Watchdog Groups Challenge House Ways and Means Committee Letter Claiming IRS Pursuit of Crossroads GPS was Improper

Statement of Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer and Campaign Legal Center Executive Director J. Gerald Hebert Yesterday, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp sent a letter to the Justice Department stating that former IRS official Lois Lerner may have violated criminal statutes and asking the Department to act on the findings within the …

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Fred Wertheimer – “Did Chief Justice Roberts Dissemble or did the Chief Justice Have no Idea What He Was Talking About?”

In the recently decided McCutcheon case, Chief Justice Roberts in his opinion breezily dismissed examples submitted in briefs by Democracy 21 and others of what would happen if the Supreme Court struck down the limits on the total contributions an individual could give to federal candidates and political parties. The examples before the Supreme Court …

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Fred Wertheimer for SCOTUSblog on McCutcheon & the Supreme Court

Symposium: The Supreme Court and the McCutcheon decision The Supreme Court majority in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission has continued on its step-by-step path to destroy the nation’s campaign finance laws. The Court in McCutcheon overturned forty years of national policy and thirty-eight years of judicial precedent to strike down the overall limits on the total contributions an individual …

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Fred Wertheimer “The Consequences of Today’s Disastrous Decision by the Supreme Court Majority in the McCutcheon Case”

The Supreme Court today struck down the overall limits on the total amounts that an individual could give to party committees and to federal candidates in a two-year election cycle. With its decision, the Court overturned 40 years of national policy and 38 years of judicial precedent. The Court today held that the overall contribution …

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Fred Wertheimer in Huffington Post: “A Response to the Koch Brothers Claim of Entitlement to Anonymous Political Giving”

By: Fred Wertheimer March 28, 2014 An online column by Tom Edsall on the New York Times website (March 18), entitled “In Defense of Anonymous Political Giving,” presents the arguments made by the Koch brothers to justify keeping “anonymous” the untold millions of dollars they are giving to groups to spend on campaign ads and …

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FEC Complaint Filed Against Senate Majority PAC Seeking Investigation of Apparent Illegal Contribution to Braley Campaign

Democracy 21 joined with the Campaign Legal Center in filing a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) urging the Commission to investigate an apparent illegal in-kind contribution made by the Senate Majority PAC, a Super PAC which supports Democratic candidates, to Braley for Iowa, the campaign committee of U.S. Senate candidate Bruce L. Braley.  …

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FEC Complaint Filed Against National Republican Congressional Committee for Illegal Websites

Democracy 21 joined with the Campaign Legal Center in filing a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) urging the Commission to conclude that the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) has violated federal law by including the names of Democratic candidates in the titles of at least 19 NRCC special project websites without the website …

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Reform Groups Urge House Members to Co-sponsor Empowering Citizens Act (H.R.270) Sponsored by Reps. David Price and Chris Van Hollen

Comprehensive reform bill would end individual candidate Super PACs, repair presidential public financing system, create similar financing system for Congressional races and strengthen rules prohibiting coordinated spending by outside groups In a letter sent today, reform groups urged Representatives to support and co-sponsor H.R. 270, which is the most comprehensive campaign finance reform legislation pending …

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