Center for Competitive Politics

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The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) is a Section 501(c)(3) non-profit organization headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia. The CCP's mission statement is "through legal briefs, studies, historical and constitutional analyses, and media communication, to educate the public on the actual effects of money in politics, and the results of a more free and competitive electoral process." It was founded in 2005 by former Federal Election Commission Chairman Bradley A. Smith and Stephen M. Hoersting, formerly an aide to Smith and later General Counsel at the National Republican Senatorial Committee.[1]

The organization has been particularly active in criticizing campaign finance regulations, taxpayer-financed political campaigns, and restrictions on referenda and ballot initiatives. The Center publishes various studies and reports on election related matters, and provides pro bono legal counsel to parties in suits challenging the constitutionality of election statutes. It has also has defended the right of independent groups to participate freely in the electoral process.[2]

The Center represented the plaintiffs in SpeechNow.org v. Federal Election Commission, the Court of Appeals decisions that authorized the creation of Super PACs.[3]

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