Comments to FEC regarding the Petition for Rulemaking on Federal Contractors (REG 2014-09) (Notice 2015-06)

BY EMAIL (ContractorPetition@fec.gov) Federal Election Commission Attn.: Amy L. Rothstein, Assistant General Counsel 999 E Street NW Washington, DC 20463 Re: Comments regarding the Petition for Rulemaking on Federal Contractors (REG 2014-09) (Notice 2015-06) Dear Commissioners: The Center for Competitive Politics (“CCP”) submits these comments in response to the Petition for Rulemaking (the “Petition”) filed […]

Filed Under: Blog, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits Comments, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Federal, Federal Comments and Testimony, Super PACs, federal election commission, public citizen

National Constitution Center: Donor disclosure and anonymous speech (Podcast) (In the News)

Allen Dickerson and Anthony Johnstone debate the controversy over non-profits being forced to release the names of anonymous donors. Jeffrey Rosen of the National Constitution Center hosts this conversation. Listen…

Filed Under: In the News, Newsroom

Washington Post: Elections and campaigns are not the same thing (In the News)

George Will Reformers who resent the existence of super PACs, and the reformers’ critics who oppose the reformers’ regulations of politics that have made super PACs necessary, should ponder Bradley A. Smith’s “Separation of Campaign and State” in the George Washington Law Review of November 2013. He argues not just that the quality of America’s […]

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Daily Media Links 5/29: Supreme Court Litmus Testing in the 2016 Election, One More Chance for Justice at the IRS, and more…

In the News Washington Post: Elections and campaigns are not the same thing George Will Reformers who resent the existence of super PACs, and the reformers’ critics who oppose the reformers’ regulations of politics that have made super PACs necessary, should ponder Bradley A. Smith’s “Separation of Campaign and State” in the George Washington Law […]

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Wall Street Journal: Get the IRS Out of the Speech-Police Business (In the News)

Scott Blackburn Some agency defenders have claimed that nothing was amiss in the IRS harassing hundreds of conservative and tea party groups. Since the agency also went after a few liberal groups, what’s the problem? The problem is that Americans deserve better than equal harassment under the law. The job of the IRS should be […]

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Daily Media Links 5/28: ‘Dark Money’ and Anonymous Speech Are Awesome, Unless You Want Political Thugs Jumping on Your Head, Two years later, IRS remains reckless and corrupt, and more…

In the News Wall Street Journal: Get the IRS Out of the Speech-Police Business Scott Blackburn Some agency defenders have claimed that nothing was amiss in the IRS harassing hundreds of conservative and tea party groups. Since the agency also went after a few liberal groups, what’s the problem? The problem is that Americans deserve […]

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Sacramento Bee: Nonprofits take privacy claims ever further (In the News)

The Editorial Board The Internal Revenue Service and states require that nonprofit corporations provide identities of donors when they file their tax returns. That’s part of the price they and their donors pay for receiving federal and state tax breaks. The tax returns are public documents, but donor lists are not. In California, Attorney General […]

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USA Today: Super PACs are not the problem: Opposing view (In the News)

Bradley A. Smith People hate political spending the same way that children hate spinach, but it turns out to be good to have. Studies show that spending increases voter knowledge and turnout, but it’s not cheap. One recent study showed it cost roughly $87 a vote to increase turnout. Unfortunately, current campaign-finance laws make it […]

Filed Under: Brad Smith, In the News, Newsroom, Published Articles

Daily Media Links 5/27: 2016 presidential campaigns chase money, with no cop on the beat: Our view, Hackers stole personal information from 104,000 taxpayers, IRS says, and more…

In the News USA Today: Super PACs are not the problem: Opposing view Bradley A. Smith People hate political spending the same way that children hate spinach, but it turns out to be good to have. Studies show that spending increases voter knowledge and turnout, but it’s not cheap. One recent study showed it cost […]

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Super PACs vs. the Smoke-Filled Room

Chris Cillizza illustrates the benefits of Citizens United and SpeechNow.Org in a Washington Post article examining the wide-open state of the Republican presidential field: “Traditionally — that is, in the time before super PACs — the way that the field was winnowed was via fundraising. A candidate underperformed expectations in Iowa or New Hampshire (or […]

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