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Wall Street Journal: It’s Shocking How Little Was Spent on the Midterms (In the News)

By JOHN R. LOTT JR. And  BRADLEY A. SMITH Many who express the most outrage about campaign expenditures—liberal interest groups such as Public Citizen, or politicians such as Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi —frequently are cheerleaders for the even faster growth in government spending. If they want less spent on campaigns, then put less at stake: Make government smaller. In […]

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Judge rules Colorado disclosure law unconstitutional

Alexandria, VA – A federal judge late yesterday ruled that Colorado’s campaign disclosure laws violate the First Amendment when applied to small organizations, writing that “any ‘informational interest’ the government has in mandating contribution and expenditure disclosures [is] so minimal as to be nonexistent, and certainly insufficient to justify the burdens compliance imposes on members’ […]

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Constitutional Issues with Rule Proposed by Texas Ethics Commission August 21, 2014

Download letter and draft rule here.   October 8, 2014 Via First Class Mail and Facsimile Ms. Natalia Luna Ashley, Executive Director Texas Ethics Commission P.O. Box 12070 Austin, Texas 78711-2070 Re:       Constitutional Issues with Rule Proposed August 21, 2014 Ms. Ashley and Members of the Commission: I write on behalf of the Center for […]

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Letter to FEC Commissioners on Rulemakings

Download full letter October 7, 2014 Lee E. Goodman, Chairman Ann M. Ravel, Vice Chair Caroline C. Hunter, Commissioner Matthew S. Petersen, Commissioner Steven T. Walther, Commissioner Ellen L. Weintraub, Commissioner Federal Election Commission 999 E Street, NW Washington, DC 20463 Dear Commissioners: We are writing this letter as individuals who, in various capacities but […]

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CPA Set to Release 2014 Index

The Center for Political Accountability (“CPA”), in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania’s Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research, is set to release its fourth annual CPA-Zicklin Index.  This Index purports to analyze and rank the corporate accountability and transparency of corporate political spending – ranking companies on a scale of 0 – 100. Since its inception […]

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Amicus Brief: Public Citizen v. FEC In Support of the Defendant

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Supplemental Letter Brief Concerning Justice, et al. v. Hosemann, et al.

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Wall Street Journal: Political Speech, Limited Time Offer (In the News)

Editorial Floridians Paul Jost and his wife Laura Holmes each want to donate the full $5,200 to candidates but are capped by the $2,600 ceiling because their contributions did not come until after the end of the primary election. Mr. Jost wants to donate $5,200 to Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks against Democratic Rep. David Loebsack in […]

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Testimony of David Keating to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Solutions for Preventing a Future IRS Scandal

Statement of David Keating President, Center for Competitive Politics on “IRS Abuses: Ensuring that Targeting Never Happens Again” Before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform United States House of Representatives July 30, 2014 Mr. Chairman and members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to testify on behalf of the Center for Competitive […]

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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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