Less Regulation is ‘Free and Fair’

I spent a little more than three months at CCP defending your right to free and unhindered speech, and I would gladly do it again. At a recent Senate Rules and Administration Committee hearing on campaign finance, Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) stated, “Free and fair elections are a founding principle of our democracy…It’s now crystal […]

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Daily Media Links 5/2: NY Times: Lawrence Lessig Starts a Super PAC, Politico: States are now targets of ‘Citizens United,’ SCOTUSBlog: From the bench to the podium, and more…

CCP Group urges District of Columbia to implement Supreme Court decision in contribution limits case. Alexandria, Va. — A First Amendment advocacy group today urged the mayor, Attorney General, and other District of Columbia officials to repeal the District’s aggregate campaign contribution limit law and halt its enforcement because the law is likely unconstitutional following the Supreme […]

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In the News: MPBN: Maine Sen. King: ‘Dark Money’ Threatens U.S. Democracy

By Tom Porter But as the debate over campaign finance picks up steam in Washington, Maine election officials are also confronting the issue. This week, a Virginia-based advocacy group, called the Center for Competitive Politics, sent a letter to state officials, urging Maine to repeal a state law imposing limits on campaign contributions, or risk a lawsuit. The group’s […]

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In the News: CQ Weekly: Max PACs’ Poised to Exploit Supreme Court Decision on Campaign Finance

By Eliza Newlin Carney “It’s not going to be quite the game changer that some people think on either side, because there aren’t that many people ‘maxing out’ already,” says Bradley Smith, a former FEC chairman who heads the Center for Competitive Politics, which advocates less regulation of campaigns. Still, Smith adds, “it will make […]

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In the News: News Maine: Centre [sic] urges Maine to replace campaign finance laws

By Petra Maria Longewag David Keating, the president of the Center for Competitive Politics said that laws in Maine restrict the amount individuals can donate to a candidate or campaign. He pointed out that the law is directly contradictory to a recent ruling by the U. S. Supreme Court over the issue.   Keating wrote […]

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Daily Media Links 5/1: National Review: Re: Justice Stevens’s Unethical Testimony, Politico: Big donor secrecy: ‘Irony, but it’s not hypocrisy,’ Roll Call: Senator Questions Hatch Act Violation at FEC, and more…

In the News   News Maine: Centre [sic] urges Maine to replace campaign finance laws By Petra Maria Longewag David Keating, the president of the Center for Competitive Politics said that laws in Maine restrict the amount individuals can donate to a candidate or campaign. He pointed out that the law is directly contradictory to a […]

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In the News: Portland Press Herald: Group opposing donor limits urges Maine to comply with SCOTUS ruling

By Steve Mistler In a letter to Republican Gov. Paul LePage, Attorney General Janet Mills, a Democrat, and legislative leaders, CCP urged state officials to either change or not enforce a state law preventing individual donors from spending more than $25,000 on candidate committees during an election cycle. The current law does not apply to individual limits to […]

Filed Under: In the News, McCutcheon v. FEC Other Links, Quotes CCP, Maine

In the News: Maine Sun Journal: As King takes aim at campaign ‘dark money,’ Virginia group prods Maine to lift donor contribution limits

By Scott Thistle Center for Competitive Politics President David Keating said Maine law limiting the amount individuals can donate to a candidate or campaign are in direct conflict with a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the issue, McCutcheon vs. FEC. In a letter to lawmakers, LePage and Attorney General Janet Mills, Keating urged Maine officials “to […]

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Daily Media Links 4/30: AP: Lawyer for Ex-IRS Official Asks to Address House, NY Times: Money Talks. Especially Boehner’s., Roll Call: Obama’s Unlobbyists, and more…

In the News Maine Sun Journal: As King takes aim at campaign ‘dark money,’ Virginia group prods Maine to lift donor contribution limits By Scott Thistle Center for Competitive Politics President David Keating said Maine law limiting the amount individuals can donate to a candidate or campaign are in direct conflict with a recent U.S. Supreme Court […]

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In the News: More Soft Money Hard Law: A Few Words on “Hypocrites” and “Zealots”

By Bob Bauer A lot of the yelling and screaming heard about McCutcheon has recently migrated into the debate about disclosure. Charles Krauthammer has complained that the zealots have ruined disclosure as a policy option by misusing donor information to launch attacks on them. And Brad Smith took to the webpages of the Center for Competitive Politics to refute the charge that on […]

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