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 which a Super PAC with over $10 million in funding, led by the director of a leading academic center on ethics, and supported by the resources and expertise of seasoned political operatives, spent at least hundreds of thousands of dollars to distribute advertising flouting the law’s disclaimer requirements,” the group wrote in its complaint.
Keating said MAYDAY’s inability or unwillingness to comply with specific disclaimer requirements demonstrates the need for reforming those requirements.
“Campaign finance laws are too complex, and now we have proof,” he said. “If a Harvard law professor can’t figure it out, what hope is there for the average person who wants to form a political group?”

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