Alt-Twitter and the Battle for Anonymous Political Speech

On April 6th, the Department of Homeland Security took the unusual – and likely illegal and unconstitutional – step of attempting to “unmask” the user of a pseudonymous Twitter account. The account, @ALT_uscis, was one of a collection that had sprung up over the past few months to protest the Trump administration’s handling of various […]

Filed Under: Blog, Coalition for Secular Government v. Gessler Other Links, CSG v. Gessler, Delaware Strong Families v. Biden Other Links, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Independence Institute v. FEC Other Links, Independence Institute v. Gessler Other Links, @ALT_uscis, anonymous internet speech, Department of Homeland Security, DHS, Harassment, Privacy, Rick Hasen, Twitter, Colorado, Delaware

Significant Constitutional and Practical Issues with Connecticut House Bill 5589

The Honorable Joe Aresimowicz The Honorable Themis Klarides RE:  Significant Constitutional and Practical Issues with House Bill 5589 Dear Speaker Aresimowicz, Minority Leader Klarides, and Members of the Connecticut House of Representatives: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics (“Center”), we respectfully submit the following comments addressing significant constitutional and practical concerns with House […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure Comments, Disclosure State, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Issues, State, State Comments and Testimony, Super PACs, coordination, disclaimers, foreign nationals, Connecticut

Daily Media Links 4/14: Trump Backs Soft-Money Limits in Supreme Court Case, Trump’s pledge to allow churches to support candidates may be part of tax bill, and more…

CCP                                                          Members of Congress Renew Proposal to Kill Bipartisan FEC By Luke Wachob The current six-commissioner structure, created in the aftermath of the Watergate scandal, was purposefully designed to prevent both the appearance and the reality of partisan control of the agency. Prior to the creation of the FEC, the Department of Justice […]

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Members of Congress Renew Proposal to Kill Bipartisan FEC

The bipartisan makeup of the Federal Election Commission is coming under fire yet again. A House bill (H.R. 2034) would effectively disband the FEC and replace the agency with a new, partisan model of campaign finance law enforcement. Perhaps recognizing how unpopular this idea would be if put in plain English, the proposal’s backers couch […]

Filed Under: Blog, Enforcement, IRS and the Tea Party, Issues, Derek Kilmer, FEC, federal election commission, HR 2034, Jim Renacci, Restoring Integrity to America's Elections Act, richard nixon, Watergate, Montana, Wisconsin

Daily Media Links 4/13: GOP tax writers ask Sessions to review evidence against Lerner, Regulator who targeted Drudge turns focus to Facebook, Twitter, and more…

CCP                                                          Ravel’s Support for Ending PACs Exposes Her Long-Term Policy Goals By Joe Albanese [Ravel] wrote an op-ed last week in the San Francisco Chronicle advocating for a bill in Congress entitled the “No PAC Act” (H.R. 1743). As the name suggests, the Act would “prohibit a candidate for election to the office […]

Filed Under: Daily Media Links

Constitutional and Practical Issues with Maryland House Bill 1498

VIA U.S. MAIL AND ELECTRONIC MAIL The Honorable Larry Hogan 100 State Circle Annapolis, MD 21401-1925 RE:  Constitutional and Practical Issues with House Bill 1498 Dear Governor Hogan: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics (“the Center”),[1] we respectfully submit the following comments addressing constitutional and practical issues with portions of House Bill 1498, […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Comments, Disclosure State, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State, State Comments and Testimony, Joint-and-Several Liability, Maryland

Constitutional and Practical Issues with Maryland House Bill 898

VIA U.S. MAIL AND ELECTRONIC MAIL The Honorable Larry Hogan 100 State Circle Annapolis, MD 21401-1925 RE:  Constitutional and Practical Issues with House Bill 898 Dear Governor Hogan: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics (“the Center”),[1] we respectfully submit the following comments addressing constitutional and practical issues with portions of House Bill 898, […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State, State Comments and Testimony, coordination, Maryland State Board of Elections, Maryland

Daily Media Links 4/12: Lawmakers launch bipartisan effort to break FEC stalemate, Should the feds ‘unmask’ anonymous political speech?, and more…

Congress                                                         Washington Examiner: Lawmakers launch bipartisan effort to break FEC stalemate By Nicole Duran A dozen House members from both parties have introduced legislation to restructure the Federal Election Commission to help break deadlocks over campaign finance law enforcement. The Restoring Integrity to America’s Elections Act would make the FEC’s structure similar to […]

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Ravel’s Support for Ending PACs Exposes Her Long-Term Policy Goals

When Ann Ravel resigned from her post at the Federal Election Commission earlier this year, she made it clear that her activism would continue from outside the agency. To that end, she wrote an op-ed last week in the San Francisco Chronicle advocating for a bill in Congress entitled the “No PAC Act” (H.R. 1743). […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits Federal, Contribution Limits Press Release/In the News/Blog, Issues, Money in Politics, Ann Ravel, corruption, Fundraising, No PAC Act, PACs, Political Committees, Alabama, Indiana, Iowa, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia

Washington Examiner: Courts should undo this dumb, unfair rule on campaign finance (In the News)

By Bradley Smith
In Holmes v. FEC, my organization, the Center for Competitive Politics, represents plaintiffs who are challenging the timing of contribution limits in federal races, but not the limits themselves. Federal law limits donors to contributing $2,700 to a candidate for the primary election, and another $2,700 for the general election. Many incumbents, however, do not face a primary challenger. They can raise $5,400 per donor and effectively spend it all on the general…
This is not fair to donors, it’s not fair to challengers, and it serves no anti-corruption purpose. As President Barack Obama’s former White House Counsel Bob Bauer writes, “donors do not potentially corrupt candidates in the primary, or the general, or a run-off: the corruption, if it occurs, is the result of the amounts given through the date that the candidate is elected to office.”…
It wouldn’t be hard to make the insensible sensible here. Contribution limits should be apportioned by election cycle, rather than split between the general and the primary. A win for the petitioners in Holmes would make the law simpler and fairer, and that’s something we should all get behind.

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

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