Why Donor Privacy Matters for Free Speech

Since our nation’s founding, the right of every American to freely support the causes they believe in has been paramount. Unfortunately, this right is increasingly threatened by way of excessive government reporting requirements that silence many individuals and groups. Throughout our country’s history, privacy has been a necessary component for many Americans to feel comfortable […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Buckley v. Valeo, Donor Privacy, free speech, Harassment, Junk Disclosure, NAACP v. Alabama, Privacy

2017 DISCLOSE Act Would Unconstitutionally Restrict Speech, CCP Analysis Finds

Alexandria, VA – The Center for Competitive Politics released an analysis today by Senior Fellow Eric Wang regarding the latest iteration of the DISCLOSE Act. Similar proposals have been introduced in Congress dating back to 2010 with the aim of creating a “deterrent effect” on political speech. The “DISCLOSE Act of 2017” (S. 1585) may […]

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Analysis of the “DISCLOSE Act of 2017” (S. 1585): New Bill, Same Plan to Crack Down on Speech

PDF of Legislative Brief available here By Eric Wang, Senior Fellow[1] Introduction and Executive Summary Ever since the Supreme Court issued its Citizens United ruling in 2010,[2] opponents of the decision in Congress have been trying to counteract it with the “DISCLOSE Act” (“Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections Act”). Sen. […]

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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

Uproar in New Jersey after Congressman Names and Shames a Critic

A troubling story came to light this week out of New Jersey, where a bank employee resigned her position in part due to pressure over her political advocacy. House Appropriations Committee Chair Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) had sent a fundraising letter to the board member of a bank with a handwritten note singling out an employee, […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Harassment, Privacy, Rodney Frelinghuysen, New Jersey

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

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 […]

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Significant Constitutional and Practical Issues with Washington House Bill 1807

The Honorable Mark Miloscia The Honorable Hans Zeiger The Honorable Sam Hunt Re:  Significant Constitutional and Practical Issues with House Bill 1807 Dear Chair Miloscia, Vice Chair Zeiger, Ranking Minority Member Hunt, and Members of the Senate State Government Committee: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics, I am writing you today to respectfully […]

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Significant Constitutional and Practical Issues with Washington Senate Bill 5219

The Honorable Mark Miloscia The Honorable Hans Zeiger The Honorable Sam Hunt Re:  Significant Constitutional and Practical Issues with Senate Bill 5219 Dear Chair Miloscia, Vice Chair Zeiger, Ranking Minority Member Hunt, and members of the Senate State Government Committee: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics, I am writing you today to respectfully […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Disclosure, Disclosure Comments, Disclosure State, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State, State Comments and Testimony, Buckley v. Valeo, Harassment, Human Life of Washington v. Brumsickle, Junk Disclosure, Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life v. Swanson, NAACP v. Alabama, New Mexico Youth Organized v. Herrera, Washington

Enabling the Harassment of Donors for Their Beliefs is Not Free Speech

A consistent refrain from defenders of free speech is that the remedy for speech you dislike is more speech, not less. This logic was turned on its head in an article in Barron’s recently. The author, Thomas G. Donlan, spends most of the article highlighting very effectively the “tangled web” of campaign finance laws and […]

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