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DISCLOSE Act of 2014 — Brad Smith’s Opening Statement to the Senate Rules and Administration Committee (Video)

Center for Competitive Politics Chairman Bradley A. Smith testified before the Senate Rules and Administration Committee on this year’s version of the DISCLOSE Act:

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Testimony of Bradley A. Smith to the Senate Rules and Administration Committee on the DISCLOSE Act of 2014

Testimony of Bradley A. Smith Chairman, Center for Competitive Politics, Alexandria, Virginia Visiting Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr. Chair of Law, West Virginia University Before the Committee on Rules and Administration United States Senate July 23, 2014 Mr. Chairman and members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to present my view at this […]

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Comments on Advisory Opinion 2013-18: Revolution Messaging, LLC

The comments can be found here. It should be noted that neither exception requires that the inclusion of a disclaimer be impossible. Draft A in particular notes that, for the small items exception, “practicality (or ‘convenience’ in the regulatory vernacular) is the critical factor in determining he exception’s applicability; size is not dispositive.” See Draft […]

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Policy Primer: Campaign Finance Disclosure – The Devil is in the Details

As this Policy Primer on campaign finance disclosure explains, although advocates for greater regulation of political speech claim that there are large amounts of undisclosed money in politics, in fact, all spending that calls for the election or defeat of candidates is already disclosed, as is all spending and all but the smallest donations to […]

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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 […]

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Media Watch: “When Regulators are Mocked”

That was the headline on a recent New York Times editorial.  Another misinformed one.  I sent a letter to the editor trying to correct it.  Here’s the text: Your editorial misled readers about campaign finance law (“When Election Regulators Are Mocked,” page SR10, April 14) and incorrectly implied that Crossroads GPS disobeyed disclosure rules. In […]

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A First Look: The Wyden-Murkowski “Follow the Money Act of 2013”

By David Keating, President and Eric Wang, Senior Fellow Senators Ron Wyden and Lisa Murkowski are at least (somewhat) candid about their motivations when they say “The goal of this effort is disclosure, for disclosure’s sake.” (Backgrounder on Wyden-Murkowski at 1.)  Whether or not they have an ulterior motive of protecting their own incumbency is […]

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In the News: WNYC: Should Corporations be Required to Disclose Political Spending to Shareholders?

CCP Academic Advisor David Primo talked with WNYC’s The Takeaway about the SEC’s proposed rule making opposite Robert Jackson (Columbia University Law School Professor): You can download the segment at this link.

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In the News: NPR: Bill Would Expand Disclosure Of Political Money

CCP’s reaction to Senator Murkowski and Senator Wyden’s disclosure proposal was chronicled in Peter Overby’s article Bill Would Expand Disclosure Of Political Money: The conservative Center for Competitive Politics says disclosure would violate the First Amendment rights of donors to the tax-exempt groups. And at the liberal group Public Citizen, lobbyist Craig Holman praised the […]

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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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