Albany Talk 1300 AM: Live From the State Capitol: David Keating and Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (In the News)

Fred Dicker Listen to Center for Competitive Politics President David Keating discuss our case, The November Team, et al., v. The New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics, on Albany Talk 1300 AM with host Fred Dicker. The New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) issued a final advisory opinion in January […]

Filed Under: Broadcast, Video, Audio, Current Case, In the News, Litigation Blog/Press Releases, Newsroom, November Team v. JCOPE

Georgia H.B. 370; Analysis of Proposed Amendment to Regulate So-Called “Election Targeted Issue Advocacy”

The Honorable David Ralston The Honorable David Shafer Re:  H.B. 370; Analysis of Proposed Amendment to Regulate So-Called “Election Targeted Issue Advocacy” Dear Speaker Ralston and President Pro Tempore Shafer: The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP)[1] respectfully submits the following comments analyzing a proposed amendment to regulate “election targeted issue advocacy,” which we understand some […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure Comments, Disclosure State, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State Comments and Testimony, Election Targeted Issue Advocacy, Eric Wang, Georgia

San Antonio Express-News: Sham issues ads or advocacy? (In the News)

David Saleh Rauf At issue: an attempt to clarify what type of communications by an outside group is regulated as a political expenditure. It’s taken on new scope in recent years as special interest groups spend money on ads that often blur between issue-based advocacy and aggressive attack-based politicking… Five campaign finance experts who analyzed […]

Filed Under: In the News, Newsroom, Quotes CCP

Daily Media Links 3/11: A Specific Proposal That Helps Give Us a Sense of What Getting Rid of Citizens United Might Entail, The Campaign-Finance Reform Wish List, and more…

In the News San Antonio Express-News: Sham issues ads or advocacy? David Saleh Rauf At issue: an attempt to clarify what type of communications by an outside group is regulated as a political expenditure. It’s taken on new scope in recent years as special interest groups spend money on ads that often blur between issue-based […]

Filed Under: Daily Media Links

New York Law Journal: PR Firms Challenge Reporting Requirement (In the News)

Joel Stashenko A group of public relations firms that represent politicians have filed a federal suit challenging an expansion of what constitutes lobbying as defined by the state Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE). The plaintiffs contend that by recently adopting rules requiring public relations firms to disclose outreach activities to news editorial boards as […]

Filed Under: Current Case, In the News, In the News Our Cases, Litigation Blog/Press Releases, Newsroom, November Team v. JCOPE

Constitutional Law Prof Blog: Tenth Circuit Strikes Disclosure Requirements as to Small Scale Issue Organization (In the News)

Steven D. Schwinn The Tenth Circuit agreed. The court applied “exacting scrutiny” and concluded that “the minimal informational interest [in disclosure] cannot justify the associated substantial burdens [of compliance].” The court noted that the small-scale nature of the Coalition had an impact on both sides of the balance. As to the informational interest, “the strength […]

Filed Under: Coalition for Secular Government v. Gessler Other Links, Current Case, In the News, In the News Our Cases, Litigation Blog/Press Releases, Newsroom

New York Post: Oust the JCOPE bureaucrats for their speech-suppressing power grab (In the News)

Editorial Board A spectrum of New York p.r. firms filed suit Tuesday to force the state Joint Commission on Public Ethics to drop its lunatic bid to treat them as lobbyists… It’s a blatant violation of the First Amendment — no government body has the right to regulate contacts with the press. And even if […]

Filed Under: Current Case, In the News, In the News Our Cases, Litigation Blog/Press Releases, Newsroom, November Team v. JCOPE

Daily Media Links 3/10: Watch Clinton Describe Her Ideal Supreme Court Justice, Corporate Political Donations and Lobbying Are Still Trapped in a Murky, Dark Cloud, and more…

In the News New York Post: Oust the JCOPE bureaucrats for their speech-suppressing power grab Editorial Board A spectrum of New York p.r. firms filed suit Tuesday to force the state Joint Commission on Public Ethics to drop its lunatic bid to treat them as lobbyists… It’s a blatant violation of the First Amendment — […]

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Seven Myths about Disclosure Masquerading as “Realities”

This Issue Brief by Center for Competitive Politics Senior Fellow Eric Wang[1] analyzes seven alleged “myths” about campaign finance disclosure as discussed by the pro-regulation Campaign Legal Center. The Campaign Legal Center (CLC) recently issued a briefing paper worthy of Lewis Carroll.[2] Purporting to explain “Seven Myths (and Realities) about Disclosure,”[3] the CLC paper instead […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Corporate Governance, Corporate Governance Handouts, Disclosure, Disclosure Handouts, Jurisprudence & Litigation, Research, Super PACs, Super PACs, Campaign Legal Center, Electioneering Communications, federal election commission, NAACP v. Alabama, Securities and Exchange Commission, Disclosure, Jurisprudence & Litigation, Disclosure, Jurisprudence & Litigation, Super PACs

Are state parties a solution to political “chaos”?

“It’s chaos out there.” That’s how Jonathan Rauch, Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution, describes the state of politics today. Rauch and Raymond J. La Raja, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a CCP Academic Advisor, believe that freeing state parties to play a more active […]

Filed Under: Blog, Contribution Limits Press Release/In the News/Blog, Money in Politics, Super PACs, Brookings Institution, Jason Perkey, John Phillippe, Jonathan Rauch, Political Parties, Raymond J. La Raja

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