Center for Competitive Politics

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Center for Competitive Politics
Formation 2005
Founder Bradley A. Smith
Type Nonprofit
United States
Mission "To promote and defend First Amendment rights to free political speech, assembly, and petition."

The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia.[1] CCP's mission is "to promote and defend First Amendment rights to free political speech, assembly, and petition."[2]


CCP was founded in 2005 by former Federal Election Commission Chairman Bradley A. Smith. According to Politico, Smith opened CCP with the goal of "challenging the current campaign finance system in both federal court and the court of public opinion."[3]


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 defended the right of independent groups to participate freely in the electoral process.[4]

The Center represented the plaintiffs in v. Federal Election Commission, the Court of Appeals decisions that authorized the creation of Super PACs.[5]

In 2014, CCP challenged California's requirement that nonprofit groups must turn over their donor lists to the state in order to receive a license to solicit contributions from residents of the state.[6]

CCP has stated its opposition to a campaign spending limitation amendment authored by Senators Tom Udall and Michael Bennet.[7] CCP has also opposed proposed Internal Revenue Service guidelines that would redefine tax rules for social welfare organizations that engage in political advocacy as a secondary activity.[8]


  1. ^ Warren, Michael (2014-06-05). "The Disclosure Police Target Walmart". Weekly Standard. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "About the Center for Competitive Politics". Center for Competitive Politics. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  3. ^ Cummings, Jeanne (2008-08-12). "Conservatives plot on campaign finance". Politico. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "Center for Competitive Politics blog", CCP, Retrieved on 2009-07-10.
  5. ^ [1].
  6. ^ "Give Us Your Donors, or Else". Wall Street Journal. 2014-07-22. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  7. ^ Newlin Carney, Eliza (2014-07-02). "Hobby Lobby Ruling Fuels Amendment Push". Roll Call. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  8. ^ Hicks, Josh (2014-06-18). "IRS to propose specific limits on nonprofits' political activities". Washington Post. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 

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