Elizabeth Warren Attacks SEC Chair for Refusing to Help Her Silence Businesses

Late last week, Senator Elizabeth Warren renewed a conflict with Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Mary Jo White, calling on President Obama to remove her from her post. Senator Warren has long pursued a misguided crusade to use the SEC to require disclosure of private contributions from business entities to trade associations and advocacy groups, […]

Filed Under: Blog, Corporate Governance, Corporate Governance Press Release/In the News/Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Chuck Schumer, Disclose Act, Elizabeth Warren, Mary Jo White, Securities and Exchange Commission

Doublespeak in Reformland

CCP President David Keating recently noted that opponents of free speech in campaigns have corrupted the term “corruption.” It’s not alone. They also have trouble with “partisan.” The office of Congressman John Sarbanes put out a press release last week hyping House Democrats’ proposals to expand campaign finance and voting rights laws. The release says, […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclose Act, Doublespeak, FEC, Representative John Sarbanes

Washington Examiner: Chris Van Hollen’s unsolvable dark money disclosure dilemma (In the News)

This article originally appeared in the Washington Examiner May 2nd, 2014 By Luke Wachob Maryland Democrat Rep. Chris Van Hollen played a bait-and-switch in a speech this week, invoking Republican support for candidate disclosure to argue that they should also support his efforts to force disclosure of donors to nonprofit groups. Van Hollen accused some skeptics of his […]

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‘CRAP’: Heritage panel discusses proposed IRS regulations speech-chilling potential

The Heritage Foundation hosted a panel this afternoon moderated by former FEC commissioner Hans von Spakovsky, entitled “Taxing the First Amendment: Using the IRS to Censor Speech?.” The panel featured the opinions of Cleta Mitchell, election law attorney and legal representative of several Tea Party groups targeted by the IRS, CCP Chairman Bradley A. Smith, […]

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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. […]

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Media Watch: Grey Lady messes up basic facts…again

Media mishandling of campaign finance is nothing new, but few publications are as consistently off-base and inaccurate as the New York Times. Once again the Grey Lady can’t even get the fundamentals right, as evidenced by October 29’s article ‘New Chief of the F.C.C. Is Confirmed.’ Edward Wyatt writes for the Times: “In 2012, Democrats […]

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CCP’s Response to Sen. Durbin’s Request for Information

PDF version of our response is located at this link. PDF of letter is located at this link. September 16, 2013 The Honorable Richard J. Durbin Chairman Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary 224 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510   Dear Senator Durbin: On […]

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New Study Debunks Myth of “Corporate Takeover” of American Elections

In urging support for the DISCLOSE Act back in 2010, President Obama said, “A vote to oppose these reforms is nothing less than a vote to allow corporate and special interest takeovers of our elections.” This was not the first time the President echoed left-wing groups’ hysterical claims about the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Issues, Money in Politics, Super PACs, corporate contributions, corporate disclosure, corporate speech, corporations, DISCLOSE, Disclose Act, First Amendment, free speech, independent expenditure, super PAC

McConnell Warns of “a Culture of Intimidation” Suppressing Free Speech

Last Friday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell addressed the American Enterprise Institute concerning “a culture of intimidation” in Washington that may have influenced the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status. According to McConnell, a number of government agencies, far-left interest groups, and President Obama’s own remarks have been working to “shut down […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, IRS and the Tea Party, DISCLOSE, Disclose Act, IRS and the Tea Party

Hope for the Best, Plan for the Worst

On Wednesday, Senator Mitch McConnell wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post about the problems with disclosure (The IRS scandal and Obama’s culture of intimidation): For years, administration officials have used the power of the federal government to isolate their opponents. Meanwhile, the unionized employees who populate the IRS and other agencies across the country […]

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