Democracy 21 Fact Sheet on McCutcheon Supreme Court Case

What Would Happen if the Supreme Court Struck Down Overall Limits on Contributions? The fact sheet shows why the overall contribution limits are essential to protecting our democracy against corruption. For almost four decades, the Supreme Court has repeatedly held that federal contributions can be constitutionally limited to protect against corruption and the appearance of …

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Rep. Van Hollen and Watchdog Groups File Lawsuit Challenging Flawed IRS Regulations

Representative Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), joined by Democracy 21, the Campaign Legal Center and Public Citizen, filed a lawsuit today in federal district court in Washington, D.C challenging the IRS regulations that govern eligibility for tax-exempt status as a section 501(c)(4) “social welfare” organization. Attorneys from the three organizations are representing the plaintiffs in the …

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Watchdogs File FEC Complaint Against Santorum Campaign for Illegally Directing Super PAC Contributions

Today, Democracy 21 joined the Campaign Legal Center in filing a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC), against Rick Santorum and campaign staffers for directing a donor to make a $1 million campaign contribution to a super PAC supporting Santorum’s 2012 presidential run.  Federal candidates and their staff are prohibited by the McCain-Feingold law’s …

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Watchdogs Urge FEC to Reject Democratic & Republican Parties’ Request to Use “Recount Funds” as Slush Funds

Democracy 21 joined the Campaign Legal Center in filing comments with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) in response to an Advisory Opinion Request (AOR) 2013-10, in which both the Democratic and Republican parties seek to use their segregated “recount funds” to pay for office building expenses and in effect double their federal contribution limits. The …

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Reform Groups Oppose Effort by Rep. Miller to Press for Premature FEC Action on Controversial Proposal to Undermine Enforcement

In a letter sent today to FEC Chair Ellen L. Weintraub, reform groups expressed strong opposition to the position taken by Representative Candice Miller (R-MI), Chairwoman of the House Administration Committee, in which she criticized the FEC for failing to adopt an agency Enforcement Manual and urged the Commission to act promptly on the matter. …

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Democracy 21 Legal Team Headed by Former Solicitor General Seth Waxman Files Supreme Court Brief Defending Contribution Limits

Representatives Chris Van Hollen and David Price submitted an amicus brief yesterday to the Supreme Court to defend the constitutionality of the limits on the aggregate amount an individual can give to all federal candidates and to all party committees in a two-year election cycle. Representatives Van Hollen and Price are campaign finance reform leaders …

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Watchdogs’ Filing Reminds FEC that it Has No Authority to Declare Federal Laws Unconstitutional

Late yesterday, the Campaign Legal Center, joined by Democracy 21, filed comments in response to a Federal Election Commission (FEC) Advisory Opinion Request (AOR) 2013-09, which asks the agency to exceed its authority by declaring a statute unconstitutional and announcing that the agency will no longer enforce the statute—even though the Supreme Court has upheld …

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Reform Groups Urge Representatives to Vote No on Latest Attempt to Repeal Presidential Public Financing System

In a letter sent today to the House of Representatives, reform groups urged House members to vote no on H.R. 2019, sponsored by Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS), which purports to provide for a 10-year pediatric research initiative and repeals the presidential public financing system. The reform groups sending the letter include Americans for Campaign Reform, …

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Reform Groups Urge FEC Commissioners Not to Take Action on Proposed Enforcement Manual Changes

In a letter sent today to the five FEC Commissioners, reform groups urged Commissioners to take no action regarding the FEC Enforcement Manual until the two nominees who have been appointed to serve on the Commission are confirmed and take office The reform groups sending the letter include Americans for Campaign Reform, the Brennan Center …

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