Is Uber “Disrupting Democracy”?

Public Citizen has published a new report detailing how Uber Technologies, the company behind the popular ride-sharing app Uber, advocates for regulatory policies that allow it to operate in cities alongside traditional taxi companies. When faced with regulations that threaten Uber, the company organizes petition drives, pays for television advertising, and employs lobbyists to make […]

Filed Under: Blog, lobbying, public citizen, Uber

Super PACs Without Candidates

It’s something of a slow news day for the pro-speech side of campaign finance issues so here’s a piece from a young student writing for Policy Mic on how super PACs are shifting focus and moving a little more solidly into the realm of lobbying for political issues instead of political candidates. Without taking a […]

Filed Under: Blog, Featured Content, Super PACs, Immigration reform, lobbying, Policy Mic, super PACs

Media Watch: A Long Way to Go

Organizing for America’s creation reinforces two important lessons about politics.  First, politicians tend to do what is in their best interest at the moment, be it railing against money in politics for cheap political points or helping campaigns transition into advocacy non-profits.  Second, our system of government thrives because of our rights regarding political speech, […]

Filed Under: Blog, Media Watch, Money in Politics, First Amendment, lobbying, money in politics

Daily Media Links 11/16: Campaign Finance Events Friday 11/16, Targeting the ‘Lobbyist’ Next Door, and more…

CCP Campaign Finance Events Friday 11/16  By Joe Trotter There are two events tomorrow in the DC area on campaign finance.  The first event is the GW law review symposium, titled: “Law and Democracy: A Symposium on the Law of Governing Our Democratic Process” (link here), features  CCP founder and Chairman Brad Smith at the […]

Filed Under: Daily Media Links, Brad Smith, campaign finance, ethics, lobbying, lobbyist

Super PACs Have Options

Now that everyone’s favorite “Americeptional” individual has shut down his super PAC (not, obviously, because super PACs failed to morph transformer-style into the behemoths of corruption campaign finance reformers were simply CERTAIN they would become), people are beginning to wonder: what’s next for super PACs? Seems like one of the more popular ideas is the […]

Filed Under: Blog, Money in Politics, Super PACs, Karl Rove, lobbying, super PACs, District Of Columbia

Brad Smith and CCP Experts in the News this Week

It has been a busy week in the world of campaign finance. Yesterday’s NY Times Room for Debate forum featured the question, “Can a politician win without Wall Street?”  CCP Chairman Brad Smith commented on misconceptions surrounding corruption’s relation to contributions: Historically, elections have always been funded by the “1 percent.” Even in the earliest days […]

Filed Under: Blog, In the News, Quotes CCP, Allison Hayward, Brad Smith, CCP, David keating, LA Times, lobbying, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, California, District Of Columbia, New York

CCP Files Amicus Brief in U.S. v. Ring

DATELINE: April 4, 2012 CONTACT: Sarah Lee, Communications Director, The Center for Competitive Politics, 770.598.7961   Alexandria, Va. – The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) has  joined with the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) in filing an amicus brief in the case of United States v. Ring, supporting the defendant and his First Amendment rights. Kevin Ring, a lobbyist, was tried […]

Filed Under: Blog, Featured Content, Litigation Blog/Press Releases, Ring v. United States Other Links, corruption, lobbying, NADCL, US v. Ring, District Of Columbia

A Longitudinal Analysis of Interest Group Influence in Retirement Policy

In this article, John C. Scott analyzes the interaction of interest groups and how they benefit each other within the retirement policy lobbying realm. Scott argues that interest groups find it mutually beneficial to belong to a network of similarly interested organizations as these networks reduce the costs for government agents when they are tasked […]

Filed Under: Issue Advocacy, Lobbying, Research, congress, interest groups, John Scott, lobbying, Issue Advocacy, Lobbying, Issue Advocacy, Lobbying

Mowing Down the Grassroots: How Grassroots Lobbying Disclosure Suppresses Political Participation

Grassroots lobbying is any effort to organize, coordinate or implore others to contact public officials in order to affect public policy. Through grassroots lobbying, like‐minded citizens can alert elected officials to constituents’ preferences, educate fellow citizens and make their voices heard, and even persuade the public to adopt new views. In short, grassroots lobbying is quintessential representative democracy in action. However, as this report documents, sweeping lobbying laws in 36 states threaten to strangle grassroots movements in red tape and bureaucratic regulation. Twenty‐two states explicitly include grassroots lobbying in the definition of lobbying, while another 14 consider any attempt to influence public policy to be lobbying, as long as a certain amount is spent. Thus, such common activities as publishing an open letter, organizing a demonstration or distributing flyers can trigger regulation and force organizers to register with the state and file detailed reports on their activities, as well as the identities of supporters. These regulations raise the costs of political activity and set legal traps for unsuspecting citizens, thus making it more difficult for ordinary citizens to participate in politics-all with little or no benefit to the public. These findings suggest elected officials should listen to constituent concerns or debate ideas in the open, rather than mowing down the grassroots with regulation.

Filed Under: Issue Advocacy, Lobbying, Research, grassroots, lobbying, lobbyist, milyo, primo, Disclosure, Lobbying, Disclosure, Lobbying, 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

Issue Analysis 1: Do ‘Clean Elections’ Reduce Lobbyist and Special Interest Influence?

This CCP report that examines the number of lobbyist registrations in Arizona and Maine, the two states with the longest running public financing programs. Advocates for taxpayer financed campaigns often argue that their programs remove the threat of special interest influence, and presumably the number of lobbyists, but this research shows no relationship between taxpayer financed campaigns and the number of registered lobbyists.

Filed Under: Research, Tax Financed Campaigns Research, Tax-Financing, Taxpayer Financed Campaigns, lobbying, lobbyist, Lobbying, Lobbying, Taxpayer Financed Campaigns, Arizona, Maine