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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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Omnibus and Tax Extenders Bills Contain Seven Provisions Safeguarding Free Speech

On December 16, 2015, Democrats and Republicans in Congress struck a deal on omnibus spending and Tax Extenders legislation. Lawmakers should be lauded for including seven provisions in these bills that protect or enhance First Amendment free speech and free association rights, including the constitutionally-protected right of private giving to advocate for social change. Specifically, […]

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In the News: PBS News Hour: SEC Considering New Rule for Political Contributions by Public Companies

Watch SEC Considering New Rule for Political Contributions on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour.   Read full interview …PAUL ATKINS: Well, Ray, what this comes down to, first of all, is, as far as the SEC goes, is whether or not the information is material. And that’s what guides the — from the Supreme […]

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Are shareholders demanding more corporate disclosure? Proxy results continue to say “No.”

As campaign finance activists and Democratic Party shills continue to urge the SEC to involve itself in campaign finance – in this case by requiring corporations to disclose publicly their trade association dues, contributions to 501(c) organizations, and all other expenditures that might at some point end up supporting the corporation’s political interests, one argument […]

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In the News: Wall Street Journal: The Corporate Lobbying Proxy War

An editorial in the WSJ: It’s corporate proxy season, which can only mean more political pressure on companies to stop spending money on politics. This year the plan of Big Labor and the George Soros-funded Center for Political Accountability is pressuring business to disclose all spending related to politics as well as to lobby the […]

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In the News: WNYC: Should Corporations be Required to Disclose Political Spending to Shareholders?

CCP Academic Advisor David Primo talked with WNYC’s The Takeaway about the SEC’s proposed rule making opposite Robert Jackson (Columbia University Law School Professor): You can download the segment at this link.

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In the News: NY Times: S.E.C. Gets Plea: Force Companies to Disclose Donations

Nicholas Confessore has an interesting article in the NY Times about the recent push to use SEC regulation to force companies to further disclose their political activities: …Representative Scott Garrett, a New Jersey Republican who is chairman of the House subcommittee that oversees the S.E.C., said he had moved to co-sponsor the new legislation after […]

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SEC Rulemaking Should Not be a Popularity Contest

Today, two Ivy League law professors touted the groundswell of support for an SEC petition that would require corporations to disclose otherwise-immaterial political spending – including contributions and dues to industry associations that could, hypothetically, in turn engage in political advocacy. Specifically, the professors note that more than 250,000 comments have been submitted to the […]

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Activist Investing In Post-Citizens United America

In the wake of last year’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. FEC, the scope of political speech protected under the First Amendment has substantially expanded. Whereas corporations and unions were previously prohibited from directly advocating for and against political candidates by spending funds from their general treasury, the Supreme Court has now recognized that those viewpoints are important components of the national debate by which we Americans govern ourselves, and that the First Amendment does not permit the government to suppress or stifle those voices.

But this decision has been controversial. Many object to the Citizens United decision because of a general view that money spent in the political process is somehow inherently corrupting or distorting. Others – especially those from within the environmental and labor movements – see for-profit corporations as their political enemy, and seek partisan or ideological advantage by squelching corporate political speech while their own speech remains unencumbered.

 

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