Constitutional and Practical Issues with New Mexico Secretary of State Revised Proposed Rule 1.10.13 NMAC

VIA ELECTRONIC MAIL Hon. Maggie Toulouse Oliver, New Mexico Secretary of State Capitol Annex North 325 Don Gaspar Suite 300 Santa Fe, N.M. 87501 RE: Constitutional and Practical Issues with Revised Proposed Rule 1.10.13 NMAC Dear Secretary Toulouse Oliver: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics (“the Center”),[1] I respectfully submit these comments concerning […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Disclosure, Disclosure Comments, Disclosure State, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Issues, State, State Comments and Testimony, coordination, Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver, New Mexico

Significant Constitutional and Practical Issues with Connecticut House Bill 5589

The Honorable Joe Aresimowicz The Honorable Themis Klarides RE:  Significant Constitutional and Practical Issues with House Bill 5589 Dear Speaker Aresimowicz, Minority Leader Klarides, and Members of the Connecticut House of Representatives: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics (“Center”), we respectfully submit the following comments addressing significant constitutional and practical concerns with House […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure Comments, Disclosure State, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Issues, State, State Comments and Testimony, Super PACs, coordination, disclaimers, foreign nationals, Connecticut

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

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 […]

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Comments to FEC Regarding Notice 2016-11: Rulemaking Petition: Political Party Rules

VIA ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION SYSTEM Federal Election Commission Attn.: Mr. Neven F. Stipanovic Acting Assistant General Counsel Federal Election Commission 999 E Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20463 RE: Notice 2016-11: Rulemaking Petition: Political Party Rules Dear Mr. Stipanovic: The Center for Competitive Politics (the “Center” or “CCP”),[1] respectfully submits these comments in response to Notice 2016-11.[2] […]

Filed Under: Blog, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits Comments, Contribution Limits Federal, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Federal, Federal Comments and Testimony, coordination, FEC, federal election commission, Owen Yeates, State Political Parties

Constitutional and Practical Issues with Arkansas House Bill 1005

The Honorable Bob Ballinger The Honorable Jack Ladyman Re:  Constitutional and Practical Issues with House Bill 1005 Dear Chair Ballinger, Vice-Chair Ladyman, and members of the House State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics, we are writing you today to respectfully submit the following comments regarding the constitutional […]

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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 […]

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An Embarrassment at the FEC

If you want to know why things seem so contentious at the Federal Election Commission, we would call your attention to a recent Statement of Reasons by Commissioners Ann Ravel and Ellen Weintraub. Last month, in MUR 6535, the Commission reached a conciliation agreement with Restore Our Future, a Super PAC that advocated the election of […]

Filed Under: Blog, Brad Smith, Ann Ravel, Charlie Spies, coordination, ellen weintraub, FEC, federal election commission, Restore Our Future

Comments to California Fair Political Practices Commission on Proposed Changes to 2 Cal. Code Regs. § 18225.7 (“Made at the Behest; Independent Versus Coordinated Expenditures”)

BY E-MAIL (jwoodside@fppc.ca.gov) AND FACSIMILE (916- 322-6440) California Fair Political Practices Commission c/o: Jack Woodside, Senior Commission Counsel 428 J Street, Suite 620 Sacramento, CA 95814 Re:      October 15, 2015 Meeting Agenda General Item #64; Comments on Proposed Changes to 2 Cal. Code Regs. § 18225.7 (“Made at the Behest; Independent Versus Coordinated Expenditures”) […]

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Significant Constitutional and Practical Issues with Connecticut Senate Bill 1126 (as Substituted)

The Honorable Martin M. Looney The Honorable Len Fasano Re:  Significant Constitutional and Practical Issues with Senate Bill 1126 (as Substituted) Dear President Pro Tempore Looney, Senate Minority Leader Fasano, and members of the Senate: On behalf of The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP),[1] Senior Fellow Eric Wang[2] has analyzed S.B. 1126, as substituted favorably […]

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