Application for section 501(c)(4) status by Crossroads GPS

Honorable John Koskinen, Commissioner Tamera Ripperda, Director of Exempt Organizations Internal Revenue Service 1111 Constitution Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20224 Re: Application for section 501(c)(4) status by Crossroads GPS Dear Commissioner Koskinen and Director Ripperda: On May 6, Democracy 21 and the Campaign Legal Center (CLC) wrote you “to urge the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) […]

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Pressure group letter to IRS on Crossroads GPS misstates the law, is inappropriate

Democracy 21, Campaign Legal Center improperly treats rejected staff analysis as authoritative guidance For Release: May 21, 2014    Contact: Joe Trotter    Phone: 210-352-0055 (Cell) Alexandria, VA – In a letter to the Internal Revenue Service sent today, the Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) criticized a recent letter sent jointly by Democracy 21 and […]

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More Soft Money Hard Law: “Great and Extraordinary Occasions” for Constitutional Reform—and The Question of Evidence (In the News)

By Bob Bauer Of the several constitutional amendments favored by Justice Stevens, the one dealing with campaign finance reform strikes Cass Sunstein as “the strongest.” Cass Sunstein, The Refounding Father, N.Y. Review of Books Vol. LXI, No. 10 (June 5, 2014) at 10.  He argues that without controls on political spending, income inequality will beget […]

Filed Under: Amending Press Release/In the News/Blog, Amending the Constitution, In the News, Top Articles

Charitable Planning: Court Denies Preliminary Injunction in Donor Disclosure Case (In the News)

From Charitable Planning: The plaintiff also argued that forcing the disclosure would infringe its freedom of association, noting the AG had not offered “a particularized rationale” for requesting the information. Again, the court disagreed, saying “a merely subjective fear of future reprisals” did not sufficiently establish infringement, and disclosure would further the state’s “compelling interest” in enforcing laws against self-dealing, […]

Filed Under: CCP v. Harris Other Links, In the News, In the News Our Cases, Quotes CCP, California

Yonkers Tribune: Conservative Party Supports Taxpayers – Opposes Public Money for Campaigns (In the News)

By Hezi Aris In September 2011, Jason Farrell published a report for the Center for Competitive Politics that showed how a number of candidates and their associates, in New York City, Maine and Arizona willfully abuse the campaign finance system, exploit loopholes ensuring they can keep much of their donation money off the books, and […]

Filed Under: In the News, Quotes CCP, State, State In the News, Tax Financed Campaigns Press Release/In the News/Blog, Tax-Financing, New York

The Hartford Guardian: CT Ends Contribution Cap After Court Decision (In the News)

From the Hartford Guardian: The Center for Competitive Politics has urged Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to respond quickly to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in McCutcheon v. FEC, a ruling that ensures that Connecticut does not continue to violate its citizens’ First Amendment rights. In McCutcheon, the Court ruled that citizens could not be limited in how much they spend overall on contributions to political candidates, parties and PACs […]

Filed Under: Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits Press Release/In the News/Blog, Contribution Limits State, In the News, McCutcheon v. FEC Other Links, Quotes CCP, State, State In the News, Connecticut

NPR: Tea Party Stumbles As GOP Establishment Flexes Fundraising Strength (In the News)

Tea Party candidates did well in GOP primary elections in 2010 and 2012; this year, not so much. Part of this lack of success is because establishment candidates have generally out-raised them, and establishment-aligned outside groups are no longer reluctant to get involved in primaries.   Listen…  

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Daily Media Links 5/20: Tea Party Stumbles As GOP Establishment Flexes Fundraising Strength, “Great and Extraordinary Occasions” for Constitutional Reform—and The Question of Evidence, and more…

In the News NPR: Tea Party Stumbles As GOP Establishment Flexes Fundraising Strength Tea Party candidates did well in GOP primary elections in 2010 and 2012; this year, not so much. Part of this lack of success is because establishment candidates have generally out-raised them, and establishment-aligned outside groups are no longer reluctant to get involved […]

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Daily Media Links 5/19: CT Ends Contribution Cap After Court Decision, Conservative Party Supports Taxpayers – Opposes Public Money for Campaigns, and more…

In the News The Hartford Guardian: CT Ends Contribution Cap After Court Decision The Center for Competitive Politics has urged Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to respond quickly to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in McCutcheon v. FEC, a ruling that ensures that Connecticut does not continue to violate its citizens’ First Amendment rights. In McCutcheon, the Court ruled that citizens could not be limited in how much they spend […]

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Connecticut halts enforcement of contribution cap in wake of Supreme Court decision

For Release: May 15, 2014      Contact: Joe Trotter          Phone: 210-352-0055 (Cell) Alexandria, Va. — Connecticut’s Elections Enforcement Commission released an advisory opinion yesterday saying that it “will not enforce the aggregate contribution limits from individuals to various committees” in the state law because the law is unconstitutional under a U.S. Supreme Court ruling.  With the […]

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