Roll Call: ‘Big Money’ and the 2016 Elections (In the News)

By Stuart Rothenberg In fact, what evidence there is in the article that the issue is emerging as politically significant is small and unpersuasive, though that did not stop the writer from citing a handful of people who are upset about the amount of money in politics and want to change the current system. Perhaps the best piece […]

Filed Under: In the News, Quotes CCP

Huffington Post: The Chamber Of Commerce Is Fighting Fiercely To Stop The Scourge Of Corporate Transparency (In the News)

By Paul Blumenthal Aided by the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal, the three big business groups have sought to undercut activist investors and pro-disclosure groups through public campaigns and private meetings with corporate executives.  Chamber President Tom Donohue put their argument succinctly at a December conference. “They say it’s about transparency, that’s a laugh. … The ultimate […]

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MSNBC: ‘Nothing like this has been done before’ (In the News)

By Steve Benen David Keating, president of the Center for Competitive Politics, told the AP, “Nothing like this has been done before.” And for good reason. In theory, donors have to weigh a variety of considerations before making a contribution: they can donate to a candidate, knowing the money will benefit him or her directly, but there are strict […]

Filed Under: In the News, Quotes CCP

Daily Media Links 4/24: Charles Koch: We’re not in politics to boost our bottom line, Clinton Foundation will amend tax filings to reflect foreign giving, and more…

In the News Roll Call: ‘Big Money’ and the 2016 Elections By Stuart Rothenberg In fact, what evidence there is in the article that the issue is emerging as politically significant is small and unpersuasive, though that did not stop the writer from citing a handful of people who are upset about the amount of money in politics […]

Filed Under: Daily Media Links

More Soft Money Hard Law: The State of Contribution Limits in a World of Super PACs (In the News)

By Bob Bauer Yet the Holmes Court is certain that it is being conned, and repeatedly citing Buckley v. Valeo, it is determined to hold the line: the limit is $2700 per election, at least for some candidates, and that is that.  It is unimpressed that candidates fortunate to lack meaningful or any primary opposition may routinely collect $5400 for the general […]

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The Libertarian Republic: These People Had Their House Raided By Cops Over Political Speech (In the News)

By Joe Trotter The people targeted in these raids are not violent criminals, they were simply speaking their mind about a pressing public issue. But, unfortunately, Chisholm succeeded where the campaign-finance reform community so often fails: he managed, in practice, to shut down legitimate debate and advocacy by wielding government power in ways that directly contradict the […]

Filed Under: In the News, Joe Trotter, Newsroom, Published Articles

Daily Media Links 4/23: Wisconsin Goes to the Supremes, “You are on 24/7″: The promise — and peril — of campaigning in the age of social media, and more…

In the News The Libertarian Republic: These People Had Their House Raided By Cops Over Political Speech By Joe Trotter The people targeted in these raids are not violent criminals, they were simply speaking their mind about a pressing public issue. But, unfortunately, Chisholm succeeded where the campaign-finance reform community so often fails: he managed, in […]

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Daily Media Links 4/22: Wisconsin's dirty prosecutors pull a Putin, Clinton: 'Disclosure is not enough' to limit money in politics, and more…

CCP Standards for tax exemption for social welfare organizations  By Allen Dickerson The Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, John Koskinen, was recently quoted as stating that under “the framework Congress has set up,” § 501(c)(4) organizations are permitted to “spend a significant amount on politics”—up to 49% of their budgets. This unremarkable assertion reflects the general […]

Filed Under: Daily Media Links

Standards for tax exemption for social welfare organizations

The Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, John Koskinen, was recently quoted as stating that under “the framework Congress has set up,” § 501(c)(4) organizations are permitted to “spend a significant amount on politics”—up to 49% of their budgets. This unremarkable assertion reflects the general understanding of tax lawyers and nonprofit organizations. Nevertheless, a predictable […]

Filed Under: Blog

The stuff foul-mouthed Larry Lessig says

In a post entitled “The sh*t Brad Smith says” (shot? shut? – you may as well spell it out, Larry), Larry Lessig quotes Brad Smith from Sunday’s Washington Post as saying, “[W]hen the rubber hits the road, most people say, ‘I don’t think my contribution should be disclosed.’” “That’s news to me,” says Lessig. “In […]

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