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Amicus Brief: In re Stephen M. Silberstein

Amicus Brief: In re Stephen M. Silberstein

On behalf of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Sen. Thad Cochran, Sen. John Boozman, and Sen. Richard Shelby, CCP filed this friend-of-the-court brief opposing a petition for a Writ of Mandamus filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit by Stephen M. Silberstein. Mr. Silberstein sought the writ to force the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to engage in a rulemaking that would mandate corporate disclosure of otherwise-immaterial contributions to political organizations and industry groups. The Senators’ brief noted that such a rulemaking would directly violate the recent omnibus appropriations bill, which should be interpreted as preventing the SEC from regulating in that area. Two days after the filing of this amicus brief, Mr. Silberstein withdrew his petition.

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Petition for Writ of Certiorari with U.S. Supreme Court in DSF v. Denn

Petition for Writ of Certiorari with U.S. Supreme Court in DSF v. Denn

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PR Firms Sue NY on New Lobbying Rule

PR Firms Sue NY on New Lobbying Rule

Alexandria, VA – The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP), America’s largest nonprofit working to promote and defend First Amendment rights to free political speech, assembly, and petition announced that five public relations firms filed a lawsuit in federal court today seeking to block a new lobbying rule by the New York State Joint Commission on […]

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Federal Appeals Court Rules Colorado Disclosure Law Unconstitutional

Federal Appeals Court Rules Colorado Disclosure Law Unconstitutional

Denver, CO – A federal appeals court unanimously affirmed a lower court decision declaring that Colorado’s ballot issue disclosure law violates the First Amendment for groups raising or spending less than $3,500. The decision was handed down late Wednesday by three judges nominated by President Barack Obama to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in the […]

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Compulsory Donor Disclosure: When Government Monitors Its Citizens

Compulsory Donor Disclosure: When Government Monitors Its Citizens

In this Heritage Foundation Legal Memorandum by CCP Chairman Bradley A. Smith, Research Fellow Scott Blackburn, and Policy Analyst Luke Wachob, the authors explain how political speech in America is subject to an ever expanding disclosure regime as more and more private information – including citizens’ names, home addresses, employers, and occupations, as well as […]

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CCP Releases Analysis of Initiated Measure 22: The “South Dakota Government Accountability and Anti-Corruption Act”

Analysis of the “South Dakota Government Accountability and Anti-Corruption Act” (2016 Initiated Measure 22)

Speech These Days: It’s Just Too Damn Loud…

Donor Privacy Frees Groups to Criticize Government

Warren and Whitehouse Deceive on Oil Industry Contributions

Democratic AGs Double Down on Criminalizing Opposing Views

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Renewed IRS Scrutiny Reminds Us Free Speech is Still Vulnerable to Federal Encroachment

Amicus Brief: Coloradans for a Better Future v. Campaign Integrity Watchdog, LLC (Colorado Supreme Court)

The Internet and Free Speech

On Bob Bauer and “Evidence”

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The Intercept: The Citizens United Playbook (In the News)

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