Congratulations Allison!

Allison Hayward, formerly Vice President for Policy at CCP, has been appointed to a four-year term on California’s Fair Political Practices Commission by State Controller Betty Yee. Allison’s extensive background – as a professor (little known fact: her academic writing was cited in the majority opinion in Citizens United v. FEC, as was an amicus […]

Filed Under: Blog, Allison Hayward, Betty Yee, Bradley Smith, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, FPPC, California

Corporate political activity: Persuasion, coercion and that pesky First Amendment

Richard Hasen has a thoughtful op-ed up at Reuters, commenting on the apparent disconnect between liberals who appear to hate corporate participation in politics (“Citizens United is terrible”) and liberals who like corporate participation in politics (“hey, isn’t it great that corporate America has persuaded Republican governors in Arkansas, Indiana, and now Georgia to veto […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Corporate Personhood, Move to Amend, Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Richard Hasen

We give Fact Checker one-half Pinocchio: Super PACs and our complex campaign finance system

Back when I was serving as Chairman of the Federal Election Commission, I met with a delegation of officials from China. Since they spoke little English, we conversed through an interpreter. They were full of questions about campaign finance in the U.S., and soon I was trying to explain our incredibly regulated, complex system. There […]

Filed Under: Amending the Constitution, Blog, Communications, Contribution Limits, Media Resources, Media Watch, Super PACs, Bernie Sanders, Charles Idelson, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Fact Checker, First Amendment, Michelle Ye Hee Lee, National Nurses United for Patient Protection, super PACs, The Washington Post Fact Checker

New York Times Predicts Quick End to Supreme Court (and Once Again Misstates Campaign Finance Law)

The New York Times, in the style that pretty much typifies all of the Times’ editorials on campaign finance, today (mis)informs us that the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission was “fatally misguided.” Fatally? Well, the case is over 5 years old, and no member of the majority has died yet, nor has […]

Filed Under: Blog, campaign finance reform, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Dark Money, New York Times

Fred Wertheimer Opposes Disclosure of Campaign Contributions

Surprised to find the denizen of the campaign finance regulatory community coming out against disclosure of all campaign contributions? So were we. But what else can one make of Wertheimer’s column this week in The Puffington Host, in which he writes: In the constitutional system envisioned by our founders 225 years ago, individuals get one […]

Filed Under: Blog, Buckley v. Valeo, campaign finance reform, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Fred Wertheimer, McCain-Feingold

Calling Campaign Legal Center: Incorruptible Oregon refuses to get with the program

A couple weeks ago, the Campaign Legal Center’s lobbyist, Meredith McGehee, took the pages of The Hill to excoriate Virginia for not passing more campaign finance restrictions. Because Virginia has “few restrictions on money in campaigns,” the ethics and bribery trial of former Governor Bob McDonnell, she assured her readers, was pretty much a foregone conclusion. […]

Filed Under: Blog, Contribution Limits, Campaign Legal Center, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, City University Hong Kong, Contribution limits, corruption, Indiana University, Meredith McGehee, Oregon, Blog (Contribution Limits), Oregon, Utah

Joint Statement of David Keating and Bradley A. Smith to the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration on McCutcheon v. FEC

Joint Statement of David Keating President, Center for Competitive Politics and Bradley A. Smith Chairman, Center for Competitive Politics Josiah H. Blackmore II/Shirley M. Nault Professor of Law Capital University Law School Submitted to the Committee on Rules and Administration United States Senate April 30, 2014 Mr. Chairman and members of the Committee, thank you […]

Filed Under: Blog, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits Comments, Contribution Limits Federal, External Relations Comments and Testimony, External Relations Sub-Pages, Featured Content, Federal, Federal Comments and Testimony, Angus King, Bradley A. Smith, Chuck Schumer, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Dark Money, David keating, Don McGahn, Justice John Paul Stevens, McCutcheon v FEC, Mitch McConnell, Senate Rules and Administration Committee, Ted Cruz, Maine

Citizens United, States Divided: An Empirical Analysis of Independent Political Spending

This study examines the effect the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United v. FEC has on independent spending in American politics. Previous attempts to answer this question have focused solely on federal elections where there is no baseline for comparing changes in spending behavior. The authors, Douglas M. Spencer and Abby K. Wood, overcome […]

Filed Under: Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Independent Speech, Issues, Jurisprudence & Litigation, Research, Super PACs, 50 States, Abby K. Wood, Center for Competitive Politics, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Corporate spending, Douglas M. Spencer, Independent Expenditures, Indepent Spending, Indiana Law Journal, money in politics, Supreme Court, Union spending, Independent Speech, Jurisprudence & Litigation, Independent Speech, Jurisprudence & Litigation, Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

The Last Rites of Public Campaign Financing?

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Arizona Free Enterprise v. Bennett, this Nebraska Law Review article by Hofstra University Law School Professor James J. Sample asserts the current predicament of public campaign financing is such that options that are still on the table under the Court’s First Amendment jurisprudence are, with […]

Filed Under: External Relations Sub-Pages, First Amendment, Research, Tax Financed Campaigns Research, Tax Financed Campaigns State, Tax-Financing, Taxpayer Financed Campaigns, Arizona, Arizona Free Enterprise v. Bennett, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, clean elections, First Amendment, James J. Sample, NYC, public financing, Supreme Court, tax financing, taxpayer financed campaigns, taxpayer-financed campaigns, First Amendment, First Amendment, Taxpayer Financed Campaigns, Arizona, Connecticut, Maine

Did hundreds of thousands of “investors” really write “personally” to the SEC on corporate disclosure? No, not really.

As followers of this blog will know, for the last four years Democrats and others on the political left have been trying to get new mandatory disclosure requirements on spending related to politics. When this effort failed in Congress with the defeat of the so-called DISCLOSE Act, the effort went to the Federal Election Commission. […]

Filed Under: Blog, Communications, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Featured Content, Uncategorized, baa-baas, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Common Cause, corporate disclosure, DISCLOSE, Disclose Act, fraudulent claims, goo-goos, John Coates, public citizen, SEC, SEC Rulemaking, Securities and Exchange Commission

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