Federal

Comments to FEC regarding Revising Rules on Online Disclaimers to Adapt to New or Emerging Technologies

Via Electronic Filing Attn: Neven F. Stipanovic Acting Assistant General Counsel Federal Election Commission 999 E Street N.W. Washington, D.C. 20463 On October 18, the Commission announced its intention to make “revisions to [its] rules” regarding online disclaimers “in order to adapt to new or emerging technologies.”[1] In response to that Notice, the Center for […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Federal, Federal Comments and Testimony, Issues, disclaimers, FEC, Federal Election Commision, technology

Comments to FEC Commissioner Ravel on Proposal to Rescind AO 2006-15 (TransCanada) (FEC Agenda Document No. 16-32-A)

VIA ELECTRONIC MAIL Federal Election Commission 999 E Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20463 RE: Commissioner Ravel’s Proposal to Rescind AO 2006-15 (TransCanada) (FEC Agenda Document No. 16-32-A) Dear Chairman, Vice Chairman, and Commissioners: The Center for Competitive Politics (“the Center”),[1] respectfully submits comments in response to Commissioner Ravel’s Proposal to Rescind Advisory Opinion (“AO”) 2006-15 […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Federal, Federal Comments and Testimony, Issues, Advisory Opinion 2016-15, Ann Ravel, Federal Election Commision, TransCanada

Statement of Chairman Bradley A. Smith and President David Keating on FEC Commissioner Weintraub’s “Corporate Political Spending and Foreign Influence” Forum

PDF of the statement available here Today, Commissioner Ellen Weintraub has taken the unprecedented step of using her office to organize what is in essence a private forum, to be held at the Federal Election Commission (FEC). Titled “Corporate Political Spending and Foreign Influence,” the release announcing the event states that it “brings together some […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Federal, Federal Comments and Testimony, Money in Politics, Super PACs, Bank Secrecy Act, corporations, ellen weintraub, federal election commission, foreign nationals, Labor Unions

Letter in Support of H.R. 5053 (“Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act”)

PDF of the letter available here Dear Representative: The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP)[1] writes in support of H.R. 5053, the “Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act,” sponsored by Representative Peter Roskam (R-IL). This sensible and much-needed measure would end the statutory requirement that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) collect sensitive information on […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Federal Comments and Testimony, IRS and the Tea Party, Form 990, Schedule B

Comments to Representative Peter Roskam Rebutting Unfounded Arguments about H.R. 5053 (“Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act”)

PDF of the letter available here The Honorable Peter Roskam Dear Representative Roskam: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics,[1] thank you for your introducing H.R. 5053, the “Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act,” which would eliminate the IRS requirement that tax-exempt organizations must file their Form 990, Schedule B – listing […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Federal Comments and Testimony, IRS and the Tea Party, Bank Secrecy Act, Form 990, Schedule B

Comments to the SEC on MSRB and FINRA Pay-to-Play Rules, File No. SR-MSRB-2015-14, File No. SR-FINRA-2015-056

Via Electronic Submission Mr. Brent Fields Secretary Securities and Exchange Commission 100 F Street, NE Washington, DC 20549-1090 Re:      MSRB and FINRA Pay-to-Play Rules, File No. SR-MSRB-2015-14, File No. SR-FINRA-2015-056 To the Chairman and Commissioners: This letter is submitted on behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics (“CCP”), a § 501(c)(3) organization founded to educate […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Federal, Federal Comments and Testimony, FINRA, MAP, MSRB, pay-to-play, SEC

Omnibus and Tax Extenders Bills Contain Seven Provisions Safeguarding Free Speech

On December 16, 2015, Democrats and Republicans in Congress struck a deal on omnibus spending and Tax Extenders legislation. Lawmakers should be lauded for including seven provisions in these bills that protect or enhance First Amendment free speech and free association rights, including the constitutionally-protected right of private giving to advocate for social change. Specifically, […]

Filed Under: Blog, Corporate Governance Federal, Corporate Governance Handouts, Federal, Federal Press Releases and Blogs, IRS, IRS and the Tea Party, Executive order, Gift Tax, Omnibus, SEC, Tax Extenders

Comments to IRS on NPRM, REG-138344-13 (Nonprofit Donor SSN Reporting)

Via Federal eRulemaking Portal The Hon. John A. Koskinen Commissioner of Internal Revenue CC:PA:LPD:PR (REG-138344-13) Room 5203 Internal Revenue Service P.O. Box 7604, Ben Franklin Station Washington, DC 20044 RE:      Comments on IRS NPRM, REG-138344-13 Dear Commissioner Koskinen: The Center for Competitive Politics (“CCP”) submits these comments in response to the above-referenced Notice of Proposed […]

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Coalition Letter in Support of “Fair Treatment for All Gifts Act” (H.R. 1104) in Tax Extenders Legislation

PDF of the House letter available here. | PDF of the Senate letter available here. Dear Member of Congress: The undersigned civil liberties, free expression, and nonprofit advocacy groups and attorneys who represent advocacy organizations have a wide variety of views on the political spectrum. However, we are united in writing to express our strong […]

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An Open Letter to Conservatives: Why Party Coordinated Limits Should Be Repealed

There has been some controversy on a measure that would essentially lift the limits on parties coordinating with their candidates in general election campaigns. The provision was adopted by the Senate Committee on Appropriations in July as part of the Financial Services appropriations bill. This provision may become part of the omnibus appropriations bill. Below […]

Filed Under: Blog, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits Comments, Contribution Limits Federal, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Federal, Federal Comments and Testimony, Darryl R. Wold, David Mason, Hans von Spakovsky, James Bopp Jr., Lee Ann Elliott, Michael E. Toner, Omnibus

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