Colorado District Court Urged to Reject Another Challenge to Electioneering Communications Disclosure Provisions

Today, Democracy 21 joined the Campaign Legal Center and Public Citizen in filing an amici brief in Rocky Mountain Gun Owners v. Gessler, urging the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado to dismiss a challenge to the Colorado Constitution’s “electioneering communications” disclosure provisions and deny a preliminary injunction.  The state law is materially …

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Major Court Victory on Contribution Disclosure

Federal District Court in Van Hollen Case Strikes FEC Regulation that Gutted Contribution Disclosure Requirement for Outside Groups Making Expenditures Close to an Election The federal district court in Washington D.C. today struck down a regulation issued by the Federal Election Commission (FEC) that has severely limited the reporting of donors to groups making “electioneering …

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Fred Wertheimer for Huffington Post: “A Call to Arms”

The Huffington Post A Call to Arms By: Fred Wertheimer In 1789, the Founding Fathers created a constitutional system of government by the people. In 2010, five Supreme Court Justices — Roberts, Kennedy, Scalia, Thomas and Alito — changed it to a constitutional system of government by millionaires, billionaires and corporations. In the Citizens United …

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Huffington Post: “Mitch McConnell’s Triumph Strikes Worry In The Hearts Of Campaign Finance Reformers”

According to the article: If Congress moves to block new IRS rules on nonprofits’ political spending through a rider or other means, Wertheimer said he will fight it. “This is open and shut that the [current] regulations do not comply with the law,” he said. “If Congress blocks this, we will bring our lawsuit again.” …

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Washington Post: “Billionaires Adelson and Saban, at odds in campaigns, unite on Israel and hit Obama”

The Post article illustrates the link between billionaires’ unlimited political money and their desire to determine U.S. government policies. The Washington Post Billionaires Adelson and Saban, at odds in campaigns, unite on Israel and hit Obama By Philip Rucker and Tom Hamburger  The billionaire political kingmakers planning to bankroll much of the 2016 presidential campaign spoke out together …

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Fred Wertheimer for Huffington Post “2014 Election Confirms Citizens United Decision Based on Fundamentally Flawed Premises”

The Huffington Post 2014 Election Confirms Citizens United Decision Based on Fundamentally Flawed Premises By: Fred Wertheimer The 2014 congressional elections confirmed that the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United was based on fundamentally flawed premises. The Court majority in Citizens United explicitly based its misguided decision on two grounds: campaign expenditures by outside groups …

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Fred Wertheimer in New Yorker – “The Money Midterms: A Scandal in Slow Motion”

The New Yorker -  The Money Midterms: A Scandal in Slow Motion By: Evan Osnos In 1971, after studying law at Harvard, Fred Wertheimer became the chief lobbyist for Common Cause, a non-profit that aimed to limit the corrosive influence of money in politics. He was thirty-two years old. “Watergate comes along the next year, …

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Huffington Post: “Democrats, Republicans take advantage of new big-money rules”

The Huffington Post Democrats, Republicans take advantage of new big-money rules By: Paul Blumenthal WASHINGTON — Both the Republican and Democratic parties are raising historic sums from single donors for the 2014 midterm elections under new rules resulting from a major Supreme Court ruling in April. The Supreme Court’s McCutcheon decision struck down aggregate campaign contribution …

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