And More Doublespeak in Reformland: On Reversing SpeechNow.org

Our inimitable Luke Wachob notes that “reformers,” after complaining for years about the FEC’s bipartisan makeup, have now decided to complain about its “partisan” makeup. Apparently, the “reformers” have decided that complaining about bipartisanship just doesn’t resonate with voters. So, in a bit of doublespeak, why not change “bipartisan” to “partisan?” After all, a rose […]

Filed Under: Blog, Super PACs, David keating, Disclosure, John Howe, SpeechNow, SpeechNow.org

Doublespeak in Reformland

CCP President David Keating recently noted that opponents of free speech in campaigns have corrupted the term “corruption.” It’s not alone. They also have trouble with “partisan.” The office of Congressman John Sarbanes put out a press release last week hyping House Democrats’ proposals to expand campaign finance and voting rights laws. The release says, […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclose Act, Doublespeak, FEC, Representative John Sarbanes

Deseret News: Utah agrees not to enforce parts of political disclosure law (In the News)

Associated Press The Utah Attorney General’s Office said in a settlement Wednesday that organizations will have to report donations from political advocacy groups, but requiring more disclosure would be unconstitutional. The settlement comes after three nonprofits challenged the law, saying forcing them to reveal donors violates their freedom of speech. Groups like the Utah Taxpayers […]

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Daily Media Links 7/15: DNC host committee goes to court to keep its fund-raising under wraps, Donald Trump is crashing the system. Journalists need to build a new one., and more…

In the News Deseret News: Utah agrees not to enforce parts of political disclosure law Associated Press The Utah Attorney General’s Office said in a settlement Wednesday that organizations will have to report donations from political advocacy groups, but requiring more disclosure would be unconstitutional. The settlement comes after three nonprofits challenged the law, saying […]

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Utah settles lawsuit, concedes First Amendment violation

Alexandria, VA – In an agreement approved by a federal judge this afternoon, Utah agreed not to enforce a state campaign finance law that violated the First Amendment. The complex law required nonprofit advocacy groups to register with the state and publicly report their supporters’ private information, threatening donations to those organizations. The agreement, known […]

Filed Under: Blog, Press Releases, Utah Taxpayers Association v. Cox, uta v. cox, Utah

Daily Media Links 7/14: Three Nonprofits, Former Koch Brothers’ Associates, Fined by F.E.C., Bernie’s Fundraising Was Revolutionary. How He Spent His Money Was Not., and more…

FEC New York Times: Three Nonprofits, Former Koch Brothers’ Associates, Fined by F.E.C. Nicholas Confessore The Federal Election Commission fined three nonprofit groups formerly connected with the political network overseen by the brothers Charles G. Koch and David H. Koch, according to documents released by a liberal watchdog group on Wednesday, a rare intervention by […]

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The Corruption of “Corruption”

If you’ve not read Jonathan Rauch’s “How American Politics Went Insane” yet, you should. Reading his article made me think of the title of this post, which obviously is a play on words. Many of those opposed to free speech today see corruption everywhere, often when politicians vote the “wrong” way. In short, free speech […]

Filed Under: Blog, Jonathan Rauch, McDonnell v. United States, Tara Malloy

Daily Media Links 7/13: Senate Democrats Seek to Criminalize First Amendment–Protected Speech, Many Voters Think They’ve Seen Trump Ads On TV — But He Hasn’t Run Any, and more…

CCP Senate’s Attacks on Dissent Continue Luke Wachob Setting aside the (im)propriety of such a resolution, it’s interesting to consider how campaign finance and tax law impact this debate. In picking a fight with nonprofits, Senators have chosen targets that have a hand tied behind their back. Tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations, many of which are scheduled […]

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Senate’s Attacks on Dissent Continue

Internal emails obtained yesterday by The Washington Free Beacon brought to light a coordinated campaign by Democratic lawmakers and allied environmental groups to attack nonprofits opposed to climate change legislation. The emails detail a plan in which 19 Democratic Senators were assigned specific nonprofits to call out and criticize in speeches made on the chamber […]

Filed Under: Blog, IRS and the Tea Party, "John Doe", ALEC, climate change, Dick Durbin, sheldon whitehouse, The Intimidation Game, The Washington Free Beacon, Wisconsin

Library of Law and Liberty: Criminalizing Politics (In the News)

Bradley A. Smith Americans are rhetorically in love with the idea of “transparency,” but Strassel shows that whether the next President is Mr. Trump or Ms. Clinton, it is mandatory disclosure that makes the intimidation game work. That is how the government and its private sector allies know who to target. Originally intended to help […]

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

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