v. FEC has on independent spending in American politics. Previous attempts to answer this question have focused solely on federal elections where there is no baseline for comparing changes in spending behavior. The authors, Douglas M. Spencer and Abby K. Wood, overcome […]

Filed Under: Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Independent Speech, Issues, Jurisprudence & Litigation, Research, Super PACs, 50 States, Abby K. Wood, Center for Competitive Politics, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Corporate spending, Douglas M. Spencer, Independent Expenditures, Indepent Spending, Indiana Law Journal, money in politics, Supreme Court, Union spending, Independent Speech, Jurisprudence & Litigation, Independent Speech, Jurisprudence & Litigation, Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Policy Primer: The National Popular Vote Proposal – A Step Away from Federalism and a Step Towards Chaos

This Policy Primer briefly reviews and summarizes five key shortcomings of the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPV) and debunks the four most common myths associated with this plan for electing the President, which is quietly being signed onto in state legislatures across the country. The NPV proposal is an attempt to get states to agree […]

Filed Under: Electoral College, Research, Center for Competitive Politics, Checks and Balances, Electoral College, Founding Fathers, National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, npv, Policy Primer, Tara Ross, Electoral College, Electoral College, Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District Of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming