State Press Releases and Blogs

California Bill Mandating Nonprofit Disclosure Would Chill Speech

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Center for Competitive Politics’ External Relations Director Matt Nese filed comments this week on California Assembly Bill 45, currently being considered by the Assembly Elections and Redistricting Committee. The bill, which introduces a new reporting regime for donors who contribute $250 or more to newly defined “multipurpose organizations,” is really, according to Nese, “another disclosure Trojan Horse that […]

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CCP Submits Comments on Montana Bill that Directly Violates Citizens United Decision

CCP Submits Comments on Montana Bill that Directly Violates Citizens United Decision ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Center for Competitive Politics’ Legal Director Allen Dickerson submitted comments today to the Montana House Judiciary Committee concerning Senate Bill 320, which blatantly contradicts the Supreme Court’s decisions in Citizens United v. FEC and American Tradition Partnership v. Bullock by prohibiting corporations from making independent expenditures or […]

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CCP Submits Comments on California Senate Bill that would Silence Corporate Speech

CCP Submits Comments on California Senate Bill that would Silence Corporate Speech ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Center for Competitive Politics’ External Relations Director Matt Nese submitted comments today to the California Senate Banking and Financial Institutions Committee concerning Senate Bill 121, which would require both California corporations and foreign corporations doing business in the state to notify all of their shareholders 24 hours prior to […]

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Nevada Bill Would Burden Nonprofit Groups’ Political Speech Rights

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Center for Competitive Politics’ External Relations Director Matt Nese submitted comments today to the Nevada Senate Legislative Operations and Elections Committee concerning Senate Bill 246, which expands the state’s definition of “committee for political action” to include any organization making an expenditure of $5,000, regardless of the nature and extent of its other activities. “Senate […]

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CCP Urges Maryland Senate Committee to Reconsider Disclosure Provisions in Campaign Finance Reform Bill

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Center for Competitive Politics’ External Relations Director Matt Nese submitted comments today to the Maryland Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee on Senate Bill 1039, which makes several welcome revisions to existing campaign finance law in the state, but contains several provisions of significant constitutional concern to the Center. According to Nese, “in its current form, S.B. […]

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Plan for State to Police Speech Could be Costly, Unconstitutional

Plan for State to Police Speech Could be Costly, Unconstitutional ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Matt Nese, CCP’s Director of External Relations, in comments to Montana’s Senate Judiciary Committee on H.B. 129, warned that the proposal “would set a dangerous precedent allowing the government itself to define the truth or falsity of campaign speech.” The legislation seeks to amend the state’s law […]

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Special Interests Trump Connecticut’s Tax-Funded Campaign Program

CONTACT: Sarah Lee, Communications Director, 770.598.7961 http://ifs.org/2012/10/25/the-failure-of-citizens-elections/ Special Interests Trump Connecticut’s Tax-Funded Campaign Program  The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) today released a study on Connecticut’s tax-funded election program that found the law had no measurable impact on legislative voting behavior. “Supporters of tax-funded elections claimed it would cut special interest influence, and there’s no evidence […]

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CCP Allison Hayward Op-Ed in NY Post

CCP VP for Policy Allison Hayward wrote an op-ed that appeared in last night’s edition of the New York Post. The piece addresses the controversy surrounding New York Comptroller John Liu and the recent arrests for corruption of his office staff. Specifically, Hayward takes issue with public funding for campaigns and how they are crucial in […]

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Indiana Phone Lines Remain Open

Contact: Sarah Lee, Communications Director

The Center for Competitive Politics

770.598.7961

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The Center for Competitive Politics spent a year in Indiana litigating a case on behalf of a non-profit group called Patriotic Veterans, Inc., an organization interested in securing their right to make political robocalls in the interest of free speech. In September of this year, a federal court issued an injunction preventing enforcement of a state law that bans prerecorded political telephone calls. This week, U.S. Judge William Lawrence in Indianapolis denied the state’s request for a stay of its order during the appeal – that is, it denies the state’s request that it be allowed to ignore the district court judge’s decision and keep enforcing the law during the duration of its appeal – keeping phone lines open for political campaigns at least through the New Year.

 

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CCP Presents Testimony at the Request of Colorado Secretary of State

CONTACT: Sarah Lee, Communications Director, CCP, 770.598.7961

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Testifying before a rulemaking hearing for the Colorado Secretary of State yesterday, Center for Competitive Politics Legal Director Allen Dickerson stated that Secretary of State Scott Gessler and his staff should be applauded for making it clear that independent expenditure committees are not subject to contribution limits, something the rulemaking is attempting to address.

Said Dickerson, “this is settled constitutional law. SpeechNow.org v. FEC made this clear at the federal level. And while a D.C. Circuit opinion, it has been widely followed, and a challenge to limits in the 10th Circuit would very likely be successful. This office should be applauded for not drawing senseless and expensive litigation that would put Colorado on the wrong side of citizens’ rights of speech and association.”

 

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