In the News: The Hill: Disclosure’s unintended consequences

The Hill: Disclosure’s unintended consequences By Eric Wang And how might Ms. Paz’s tormenters have located her? While a simple Google search may not suffice, one need not resort to expensive database services or NSA surveillance. Rather, the Federal Election Commission’s campaign finance disclosure website reveals individuals’ addresses, occupations, and employers within seconds, including information […]

Filed Under: Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Eric Wang, In the News, IRS and the Tea Party, Published Articles

In the News: Washington Times: Cutting the price tag off free speech

Washington Times: Cutting the price tag off free speech By Eric Wang Why this disparity in the law’s regulation of political speech? The answer lies in the campaign finance laws, which exempt media corporations from most of the rules that apply to everyone else’s political activities. Instead of imposing more restraints on the media, however, […]

Filed Under: In the News, In the News Our Cases, McCutcheon v. FEC Other Links, Published Articles

In the News: Roll Call: A Not-So-Bright ‘Fix’ for the IRS

Roll Call: A Not-So-Bright ‘Fix’ for the IRS By Eric Wang …As the name suggests, the Bright Lines Project purports to provide clear rules for the IRS to delineate the types of political activities that are restricted or off-limits for nonprofits. Currently, the agency relies on a nebulous “facts and circumstances” test for determining when […]

Filed Under: In the News, IRS and the Tea Party, Issues, Published Articles

In the News: The Hill: WWJD about the IRS?

The Hill: WWJD about the IRS? By Eric Wang On the question of whether to submit to secular taxation, Jesus famously advised the Jews to “render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s.” In response to the ongoing Internal Revenue Service scandal, Congress should take a page […]

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Campaign Finance Speed Trap

Meet Mr. T. Augurson. Although he doesn’t know it yet, he is a campaign finance scofflaw. According to U.S. News & World Report, Mr. Augurson is passionate about cars and politics – his only offense is that he combined the two interests without consulting a lawyer first. With a 556-horsepower supercharged V8, Mr. Augurson’s CTS-V […]

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In the News: Politico: Time to shed light on disclosure bill

Politico: Time to shed light on disclosure bill CCP President David Keating and Senior Fellow Eric Wang wrote an article for Politico discussing the dangers of the new Wyden-Murkowski legislation.  You can find additional analysis of the bill here. For a bill supposedly about “disclosure,” Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) gave surprisingly […]

Filed Under: Disclosure, Disclosure Federal, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Federal, Federal In the News, In the News, Published Articles

In the News: Roll Call: Political Intelligence: The New Oxymoron

Roll Call: Political Intelligence: The New Oxymoron By CCP Senior Fellow Eric Wang There used to be a time when “military intelligence” was a prime example of an oxymoron. But as our brave men and women in uniform have prosecuted two major wars over the past decade so valiantly and selflessly, dumping on our military […]

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Campaign Finance Laws Ensure Noncompliance

As FEC Commissioner Caroline Hunter likes to point out, the Federal Election Campaign Act (at 2 U.S.C. § 437d(a)(9)) (FECA) charges the Federal Election Commission (FEC) with “encourag[ing] voluntary compliance” with the law. Ironically, the same statute is so littered with counterintuitive and nonsensical provisions that they virtually ensure noncompliance. The FEC complaint filed by […]

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Media Watch: Washington Post survey reveals public misunderstanding of super PACs; article reveals the paper shares in that misunderstanding

Two days ago, the Washington Post published the results of a survey it conducted, which indicated a majority of Americans could not properly explain what a super PAC is. Ironically, the Post ran a story today on the Massachusetts U.S. Senate race to fill the seat of former Sen. John Kerry, in which it reported, […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Featured Content, Media Watch, Super PACs, DISCLOSE, Disclose Act

Ricin-Laced Letters Contain “Stand-By-Your-Ad” Disclaimer

The sender of letters to Sen. Roger Wicker and President Obama believed to be laced with ricin closes with the signoff, “I am KC and I approve this message.” This is an obvious allusion to the so-called “stand-by-your ad” disclaimer required by federal campaign finance law (2 U.S.C. § 441d(d)). As I have often noted, […]

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