In the News: Washington Post: The next Citizens United could affect campaign spending in the states

By Niraj Chokschi “If the federal limit falls, I think the states are likely to fall, too,” says Lawrence Norton, co-chairman of the political law practice at Venable and a former general counsel of the FEC. If the Supreme Court rules against the limits, it will likely do so in a way that affects those […]

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Daily Media Links 9/24: Free speech can be so annoying, Lois Lerner still Hill’s favorite piñata, and more…

In the News Richmond Times-Dispatch: Free speech can be so annoying Long story short: Because Corsi spent money, no matter how little (his website cost all of $40), the Ohio Election Commission said Corsi should have incorporated his group and registered with the state as a political action committee  — hiring a lawyer to help with […]

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In the News: More Soft Money Hard Law: The Opacity of “Transparency”

By Bob Bauer Arguments about transparency have become hard to follow. Government can demand an accounting of money spent to influence politics or public policy; it can certainly compel disclosure of the paid, direct lobbying of legislators. But this is among the easier cases, after which there is disagreement—and confusion—about what the government has the power […]

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In the News: Richmond Times-Dispatch: Free speech can be so annoying

Long story short: Because Corsi spent money, no matter how little (his website cost all of $40), the Ohio Election Commission said Corsi should have incorporated his group and registered with the state as a political action committee — hiring a lawyer to help with the “very complicated” process. As far as Ohio is concerned […]

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Daily Media Links 9/23: The Truth About Tax-Funded Campaigns, The Press and the IRS: Journalistic partisanship fed the scandal, and more…

CCP The Truth About Tax-Funded Campaigns By Luke Wachob It may be the case that offering grants of tax dollars to candidates induces more people to run for office, but it shouldn’t be surprising or noteworthy that offering free money for something gets more people to do it. The true test of whether tax-funded campaigns […]

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The Truth About Tax-Funded Campaigns

There are a number of reasons that arguments for tax financing of political campaigns tend to fail. Sometimes they’re based on demonstrably false claims about the ability of these programs to increase competitiveness and diversity in politics. Sometimes they ignore the high potential for abuse and corruption that these programs create. Sometimes they’re purely self-serving […]

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Daily Media Links 9/20: Supreme Court Must Step in to Protect Americans’ Freedom of Speech, Disclosure’s unintended consequences, and more…

In the News PR Newswire: Supreme Court Must Step in to Protect Americans’ Freedom of Speech ALEXANDRIA, Va., Sept. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) recently filed an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court to protect the free-speech rights of Edmund Corsi — an ordinary Ohio citizen whom state officials have ruled should have […]

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In the News: Daily Caller: Dick Durbin calls in Trayvon Martin’s mother for anti-ALEC testimony

By Patrick Howley ATT, which supports ALEC for its “state legislation aimed at achieving and maintaining a favorable business climate,” shot back with a sharply worded letter to Durbin from senior vice president James Cicconi saying that it’s “inescapable that any response to your request will be used by those interests whose purpose is to […]

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In the News: The Hill: Disclosure’s unintended consequences

The Hill: Disclosure’s unintended consequences By Eric Wang And how might Ms. Paz’s tormenters have located her? While a simple Google search may not suffice, one need not resort to expensive database services or NSA surveillance. Rather, the Federal Election Commission’s campaign finance disclosure website reveals individuals’ addresses, occupations, and employers within seconds, including information […]

Filed Under: Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Eric Wang, In the News, IRS and the Tea Party, Published Articles

Good Intentions not Enough at Latest IRS Scandal Hearing

On September 18, 2013, the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight held a hearing on the progress of reforms at the Internal Revenue Service in the wake of the IRS harassment scandal gripping the Agency, with Mr. Daniel Werfel, the Acting Commissioner of the IRS, testifying as the sole witness. Mr. Werfel was cooperative […]

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The Center for Competitive Politics is now the Institute for Free Speech.