Washington

Fraud or No Fraud, Tax-Financing is Harmful to the Campaign Process

Investigations into candidates allegedly defrauding taxpayers by gaming taxpayer-funded campaign programs are currently underway in both Seattle and Albuquerque. In both investigations, the accused candidates insist that they have done nothing wrong and that the allegations are nothing more than attacks motivated by political retribution. Most obviously, these dual investigations expose the potential for corruption […]

Filed Under: Blog, Tax Financed Campaigns Press Release/In the News/Blog, Tax Financed Campaigns State, Tax-Financing, Albuquerque, Democracy Vouchers, Seattle, New Mexico, Washington

Giving Taxpayer Dollars to Local D.C. Politicians is a Bad Idea

Last week, D.C. Councilmember and Chair Pro Tempore Kenyan McDuffie took to the pages of The Washington Post to advocate for taxpayer funding for local political campaigns. Under this system, candidates for Council (and a handful of additional races) who agree to only accept small-dollar contributions and completely forgo donations from PACs would receive $5 […]

Filed Under: Blog, Tax Financed Campaigns Press Release/In the News/Blog, Tax Financed Campaigns State, Tax-Financing, corruption, Kenyan McDuffie, Los Angeles, New York City, Seattle, Washington DC, Arizona, California, Maine, New York, Washington

Surprise, Surprise: Politicians Are Happy to Benefit from Taxpayer Money

Seattle’s new “democracy vouchers” program is the latest effort by supporters of greater campaign finance regulation to give government a bigger role in political campaigns. The system funnels taxpayer money to politicians via four $25 vouchers for each registered voter, and is intended to reduce candidates’ need to fundraise via voluntary contributions. Some Seattle property […]

Filed Under: Blog, Money in Politics, Tax Financed Campaigns Press Release/In the News/Blog, Tax Financed Campaigns State, Tax-Financing, Democracy Vouchers, Jon Grant, Pacific Legal Foundation, Seattle, Washington

CCP Brief: $18 Million Campaign Finance Fine is Unconstitutional

Excessive fine would harm First Amendment rights. Alexandria, VA – Can a group be fined $18 million for not properly filing campaign finance reports? An amicus brief filed today by the Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) says no. Such a massive penalty is unconstitutional under the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution that bars “excessive fines.” […]

Filed Under: Blog, Newsroom, Press Releases, Eighth Amendment, State of Washington v. Grocery Manufacturers Association, Washington

The Tone-Deaf Response to the “Democracy Vouchers” Lawsuit

This week, the Pacific Legal Foundation filed a lawsuit against the city of Seattle over its new “Democracy Vouchers” program. The system is a form of taxpayer financing for political campaigns that imposes $3 million a year in new property taxes in order to give each voter four $25 “vouchers” that they can then donate […]

Filed Under: Blog, Tax Financed Campaigns Press Release/In the News/Blog, Tax Financed Campaigns State, Tax-Financing, Campaign Legal Center, Democracy Vouchers, Every Voice, Pacific Legal Foundation, Seattle, Washington

Significant Constitutional and Practical Issues with Washington House Bill 1807

The Honorable Mark Miloscia The Honorable Hans Zeiger The Honorable Sam Hunt Re:  Significant Constitutional and Practical Issues with House Bill 1807 Dear Chair Miloscia, Vice Chair Zeiger, Ranking Minority Member Hunt, and Members of the Senate State Government Committee: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics, I am writing you today to respectfully […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Disclosure, Disclosure Comments, Disclosure State, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State, State Comments and Testimony, Buckley v. Valeo, Harassment, Human Life of Washington v. Brumsickle, Junk Disclosure, Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life v. Swanson, NAACP v. Alabama, New Mexico Youth Organized v. Herrera, Washington

Significant Constitutional and Practical Issues with Washington Senate Bill 5219

The Honorable Mark Miloscia The Honorable Hans Zeiger The Honorable Sam Hunt Re:  Significant Constitutional and Practical Issues with Senate Bill 5219 Dear Chair Miloscia, Vice Chair Zeiger, Ranking Minority Member Hunt, and members of the Senate State Government Committee: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics, I am writing you today to respectfully […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Disclosure, Disclosure Comments, Disclosure State, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State, State Comments and Testimony, Buckley v. Valeo, Harassment, Human Life of Washington v. Brumsickle, Junk Disclosure, Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life v. Swanson, NAACP v. Alabama, New Mexico Youth Organized v. Herrera, Washington

What would happen if the media talked about itself the way it talks about “dark money” groups?

A shadowy organization based in Washington, D.C., recently spent an undisclosed sum attempting to swing elections in far-off places such as South Dakota and California. Due to a loophole in campaign finance law, this spending does not have to be reported to the Federal Election Commission. That means the public will never know who is […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Dark Money, federal election commission, The Washington Post, California, Maryland, Missouri, South Dakota, Washington

Analysis of Washington State Initiative 1464

PDF of analysis available here By Eric Wang, Senior Fellow[1] Initiative 1464, which is on the Washington statewide ballot for the upcoming general election, would amend the state’s campaign finance and lobbying laws in various respects. In this analysis, the Center for Competitive Politics (“CCP”)[2] focuses on two enforcement-related mechanisms in the Initiative because similar […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State, State Comments and Testimony, Enforcement, Private Right of Action, Public Disclosure Commission, Washington Government Accountability Act, Colorado, Washington

Significant Constitutional and Practical Issues with Washington Senate Bill 5153

The Honorable Pam Roach The Honorable Sharon Nelson The Honorable Andy Billig Re: Significant Constitutional and Practical Issues with Senate Bill 5153 Dear President Pro Tempore Roach, Democratic Leader Nelson, Democratic Deputy Leader Billig, and members of the Senate: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics, I am writing you today to respectfully submit […]

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