Archives for November 2007

Center for Competitive Politics Files Comments Supporting ActBlue’s Campaign Finance Innovation

The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) filed comments with the FEC today supporting ActBlue’s Advisory Opinion Request (AOR 2007-27), which focuses on the ability of union and corporate PACs to raise money.

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, External Relations Sub-Pages, Federal, Federal Comments and Testimony, Federal Press Releases and Blogs, Press Releases

Lawmakers contemplate ‘millionaire’s amendment’ for presidential campaigns

The Hill reported this morning that some legislators are considering adding a "millionaire’s amendment" for presidential campaigns.

The Campaign Legal Center suggests that if the version of the "millionaire’s amendment" used in congressional campaigns was adopted for presidential campaigns, then contribution levels could increase from $2,300 to $13,800.

Of course this begs the question, repeatedly asked by CCP: How are increased contribution limits squared with the idea that large contributions ‘corrupt’ politicians – the Constitutional basis for the limitations on contributions?

Another difficult question is raised by the "conciliation agreement" reached between the FEC and Daniel Hynes.

Click the headline for more.

Filed Under: Blog

Vitter’s Cat (not his alleged Cathouse)

According to the quandary known as Schroedinger’s Cat, the cat is neither alive nor dead until it is observed, and when observed is thought to be half-alive and half-dead simultaneously.

In a recent enforcement action we can observe the FEC in quandaries of its own: confusion over the importance of "observer effect" and over the dividing line between public polling and political advertising.  Call the quandary "Vitter’s Cat." 

Click on the headline to understand why the quandary is unnecessary, and how the FEC’s ruling would foul-up a candidate’s internal numbers.

Filed Under: Blog

2007 Study Report: Has Public Funding Improved Maine Elections?

Since first taking effect in the 2000 election, the Maine Clean Election Act (MCEA) has been in operation for four elections. As a stipulation of the MCEA, a report was required on its status after several elections. What resulted is the following report from the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices. This study surveys the overall effect of the MCEA by taking into account election data from the 2000-2006 elections, and applying it to the stated goals of the program. Accordingly, the report provides a detailed analysis of the MCEA’s various successes and failures in achieving its goals. A main analytical focus is on spending at all levels, which is calculated and explained through numerous tables and figures. The 2007 report concludes by highlighting the primary issues with the MCEA and offers recommendations to the Maine legislature, which they believe will solve these various problems.

Filed Under: Research, Tax Financed Campaigns Research, Tax-Financing, Taxpayer Financed Campaigns, Taxpayer Financed Campaigns, Maine

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