Reform Groups Urge Representatives to Oppose Latest Attempt to Repeal Presidential Public Financing System and EAC

In a letter sent today to the House Administration Committee, reform groups urged Committee   members to oppose H.R. 412, legislation introduced by Representative Tom Cole (R-OK) to repeal the presidential public financing system. The groups also urged Committee members to oppose H.R. 195, legislation introduced by Representative Gregg Harper (R-MS) to terminate the Election Assistance …

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Fred Wertheimer Statement on Groundbreaking Criminal Prosecution for Illegal Coordination Announced Today by Justice Department

The Justice Department today issued a release announcing a criminal conviction for violating the federal rules prohibiting coordination between federal candidates and their campaigns, and Super PACs and other outside spending groups. According to Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer: This is an extremely important development and sends a warning signal to all federal candidates in …

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Fred Wertheimer for American Constitution Society on Citizens United

The American Constitution Society Five Years Later, Citizens United Wreaks Havoc on Our Democracy By Fred Wertheimer, President, Democracy 21. Democracy 21 is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works to strengthen democracy, prevent government corruption and empower citizens in the political process.    On January 21, 2010, five Supreme Court justices rejected decades of the Court’s …

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Explanation of Stop Super PAC-Candidate Coordination Act (H.R.425)

The Stop Super PAC-Candidate Coordination Act (H.R. 425) sponsored by Representatives David Price (D-NC) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD deals with two important campaign finance problems. The Act shuts down individual-candidate Super PACs and strengthens the rules that prohibit coordination between other outside spenders and candidates and parties. The provisions in the Act are also …

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Fred Wertheimer Statement on Citizens United Decision and Reform Bills Introduced Today

Five years ago today, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in Citizens United, a 5 to 4 decision that has wreaked havoc on our democracy. Chief Justice Roberts and his four colleagues ignored the country’s history, the Court’s own jurisprudence and the need to protect America’s representative system of government against corruption. Instead, Citizens United …

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Fred Wertheimer Oped for Reuters “Democracy is Drowning in a sea of dark money”

Reuters Democracy is drowning in a sea of dark money By Fred Wertheimer The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United five years ago left the nation’s campaign finance system in shambles and our constitutional system of representative government dangerously undermined. Citizens United threw out a century of national policy and overturned decades of Supreme Court precedent to …

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Watchdogs File Comments in Post-McCutcheon FEC Rulemaking

Democracy 21 joined with the Campaign Legal Center yesterday in filing rulemaking comments urging the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to follow the Supreme Court’s recommendations in McCutcheon v. FEC to prevent corruption of candidates and circumvention of the base contribution limits after the court struck down the aggregate cap on contributions.  The watchdog groups pressed …

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Public Citizen and Democracy 21 File Amicus Brief in the Supreme Court Defending Constitutionality of Florida’s Ban on Solicitation of Campaign Contributions by Judges

Last week, Democracy 21 joined with Public Citizen to file an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court defending the constitutionality of a Florida law which bans the solicitation of campaign contributions by state court judges.  The brief was filed on December 23, 2014 in the case of Yulee v. The Florida Bar. The State of …

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Fred Wertheimer: “Who Shot John: The Story of How $777,600 Contribution “Limits” Ended up in The Omnibus Bill”

By Fred Wertheimer Campaign finance laws are generally enacted to solve problems and deal with corruption scandals. The Federal Election Campaign Act Amendments of 1974 (FECA) followed the Watergate scandals of the 1970s. The Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (BCRA) followed the soft money scandals of the 1990s. Last week, just the opposite occurred. …

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