Paul S. Ryan
Commonsense Ten, Club for Growth and the FEC’s Deregulation of Corporate Money in Politics (American Constitution Society blog)Aug 17, 2010
Recent Club for Growth and Commonsense Ten Advisory Opinion Requests to the FEC raise important questions of both substance and process. When and how is it appropriate for an administrative agency to decide not to enforce statutes and regulations that have not been invalidated by any court?
- Aug 10, 2011
Last week NBC News broke the story of a company called W Spann LLC, which was created in March, made the $1 million contribution to a Mitt Romney-supporting Super PAC Restore Our Future in April and was dissolved in July. The only human that could be linked to W Spann was the Boston attorney who signed the paperwork filed in Delaware to create the company—and she refused to disclose the identity of her client. Managers of the Manhattan office building listed as the address of W Spann had no record of a tenant by that name, but the building happened to house an office of Bain Capital, a private equity firm co-founded by Romney.
The IRS is Doing Its Job - Or More Accurately - Contemplating Doing Its Job After Years of Dereliction (The Wall Street Journal LTE)Dec 16, 2013
Bradley A. Smith ("The Latest IRS Power Grab," op-ed, Dec. 9) asks the question: "Why is the IRS regulating political activity at all?" He attributes IRS regulation to "Democratic politicians and progressive activists" when, in fact, the IRS has long limited the extent to which many types of tax-exempt entities can engage in electoral politics. The IRS is doing its job—or more accurately—contemplating doing its job after years of dereliction. Mr. Smith attributes "three myths" to the Campaign Legal Center, but it is he who's ginned up myths.
Regarding "Myth No. 1," the Legal Center knows that 501(c)(4)s aren't "charities" and does not refer to them as such. Indeed, the Legal Center itself is tax exempt as a 501(c)(3), the tax code section covering "charities," religious and educational organizations.
- Feb 11, 2014
Controversy is swirling around a number of websites that have been set up by the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) in recent months. The websites have URLs and headlines that imply support for named Democratic candidates for Congress. The websites also have prominent “donate” buttons. But in less prominent text, the websites indicate opposition to the named candidates and any contributions made via the websites actually go to the NRCC.
- Jun 18, 2014
It’s unfortunate that the Supreme Court makes faulty assumptions about things like independent political spending when it decides cases that fundamentally undermine our democracy and the public’s faith in it. A new report on the reality of such independent spending highlights just how far the Court has missed the mark.
- Feb 24, 2015
In the world of electoral politics, all eyes already are on the 2016 presidential race. Though no one is admitting they are a candidate, reports are written daily about near-constant travel, fundraising and campaign machine building by prospective 2016 presidential candidates. Former Governor Jeb Bush held a $100,000-a-ticket fundraiser in New York earlier this month at the home of billionaire financier Henry Kravis, and during the first quarter of 2015 reportedly plans to raise $100 million in unlimited contributions to his super PAC. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is also pulling unlimited contributions into a super PAC-like 527 organization, has already created a campaign-like ad, and even opened an office in Iowa. Bush and Walker are not alone — more than a dozen other prospective 2016 presidential candidates are engaged in similar activities.
- Mar 24, 2015
Sen. Ted Cruz’s official launch of a campaign makes him the first and only formally declared candidate in the 2016 presidential election...
- Jun 4, 2015
In my decade-plus as an attorney at the Campaign Legal Center (CLC), a nonpartisan legal organization, we’ve filed dozens of administrative complaints with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) against those we believed to be violating federal campaign finance laws. Even in the best of times, we’ve waited in excess of 2 years for the FEC to resolve our complaints. But things at the FEC have gotten much, much worse in recent years.
- Feb 3, 2016
On February 3, 2016, Campaign Legal Center Deputy Executive Director Paul S. Ryan submitted testimony to the House Elections Standing Committee regarding S.B. 638. The bill amends the Michigan Campaign Finance Act (MCFA) improving the definition of "independent expenditures." However, "the numerous carve outs and exceptions to this definition are so extensive that they render any improvements made by the new definition meaningless."
- Mar 17, 2016
Deputy Executive Director Paul S. Ryan participated in a podcast with the National Constitution Center on the constitutional and political impact of Citizens United. They were joined with We the People to explore the constitutional landscape after Citizens United and to assess the decision’s impact on the 2016 election.
- Apr 18, 2016
Campaign Legal Center deputy executive director Paul Ryan spoke at the City of San Diego Ethics Commission “Money in Politics Forum” (April 18, 2016)
- Aug 29, 2016
The California Assembly should vote Monday to pass Senate Bill 1107, which would improve citizens’ ability to engage in the democratic process by empowering local governments to establish citizen-funded elections.
Deadlock: FEC Commissioners Say They’re Failing to Investigate Campaign Violations (NBC 4 Washington)Sep 20, 2016
If a campaign cheats during this election season, chances are high it’ll never be investigated. That’s according to some of the very Federal Election Commissioners tasked with enforcing the law, who call the agency “dysfunctional” and “broken.”
- Sep 20, 2016A four month long investigation by NBC Bay Area found that the Federal Elections Commission often little to nothing to create, regulate or enforce elections laws. NBC Bay Area Senior Investigative Reporter Stephen Stock reports in a story that first aired on Sept. 19, 2016. (Published Monday, Sept. 19, 2016)