Wyoming Liberty Group: WyLiberty Arguments End Political Inquisition in Texas (In the News)

“Election laws are supposed to clean up politics,” said Klein. “But this case proves that malicious, partisan prosecutors can use these laws as the dirtiest political tool.” WyLiberty’s briefs—joined by the Center for Competitive Politics—addressed the implications of the DeLay prosecution on free speech, showing that Texas law allowed for each transaction and that the prosecution’s interpretation would violate the […]

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Daily Media Links 10/2: How Liberals Became the New Book Banners, California governor vetoes ethics bills, and more…

In the News Wyoming Liberty Group: WyLiberty Arguments End Political Inquisition in Texas  “Election laws are supposed to clean up politics,” said Klein. “But this case proves that malicious, partisan prosecutors can use these laws as the dirtiest political tool.” WyLiberty’s briefs—joined by the Center for Competitive Politics—addressed the implications of the DeLay prosecution on free speech, showing that Texas […]

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New proposed “pay-to-play” rule draws criticism from free speech group

Alexandria, VA – The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) today announced that it filed comments critical of a new Municipal Services Rulemaking Board proposal to expand so-called “pay-to-play” rules.  The draft amendments to what is formally known as Rule G-37 would in many cases ban certain investment managers from making campaign contributions to candidates for […]

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Comment on Draft Amendments to MSRB Rule G-37 to Extend its Provisions to Municipal Advisors

Download PDF copy at this link October 1, 2014 Via Electronic Submission Ronald W. Smith, Corporate Secretary Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board 1900 Duke Street, Suite 600 Alexandria, VA 22314 Re: Comment on Draft Amendments to MSRB Rule G-37 to Extend its Provisions to Municipal Advisors  Dear Mr. Smith, I write on behalf of the Center […]

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Top Texas Criminal Court Upholds Tom DeLay Acquittal

Alexandria, VA – This morning the top Texas criminal court upheld an Appeals Court decision to acquit former Congressman Tom DeLay of charges of “judgments convicting him of the offenses of money laundering of funds of $100,000 or more and conspiracy to commit money laundering of funds of $100,000 or more.” The Court concluded “We […]

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Miller Center: RESOLVED: Our Campaign Finance System is Corrupting American Democracy (Video)

Features Brad Smith, Vik Amar, Ann Ravel, and Sean McCucheon. Watch clips… Transcript…

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Acton Institute: ‘Greater Transparency’ Really Means Shutting Down Corporate Free Speech (In the News)_

By Bruce Walker “Treating the CPA-Zicklin Index as a measure of ‘best corporate practices’ is like asking foxes to offer best practices for henhouses,” according to CCP President David Keating. Corporations have an obligation to do what is in the best interest of their shareholders, not comply with the demands of a non-profit that opposes speech […]

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Newsweek: As Dark Money Floods U.S. Elections, Regulators Turn a Blind Eye (In the News)

By Leah McGrath Goodman “By law, it has to be three commissioners for each party, and you need four votes to get anything done. The laws are frequently confusing, and the debates are real,” says Bradley Smith, chairman of the Center for Competitive Politics, a nonprofit organization working for First Amendment rights, who was an FEC […]

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Daily Media Links 10/1: U.S. judge dismisses Republican challenge to SEC pay-to-play rule, Democrats Are Spending More on the Ground in Key Senate Races, and more…

In the News Miller Center: RESOLVED: Our Campaign Finance System is Corrupting American Democracy.  Features Brad Smith, Vik Amar, Ann Ravel, and Sean McCucheon. Watch clips… Transcript…   Acton Institute: ‘Greater Transparency’ Really Means Shutting Down Corporate Free Speech By Bruce Walker “Treating the CPA-Zicklin Index as a measure of ‘best corporate practices’ is like asking foxes […]

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Campaign Legal Center’s Guide Proves Campaign Finance Law is Too Complicated

Justice Kennedy wrote in the Citizens United majority opinion: “The First Amendment does not permit laws that force speakers to retain a campaign finance attorney, conduct demographic marketing research, or seek declaratory rulings before discussing the most salient political issues of our day.” Unfortunately, our laws and regulations are so complex that even having a […]

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