Federal Press Releases and Blogs

When Gridlock is Good

In recent months, a handful of members on both sides of the aisle in the House of Representatives have proposed legislation to change the structure of the Federal Election Commission (FEC) under the guise of reform. On August 1, Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly announced companion legislation in the Senate that would revamp the FEC, which […]

Filed Under: Blog, Federal, Federal Press Releases and Blogs, Enforcement, FEC, federal election commission, Joe Donnelly

Trust No One – Except Politicians?

Here’s a strange bit of advice I bet you haven’t heard before: trust politicians, but be wary of everyone else. It’s strange advice because it’s such bad advice. Politicians lie. Everyone knows politicians lie. They distort their positions to better match public opinion. They exploit political ignorance to fuel outrage at their opponents. They dodge […]

Filed Under: Amending Press Release/In the News/Blog, Amending the Constitution, Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Federal Press Releases and Blogs, Issues, Super PACs, Claire McCaskill, congress, independent speech, Negative ads, Tom Udall, Udall Amendment, Missouri

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

Video Roundup: IRS Abuses: Ensuring that Targeting Never Happens Again (Video)

On July 30th, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing titled, “IRS Abuses: Ensuring that Targeting Never Happens Again.” The hearing, which looked into ways reforms could help prevent future IRS targeting of people and organizations based on their political beliefs, features Center for Competitive Politics President David Keating, super-lawyer Cleta […]

Filed Under: Blog, Federal, Federal Press Releases and Blogs, IRS, IRS and the Tea Party

Proposed IRS Nonprofit Rules Violate Paperwork Reduction Act

Estimated burden is “wildly off the mark” For Release: January 24, 2013  Contact: Joe Trotter  Phone: 210-352-0055 (Cell) Alexandria, Va. – Proposed IRS rules on social welfare groups violate the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) because the estimated recordkeeping burden “is excessively low and wildly off the mark,” according to comments filed by the Center for Competitive Politics […]

Filed Under: Blog, Communications, External Relations Press Releases, External Relations Sub-Pages, Federal, Federal Press Releases and Blogs, IRS, IRS and the Tea Party, Newsroom, Press Releases

Group Offers Alternative for New IRS Rules on Non-Profits’ Political Activities

Proposed IRS rules have significant flaws, say First Amendment experts For Release: December 5, 2013  Contact: Joe Trotter  Phone: 210-352-0055 (Cell) Alexandria, Va. — The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) today submitted comments to the Internal Revenue Service on the agency’s proposed rules governing the political activity of social welfare groups.  The group also proposed an alternative draft rule that […]

Filed Under: External Relations Press Releases, Federal, Federal Press Releases and Blogs, IRS and the Tea Party, Issues, Press Releases

In the News: Huffington Post Live: “What’s Wrong With The FEC?”

Center for Competitive Politics Chairman Brad Smith participated in a Huffington Post Live segment, “What’s Wrong With The FEC?”: The FEC has been under attack as a “lame duck” agency due to deadlock on a variety of issues.  Although the deadlock frustrates pro-regulation reform efforts, it is an essential safeguard built into the Commission’s structure to […]

Filed Under: Broadcast, Video, Audio, Federal, Federal Press Releases and Blogs, In the News, Quotes CCP

Are shareholders demanding more corporate disclosure? Proxy results continue to say “No.”

As campaign finance activists and Democratic Party shills continue to urge the SEC to involve itself in campaign finance – in this case by requiring corporations to disclose publicly their trade association dues, contributions to 501(c) organizations, and all other expenditures that might at some point end up supporting the corporation’s political interests, one argument […]

Filed Under: Blog, Corporate Governance, Corporate Governance Federal, Corporate Governance Press Release/In the News/Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Featured Content, Federal, Federal Press Releases and Blogs, Chubb, corporate disclosure, EMC Corp., General Dynamics, IBM, Manhattan Institute, SEC, Valero Energy

Wyden-Murkowski Bill: Vague, Over Broad, Speech Chilling

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) today released an analysis of the “Follow the Money Act of 2013” that was announced this week by Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). The report says the bill would “radically expand the reach of government regulation on speech critical of elected officials and force […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, External Relations Press Releases, Featured Content, Federal, Federal Press Releases and Blogs, Press Releases

CCP Asks FEC to Reconsider Enforcement Regime

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Center for Competitive Politics submitted comments [today,Friday] to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) in response to Notice 2013-01, Request for Comment on Enforcement Process. In the letter detailing the comments, CCP Legal Director Allen Dickerson outlines several steps CCP believes the Commission should take in carrying out its duty to enforce […]

Filed Under: Blog, Federal Press Releases and Blogs, Press Releases

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