Litigation Blog/Press Releases

Court Should Dismiss FEC’s “Unlawful” Complaint Against John Swallow

CCP brief: The regulation Swallow is alleged to have violated is unconstitutional Alexandria, VA –  Attorneys at the Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) and a former Federal Election Commission (FEC) chairman late yesterday asked a federal judge to dismiss the FEC’s case against John Swallow. The filing said Swallow broke no law and that the regulation […]

Filed Under: Blog, fec v. swallow, Press Releases

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The Courts The Hill: Trump unveils seventh wave of nominees to fill judicial vacancies By Lydia Wheeler President Trump on Thursday announced his seventh wave of judicial nominees as he works to fill more than 100 vacancies on courts across the U.S. Among the batch of 16 nominees, Trump selected his own deputy assistant and […]

Filed Under: Daily Media Links, fec v. swallow

Court Strikes Down Attempt to Allow Taxpayer-Funded Campaigns

Alexandria, VA –  A Sacramento County Superior Court judge struck down a law passed late last year to allow state and some local governments to enact taxpayer financing of political campaigns.  The Court ruled the Legislature’s attempt to bypass a vote of the people on such legislation violated the California Constitution and the 1974 Political […]

Filed Under: Blog, hjta v Brown, Newsroom, Press Releases, Tax Financed Campaigns Press Release/In the News/Blog, Tax-Financing, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, Political Reform Act of 1974, Proposition 73, Quentin Kopp, California

Alt-Twitter and the Battle for Anonymous Political Speech

On April 6th, the Department of Homeland Security took the unusual – and likely illegal and unconstitutional – step of attempting to “unmask” the user of a pseudonymous Twitter account. The account, @ALT_uscis, was one of a collection that had sprung up over the past few months to protest the Trump administration’s handling of various […]

Filed Under: Blog, Coalition for Secular Government v. Gessler Other Links, CSG v. Gessler, Delaware Strong Families v. Biden Other Links, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Independence Institute v. FEC Other Links, Independence Institute v. Gessler Other Links, @ALT_uscis, anonymous internet speech, Department of Homeland Security, DHS, Harassment, Privacy, Rick Hasen, Twitter, Colorado, Delaware

Colorado closes free speech case, changes law, pays $220K in attorney’s fees

Alexandria, VA – Attorneys for Colorado and the Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) filed a notice in federal court today ending a free speech case that began more than four years ago. It’s the final chapter in a federal lawsuit that saw Colorado’s ballot issue disclosure law partially invalidated under the First Amendment, and forced […]

Filed Under: Blog, Coalition for Secular Government v. Gessler Other Links, CSG v. Gessler, In the News Our Cases, Newsroom, Press Releases, CSG v. Williams, Current Cases (Litigation), Colorado

Courthouse News Service: Taxpayer Group Fights California Political Reform (In the News)

By Nick Cahill
Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 1107 on Sept. 9, eliminating a longstanding, voter-approved ban on public financing of local campaigns. While the bill breezed through the Legislature, its critics have not quieted down.
The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and a former judge sued the governor on Monday, claiming that changes to the Political Reform Act require voter approval…
“We think this is a pretty clear violation of the [state] constitution,” said Anthony Caso, plaintiffs’ attorney. “Any actions taken to enforce this are going to be an illegal expenditure of taxpayer money.”
Political law attorney Chuck Bell and Allen Dickerson with the Center for Competitive Politics also represent the plaintiffs.
he taxpayer association and Quentin Kopp, a former state senator and retired San Mateo County Superior Court judge, request an injunction to stop the amendments from taking effect on Jan. 1. They want SB 1107 ruled invalid and sent to voters on a statewide ballot.

Filed Under: Allen Dickerson, hjta v Brown, In the News, In the News Our Cases

Heritage Foundation Event Highlights Donor Privacy, CCP Cases

Attacks on donor privacy are increasingly seen as one of the foremost threats to free speech in America, if a Thursday event at the Heritage Foundation is any indication. The conservative think tank brought in four speakers to address assaults on the First Amendment ranging from infringements on religious liberty to university speech codes to […]

Filed Under: Blog, CCP v. Harris Other Links, Delaware Strong Families v. Biden Other Links, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, IRS and the Tea Party, Issues, Bradley A. Smith, Cleta Mitchell, Don McGahn, Donor Privacy, Hans A. von Spakovsky, Robert Alt, The Heritage Foundation, U.S. Supreme Court, CCP v. Harris, Delaware Strong Families v. Biden, California, Delaware, Montana, Wisconsin

Orange County Register: Sacramento politicians eye illegally avoiding voters (In the News)

David Keating
Simply put, this legislative effort is a brazen attempt to flout the law and the will of the people who voted to ban subsidies for politicians. How can a bill “further [the] purpose” of the law banning tax-funded campaigns by allowing for tax-financed campaigns? The answer is: It can’t…
Were California legislators to take a timeout from rewriting California law by pretending it does not exist, they might learn a lesson from their neighbors to the east in Arizona. That state has had tax-financed campaigns since 2000. The result? An even more ideologically polarized legislature – because more mainstream candidates often find that candidates from the fringes have more resources than they otherwise would.
Most people think California’s legislature is already too polarized. Spending tax dollars to possibly get more polarization is a risky bet.
SB1107 seeks to “fix” a law that bans tax-funded campaigns by enabling tax-funded campaigns. It’s another power play from the Legislature.

Filed Under: David Keating, hjta v Brown, In the News, Published Articles

Utah Agrees to Pay $125,000 in Free Speech Lawsuit

State of Utah previously conceded First Amendment violation Alexandria, VA – The state of Utah today told a federal court it would pay $125,000 in attorney’s fees in a constitutional challenge to its campaign finance laws. If the court approves the fees, as expected, it would mark the final step in a lawsuit filed on […]

Filed Under: Blog, Press Releases, Utah Taxpayers Association v. Cox, Utah Taxpayers Association v. Cox, Utah

SCOTUS Blog: Court to hear major new controversies — next Term (In the News)

Lyle Denniston Again without an explanation, the Court refused to hear a Delaware group’s challenge to a new state law requiring the public disclosure of information about people who gave money to an organization that sought to put out a guide for voters.  In Delaware Strong Families v. Denn, Justice Thomas wrote a dissenting opinion […]

Filed Under: Current Case, Delaware Strong Families v. Biden Other Links, In the News, In the News Our Cases, Litigation Blog/Press Releases, Newsroom

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