A Teachable Moment for @alt_fec

The Twitter handle @alt_fec, which claims the mantle of “resistance” to the present administration, has tweeted to request our views on the First Amendment implications of a letter from a private attorney to a private publisher concerning Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.* While @alt_fec has seldom displayed much concern for the First […]

Filed Under: Blog, @alt_fec, Donald Trump, FEC, federal election commission, Fire and Fury, First Amendment, Libel, New York Times v. Sullivan, Steve Bannon

Comments to FEC on Potential Rulemaking on Internet Communications Disclaimers

PDF of letter available here Via Electronic Filing Att’n: Neven F. Stipanovic Acting Assistant General Counsel Federal Election Commission 999 E Street N.W. Washington, D.C. For the third time in six years, the Federal Election Commission (“FEC” or “Commission”) has requested comments “on whether to begin a rulemaking to revise its regulations concerning disclaimers on […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Comments, Disclosure Federal, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Federal, Federal Comments and Testimony, disclaimers, FEC, federal election commission, Foreign Influence, Internet Speech Regulation

Brookings Institution Panel Says Democracy is in Crisis without (More) Regulation of Political Speech

On Wednesday, the Brookings Institution hosted an event entitled “Democracy at risk: Solving critical problems threatening U.S. elections.” It was billed as a discussion about the “challenges” of the opened “floodgates to Super PAC and secret money in U.S. elections.” Besides the panel, Brookings also distributed a list of specific policy objectives from Democracy 21, […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits Press Release/In the News/Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Issues, Money in Politics, Super PACs, Tax Financed Campaigns Press Release/In the News/Blog, Tax-Financing, Brookings Institution, Buckley v. Valeo, Common Cause, CREW, David Price, Democracy 21, Democracy Vouchers, federal election commission, Fred Wertheimer, Karen Hobert Flynn, McDonnell v. U.S., Norm Eisen, Richard Painter, Seattle, Tom Udall, Udall Amendment

CCP Statement on Russian Purchases of Internet Ads

Alexandria, VA – The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) released the following statement today from former Federal Election Commission and CCP Chairman Bradley A. Smith: “Reports that Russian entities purchased political ads on Facebook have intensified concern about foreign influence in U.S. election campaigns. Senators Mark Warner and Amy Klobuchar are drafting legislation in response. The Federal Election Commission (FEC) unanimously agreed to […]

Filed Under: Blog, Newsroom, Press Releases, Facebook, federal election commission, Foreign Influence, Internet Speech, Russia, Social Media

Democracy = National Security ≠ Need for More Regulation of Political Speech

Last Wednesday, Issue One, a group that advocates for more government regulation of political speech, held an event at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. It was a fitting location for a succinctly titled panel discussion, “Democracy = National Security.” Throughout the hour-long event, a number of former members of Congress and appointed public […]

Filed Under: Blog, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits Federal, Contribution Limits Press Release/In the News/Blog, Issues, Money in Politics, FEC, federal election commission, Issue One, National Security

Former FEC Chair Bob Lenhard Discusses Campaign Finance Law, Foreign Intervention in U.S. Elections

Last Thursday, the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University hosted a discussion with Robert Lenhard, a former FEC commissioner and a partner at the law firm Covington & Burling LLP, where he focuses on election and political law. A Democrat, Lenhard was appointed to the FEC by President George W. Bush in 2006. […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Issues, Money in Politics, Super PACs, Enforcement, FARA, FEC, FECA, Federal Election Campaign Act, federal election commission, Foreign Agents Registration Act, foreign nationals, Robert Lenhard

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

Time for Weintraub to Step Down?

Federal Election Commissioner Ellen Weintraub’s actions in recent months cast serious doubt on whether she can continue to credibly carry on her duties as a Commissioner. She should recognize this predicament and do the honorable thing, which is to resign. Back in February, Commissioner Weintraub created a bit of a stir when she issued a […]

Filed Under: Blog, Don McGahn, ellen weintraub, FEC, federal election commission, Kris Kobach

Members of Congress Renew Proposal to Kill Bipartisan FEC

The bipartisan makeup of the Federal Election Commission is coming under fire yet again. A House bill (H.R. 2034) would effectively disband the FEC and replace the agency with a new, partisan model of campaign finance law enforcement. Perhaps recognizing how unpopular this idea would be if put in plain English, the proposal’s backers couch […]

Filed Under: Blog, Enforcement, IRS and the Tea Party, Issues, Derek Kilmer, FEC, federal election commission, HR 2034, Jim Renacci, Restoring Integrity to America's Elections Act, richard nixon, Watergate, Montana, Wisconsin

Former FEC Commissioner Ravel Admits Her “Dysfunction” Narrative is Unfounded

Ann Ravel, formerly of the FEC, spent her first day after resigning with fellow progressives at the Center for American Progress. During an event on Wednesday, dramatically titled “Departing Dysfunction,” she delivered remarks and then joined a panel discussion on campaign finance law. Ravel spent much of the event repeating arguments she made while at […]

Filed Under: Blog, Ann Ravel, Center for American Progress, Dysfunction, FEC, federal election commission, Gridlock, Larry Noble

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