Citizen Sues Missouri Ethics Commission for First Amendment Violations

Alexandria, VA – The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) today announced a federal lawsuit and motion for a temporary restraining order has been filed on behalf of Ron Calzone against the Missouri Ethics Commission (MEC). Calzone has been targeted by Missouri State Capitol insiders and the MEC for his volunteer advocacy for individual liberty, free […]

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South Florida Sun Sentinel: Rubio, Murphy Senate race attracting big campaign dollars (In the News)

By Andy Reid
The money keeps flowing into this year’s race because both Republicans and Democrats think winning Florida’s seat can help them win control of the Senate, according to David Keating, president of the Center for Competitive Politics.
“Florida is probably one of the biggest competitive states. There are a lot of media markets all over the state. It costs a lot money to run in Florida,” said Keating, whose organization advocates for easing limits on campaign spending…
Keating, of the Center for Competitive Politics, said the outside money isn’t likely going to change how Rubio and Murphy would act if elected. Instead, the money and where it comes from gives an indication of how the candidates’ existing positions on the issues, he said.
“It’s pretty unlikely that either one is going to change their views on the issues,” Keating said.

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In the News South Florida Sun Sentinel: Rubio, Murphy Senate race attracting big campaign dollars By Andy Reid The money keeps flowing into this year’s race because both Republicans and Democrats think winning Florida’s seat can help them win control of the Senate, according to David Keating, president of the Center for Competitive Politics. “Florida […]

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Daily Media Links 10/24: Dark money ads plunged when reporting requirement kicked in, TV Advertising in Presidential Race Half of 2012 Level, and more…

FEC Bloomberg BNA: Conservative Group Appeals Ruling on FEC Enforcement By Kenneth P. Doyle The conservative nonprofit American Action Network (AAN) is appealing a federal district court decision reviving a Federal Election Commission enforcement complaint charging the group violated campaign finance law by refusing to disclose its donors (Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington […]

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IRS The Hill: The Republican mission to quell the IRS By Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse An under-funded and harried IRS has been unwilling to police the activities of powerful social welfare groups after an effort to separate out new applicants blew up in its face. In 2013, the IRS signaled it would begin the process of […]

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CCP Elizabeth Warren Attacks SEC Chair for Refusing to Help Her Silence Businesses By Joe Albanese To be clear, the SEC has never before required the disclosure of corporate contributions to 501(c) groups. Indeed, its website describes its mission as one to “protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation.” It […]

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Elizabeth Warren Attacks SEC Chair for Refusing to Help Her Silence Businesses

Late last week, Senator Elizabeth Warren renewed a conflict with Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Mary Jo White, calling on President Obama to remove her from her post. Senator Warren has long pursued a misguided crusade to use the SEC to require disclosure of private contributions from business entities to trade associations and advocacy groups, […]

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Bloomberg BNA: Super PAC Spending Replaces Dark Money as Election Nears (In the News)

By Llewellyn Hinkes-Jones
Major campaign spending organizations closely tied to Democratic and Republican leaders and funded by undisclosed donations-known by critics as “dark money”-have spent $26 million in key Senate races in 2016 but have significantly reduced their TV ad spending in the final weeks of the campaign, according to a Bloomberg BNA analysis of Kantar Media/CMAG data…
David Keating, president of the nonprofit Center for Competitive Politics, which opposes restrictions on political spending, dismissed the idea of dark money in general.
“It’s a pejorative term that also includes groups like the Sierra Club,” Keating told Bloomberg BNA. “And the amounts given by 501(c)(4)s are small in comparison to other groups. It’s only about 3 percent of political donations.”

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In the News Bloomberg BNA: Super PAC Spending Replaces Dark Money as Election Nears By Llewellyn Hinkes-Jones Major campaign spending organizations closely tied to Democratic and Republican leaders and funded by undisclosed donations-known by critics as “dark money”-have spent $26 million in key Senate races in 2016 but have significantly reduced their TV ad spending in […]

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Cases Daily Caller: McCutcheon: I Got What I Wished For. Did The RNC? By Shaun McCutcheon I fully support the exercise of the freedom made possible by the case we fought so hard to win. It is the American way. Supporting candidates directly, even multiple ones, lessens reliance on Super PACS, and allows a candidates message […]

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