More Soft Money Hard Law: Contribution Regulation and Its Critics (In the News)

By Bob Bauer When the Supreme Court took up the McCutcheon case, and again when it was decided, commentators suggested that the Court might be poised to reconsider the constitutional foundations of contribution regulation. The Justices had done what they needed to do to expand and solidify the right to independent spending; now they would turn their attention, in […]

Filed Under: In the News, In the News Our Cases

LA Times: Judge to elections officials: Reveal sources of campaign spending (In the News)

By Joseph Tanfani Conservative legal organizations argue it’s wrong for the government to force groups that take controversial opinions to reveal donor names. “Some people are fine with it, but others are not,” said David Keating, president of the Center for Competitive Politics, which argues for fewer restrictions on campaign spending. “It will be harder to speak […]

Filed Under: In the News, Quotes CCP

Daily Media Links 11/26: Ready For Hillary Faces Legal Minefield, No opponent? No problem when it comes to public campaign finance cash, and more…

In the News LA Times: Judge to elections officials: Reveal sources of campaign spending By Joseph Tanfani Conservative legal organizations argue it’s wrong for the government to force groups that take controversial opinions to reveal donor names. “Some people are fine with it, but others are not,” said David Keating, president of the Center for Competitive […]

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RNLA: Larry Lessig: Campaign Finance’s Leona Helmsley (In the News)

By Paul Jossey Of course, another possibility also exists. Lessig may now be a reluctant apostate to the transparency cause—channeling less Leona Helmsley than Barack Obama. On numerous issues—e.g. Guantanamo, recess appointments, debt ceiling—candidate Obama found fault with his predecessor. But once in office and faced with the realities of governing, President Obama continued policies he had once pilloried. […]

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Daily Media Links 11/25: Democratic group to file complaint against GOP for ‘secret’ Twitter accounts, Republicans Withdraw From Challenge To Ban on ‘Soft Money’ Gifts to Parties, and more…

In the News Daily Caller: CLAIM: Harvard Prof Who Raised Millions For Stricter Campaign Finance Laws BROKE EXISTING LAWS  By Eric Owens But embrace this irony: the Center for Competitive Politics, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting free speech, has filed a complaint against Lessig’s Mayday PAC claiming that the organization dedicated to stricter campaign finance laws blatantly broke already-existing […]

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Statement on Van Hollen Decision

Former Federal Election Commission Chairman and Center for Competitive Politics Chairman Bradley A. Smith released this statement in reaction to the District Court ruling in Van Hollen v. FEC: “The practical impact of the decision is small.  Groups seeking to elect or defeat candidates have largely abandoned so-called electioneering communications ads in favor of telling voters […]

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Daily Caller: CLAIM: Harvard Prof Who Raised Millions For Stricter Campaign Finance Laws BROKE EXISTING LAWS (In the News)

By Eric Owens But embrace this irony: the Center for Competitive Politics, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting free speech, has filed a complaint against Lessig’s Mayday PAC claiming that the organization dedicated to stricter campaign finance laws blatantly broke already-existing federal election law. According to the complaint, Mayday PAC — the self-proclaimed “SuperPAC to end all SuperPACs” — made considerable […]

Filed Under: In the News, Quotes CCP

Free Beacon: Transparency Champion Allegedly Violates Transparency Laws (In the News)

By Lachlan Markay Campaign committees, the complaint notes, expend significant resources complying with disclaimer requirements that some might see as frivolous or overly technical. Declining to sanction a group for failing to comply with those requirements would unfairly hobble smaller groups without MAYDAY’s extensive resources, CCP wrote. “CCP is unaware of any other situation such as this, in […]

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“Bright Lines Project” 2.0 Is Still Not So Bright

More than a year ago, we dissected the original proposal from the “Bright Lines Project” to reform the IRS’s rules governing the extent to which tax-exempt organizations may engage in political activities. Our verdict at the time was that the proposal not only failed to live up to its promise of providing bright-line rules that […]

Filed Under: Blog, IRS and the Tea Party

Does Larry Lessig Think He and Mayday PAC are Above the Law?

Does Larry Lessig think he and his supporters are above the law? In response to a complaint that CCP filed with the FEC, documenting 12 instances in which Lessig’s Mayday PAC violated campaign disclosure rules, Professor Lessig offers this feeble defense: Every Mayday.US ad fully identified Mayday.US as its sponsor. And unlike superPACs that accept dark […]

Filed Under: Blog, CCP, Center for Competitive Politics, David keating, Disclosure, Embrace the Irony, FEC, Larry Lessig, Mayday PAC, Mayday.US, Professor Lessig

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