Campaign Finance Red Tape: Strangling Free Speech & Political Debate

Raymond J

Twenty-four states provide citizens the ability to make laws directly through ballot measures. However, these states also strictly restrict the First Amendment rights of citizens to speak out about these ballot measures. As such, various disclosure requirements result in complex registration and reporting requirements that are difficult for even the most highly educated citizens to decipher. In an effort to prove this, the author used an innovative experiment, where a sample of 255 citizens was asked to complete actual disclosure forms. Unsurprisingly, not one person completed the forms correctly. Using these findings, the author argues that these disclosure laws are both unnecessary and an obstacle to the free speech guaranteed to all.

Filed Under: Disclosure, Disclosure, Expenditure, First Amendment, Independent Speech, Issue Advocacy, Research, campaign contributions, Contribution, Contribution Limits, Disclosure, Expenditure, Contributions & Limits, Disclosure, Expenditure, California, Colorado, Missouri

Overview of New York Proposal to Regulate Campaign Finance

The following is a CCP analysis of the effort in New York to overhaul their campaign finance regulations.

Filed Under: Uncategorized, campaign contributions, Contribution, lobbying, lobbyist, Contribution Limits, Enforcement, Lobbying, Contributions & Limits, Enforcement, Lobbying, New York

Comments of CCP Vice President Steve Hoersting on Hybrid Communications

Written comments  of CCP Vice President Steve Hoersting on a June 8, 2007 message to the Federal Election Commission on the topic of hybrid communications.

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, External Relations Sub-Pages, Federal, Federal Comments and Testimony, Uncategorized, campaign contributions, Contribution, Political Parties, Comments and Testimony

Comments on Alternative Draft AO 2006-30 (ActBlue)

CCP comments on Alternative Draft Advisory Opinion 2006-30 (ActBlue). Associate Director Paul Sherman recommends that the Commission adopt this alternative draft and explains some of the previous draft’s shortcomings.

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, External Relations Sub-Pages, Federal, Federal Comments and Testimony, Uncategorized, campaign contributions, Contribution, Comments and Testimony

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