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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Reform Leaders in Congress Introduce Legislation To Repair the Presidential Public Financing System

Statement of Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer Legislation to repair the presidential public financing system was introduced today in the Senate by Senator Russell Feingold (D-WI) and in the House by Representatives David Price (D-NC), Mike Castle (R-DE), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Todd Platts (R-PA). Democracy 21 strongly supports the presidential public financing legislation …

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Myths and Realities Regarding Claims that Labor Unions are Treated More Favorably than Corporations by the DISCLOSE Act, Passed in June by the House and Pending in the Senate

By Fred WertheimerPresident, Democracy 21 The DISCLOSE Act passed the House on June 24, 2010 and is pending in the Senate. The Act became necessary as a result of the Supreme Court decision earlier this year in the Citizens United case that held unconstitutional the ban on campaign expenditures by corporations and labor unions in …

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Statement of Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer Praising Supreme Court Decision Reaffirming the Constitutionality of the Soft Money Ban

The Supreme Court today summarily affirmed the constitutionality of the soft money ban by a 6 to 3 vote. This is an extremely important victory that stops the recent serious erosion by the Supreme Court of the nation’s campaign finance laws. The decision is a major victory for those who support anti-corruption laws to protect …

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Citizen United Decision Does Open a Major Loophole for Foreign Interests to Participate in Federal Elections Through Domestic-Controlled Corporations, Congress Needs to Act Quickly to Close the Loophole

Last night in his State of the Union address, President Obama called on Congress to enact legislation to correct the problems caused by the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Citizens United v. FEC. The President said that the decision “reversed a century of law to open the floodgates for special interests – including foreign corporations …

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