House Republican Leaders Launch Sneak Attack on the Presidential Public Financing System

House Republican Leaders Launch Sneak Attack on Presidential Public Financing System,   Schedule House Floor Vote to Repeal the System Next Wednesday with No Hearings, No Committee Consideration, No Examination of the Dangers to the Political Process of Killing Rather than Repairing the Presidential System Statement by Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer  House Republicans leaders …

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January 21, 2011: A Day to Keep Moving Forward to Mitigate the Enormous Damage Done by the Citizens United Decision

By: Fred Wertheimer On January 21, 2010, one year ago tomorrow, five Supreme Court Justices issued a disastrous decision that initiated a dangerous sea change in American politics. The Supreme Court by a 5 to 4 vote in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission struck down a century of U.S. policy and decades of Court …

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Petition Filed in Supreme Court for Review of Minor Party Provisions of Connecticut Public Financing Law Upheld as Constitutional

On December 9, 2010, the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation filed a petition for certiorari in the Supreme Court in Green Party of Connecticut v. Garfield, a case challenging the constitutionality of the minor party provisions of Connecticut’s public financing law. The Connecticut law provides a grant of public funds to any participating statewide or …

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Statement by Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer at Press Conference Today by Reform Groups in Support of the DISCLOSE Act

We have just come through an election where huge amounts of secret contributions were spent in the congressional races. We cannot go through another national election with this sure-fire formula for influence-buying corruption. Our organizations are calling on the Senate to schedule and pass the disclosure provisions of the DISCLOSE Act. There is no question …

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Statement, Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer on Secret Financing of 2010 Elections, Campaign Finance Reform Battles Ahead

The Supreme Court decision in Citizens United eliminated one of the nation’s principal laws to protect against government corruption and opened the door to campaign finance scandals which began to play out in the 2010 congressional races. As a result of the decision, one of the worst in Supreme Court history, this is the first election in …

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Democracy 21 Statement: Chamber’s Claim that Potential Harassment and Intimidation Justify Secret Donations is Hogwash

Chamber Argument Overwhelmingly Rejected by Past Laws and Previous Supreme Court DecisionsStatement of Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer In an interview given to Jake Tapper of ABC News on October 12, Bruce Josten, executive vice president of the Chamber of Commerce, stated with regard to the issue of whether the Chamber should be disclosing the …

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Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer Defends DISCLOSE Act Against Attack by Former RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie

Former RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie Attacks DISCLOSE Act as Crossroads GPS, the Brainchild of Gillespie and Republican  Operative Karl Rove, Spends Tens of Millions of Dollars in Secret Contributions in 2010 Elections Statement of Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer In an op-ed article that appeared today in The Washington Post, former RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie …

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DISCLOSE Act Falls One Vote Short of Reaching Senate Floor for Consideration; Statement of Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer

The Senate was again one vote short today of being able to send the DISCLOSE Act to the floor for consideration and action. The successful effort by Republican Senators to block Senate action on the DISCLOSE Act is a great loss for the American people, who have a basic right to know who is providing …

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Op-ed by Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer in POLITICO: Secret funds flow into races

Ever since the 1972 Federal Election Campaign Act passed, public disclosure of the money used to influence elections has been a cardinal rule of U.S. politics.   Voters’ right to know who is behind the money spent trying to sway them was firmly established by the Supreme Court’s 1976 decision in Buckley v. Valeo, which …

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Op-ed by Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer in The Hill: Voters have a right to know who is behind the money being spent in elections

When the Supreme Court in the Citizens United decision struck down the ban on corporate expenditures to influence federal elections, five Justices radically changed our political system. The 5-4 Court decision elevated the status of corporations in our democracy and freed them to use their immense, aggregate wealth to flood elections and buy influence over …

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