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Van Hollen intervenes in support of failed campaign finance restriction

Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland has filed papers to join the legal battle over the ‘soft money’ ban in the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (BCRA), raising the stakes in an effort by congressional supporters to defend their failed law restricting political speech.

"The federal government doesn’t have the power to regulate the financing of state and local elections," said Center for Competitive Politics Chairman Bradley A. Smith, a former FEC Chairman. "It shouldn’t be able to tell the national political parties they can raise only limited funds for state and local purposes. The court will have the opportunity to examine the flawed decision that national party spending on non-federal campaigns can be restricted to remedy a vague and unjustified corruption concern connected to federal politicians."

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Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to Millionaire’s Amendment

The Supreme Court announced today that it will hear a challenge to the so-called "Millionaire’s Amendment" provisions of federal campaign finance law.

The provisions, which increase contribution limits by at least 300 percent for candidates facing a self-financed opponent, are being challenged by Jack Davis, a former Democratic congressional candidate in New York’s 26th district.

In court filings, Davis argues that the Millionaire’s Amendment does not limit "the corrupting influence of campaign contributors" and instead, "serves to protect well-financed incumbents who wrote the statute."

"This case exposes and undermines the ‘corruption rationale’ used to justify most campaign finance laws," says Bradley A. Smith, chairman of the Center for Competitive Politics, which will file an amicus brief in the case. 

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Comments of CCP Vice President Steve Hoersting on ActBlue AOR

Written comments of CCP Vice President Steve Hoersting on a November 5, 2007 message to the Federal Election Commission on the topic of ActBlue AOR.

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Comments of CCP Vice President Steve Hoersting on WRTL Rulemaking

Written comments of CCP Vice President Steve Hoersting on a October 1, 2007 message to the Federal Election Commission on the topic of WRTL rulemaking.

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Comments on Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Coordinated Communications

CCP comments on the Commission’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Coordinated Communications. Executive Director, Steve Hoersting recommends retaining a well defined content standard, which lets unwary speakers know in advance which communications can trigger protracted investigations.

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