In Trump’s America, Common Cause Cares about the First Amendment

Common Cause, a group that actively pushes for broader campaign finance disclosure laws, recently sued President Trump’s Election Integrity Commission in federal court in an attempt to block the Commission’s efforts to obtain voter data from the states. The legal complaint notes that the Commission issued “a sweeping request for [Americans’] voting and other personal […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Common Cause, Donald Trump, Harassment, Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, Privacy, Trump

CCP Asks Supreme Court to Refute “Welcome Restraint” Speech Doctrine in Trump “Travel Ban” Case

The lower court’s ruling was unnecessary and will chill vital campaign speech, argues brief Alexandria, VA – The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) and the Public Policy Legal Institute (PPLI) today filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of neither party in Int’l Refugee Assistance Project, et al. v. Trump, et al., commonly known as the […]

Filed Under: Blog, Newsroom, Press Releases, Donald Trump, International Refugee Assistance Project v. Trump, IRAP v. Trump, Public Policy Legal Institute, Supreme Court, Travel Ban

Free Speech Dilemma Caused by Ruling on President Trump’s “Travel Ban”

CCP and PPLI file amicus brief asking Supreme Court to review Fourth Circuit reasoning Alexandria, VA – May courts impose a “welcome restraint” on campaign speech protected by the First Amendment? The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) and the Public Policy Legal Institute (PPLI) are asking the Supreme Court to review a Fourth Circuit ruling […]

Filed Under: Blog, Newsroom, Press Releases, Donald Trump, International Refugee Assistance Project v. Trump, IRAP v. Trump, New York Times v. Sullivan, Public Policy Legal Institute, Travel Ban

Citizen Sleuth or Citizen Snoop? The Dangers of Disclosure in the Internet Age

At its core, the debate about political disclosure is actually pretty simple. The information provided about donors to the government has the benefit of allowing citizens to keep track of the flow of money to candidates, and through that information, corruption may be exposed. The cost of disclosure is that the personal information (names, home […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure Federal, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Citizen Sleuth, Donald Trump, Harassment, HuffPost, Privacy, Trump Inauguration

Neil Gorsuch, and the Supreme Court’s Role on Money in Politics

Democrats in Congress have signaled their intention to make campaign finance a major theme of the Gorsuch hearings this week. No doubt with that in mind, the anti-speech group Demos has rushed out a document criticizing past U.S. Supreme Court decisions that, they claim, have “benefited a small class of wealthy, white conservative men.” The […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Communications, Issues, Money in Politics, Buckley v. Valeo, campaign finance, Davis v. FEC, Demos, Donald Trump, Gorsuch, McCutcheon, Neil Gorsuch, PACs, Sierra Club, Supreme Court

Gallup Poll Shows Less Than 0.5% of Americans Think Campaign Finance “Reform” is Top Problem Facing the Country

Supporters of greater campaign finance regulation often claim that their issue is of paramount importance to voters. Their evidence is often biased polling. For example, a 2016 Ipsos poll commissioned by Issue One asks respondents to rank the importance of overly broad issue categories like “the economy” and “the military” alongside “reducing the influence of […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Issues, Money in Politics, Donald Trump, Gallup, Issue One, polling

Cato Panel Discusses Free Speech, Media, and Trump

On Friday, the Cato Institute hosted a panel event entitled, “Will President Trump Threaten Free Speech?” The panel consisted of Francis Buckley, a professor at George Mason University’s Scalia School of Law and New York Post columnist; Robert Corn-Revere, a partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, who specializes in First Amendment law; and Flemming Rose, […]

Filed Under: Blog, "Fake News", Cato Institute, Donald Trump, Flemming Rose, Francis Buckley, John Samples, Neil Gorsuch, Robert Corn-Revere

CCP Applauds Nomination of Judge Gorsuch for Supreme Court

Alexandria, VA – The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP), America’s largest nonprofit defending First Amendment political speech rights, applauds President Trump’s selection of Tenth Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch as a nominee for the Supreme Court. “Judge Gorsuch’s opinions show an understanding that the role of a judge is not to enact his own preferences, but neither is […]

Filed Under: Blog, Press Releases, Donald Trump, Gorsuch, Neil Gorsuch, Supreme Court, Trump21

Trump Down to Three on Supreme Court…Where Do They Stand on Free Speech?

Alexandria, VA – The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP), America’s largest nonprofit defending First Amendment political speech rights, has published detailed analyses on the three leading picks to be the next Supreme Court justice, as reported Tuesday by Politico. To read CCP’s analyses on the potential nominees’ records on free speech rights, click below: Tenth […]

Filed Under: Blog, Press Releases, Donald Trump, Gorsuch, Hardiman, Pryor, Supreme Court, Trump21

Were efforts to sway Electoral College illegal under FECA? Could be.

The six weeks since the presidential election have seen a new phenomenon: liberals, progressives, and Democrats, and a handful of anti-Trump Republicans engaged in a series of wild efforts to convince Republican members of the Electoral College not to vote for Donald Trump, as pledged. There have been death threats, lesser threats, harassment, and sincere […]

Filed Under: Blog, Carolyn Hunter, Donald Trump, Electoral College, FEC, FECA, Hamilton electors, Hillary Clinton, john podesta, Lawrence Lessig, Lee Goodman, Matthew Petersen, Moral Electors, Unite for America

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