Reform Groups Urge Senators to Vote for S.219, the “Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act”

In a letter sent today, reform groups urged Senators to promptly pass S.219, the “Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act.” The bipartisan legislation was introduced by Senator Jon Tester and has been cosponsored by 22 Senators. The groups included Brennan Center for Justice, Campaign Finance Institute, Campaign Legal Center, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, …

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Democracy 21 and Campaign Legal Center Again Call on IRS to Investigate Eligibility of Crossroads GPS for Tax-Exempt Status as “Social Welfare” Organization

In a letter sent to the IRS today, Democracy 21 and the Campaign Legal Center again called on the agency “to investigate and take appropriate enforcement action against Crossroads GPS regarding its claimed status as a section 501(c)(4) tax-exempt ‘social welfare’ organization.” Crossroads GPS is the brainchild of long-time Republican party operative Karl Rove. The …

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Democracy 21 Statement on Rove-Backed Tax-Exempt “Social Welfare” Organization, Crossroads GPS, Which Reportedly Received a $10 Million Secret Contribution for Obama Attack Ads

Crossroads GPS, the brainchild of Republican operative Karl Rove, and a group that claims tax-exempt status as a section 501(c)(4) “social welfare” organization, reportedly received a secret contribution of $10 million dollars to spend on ads attacking President Obama. According to an April 13 article in The Washington Post: An anonymous donor has given $10 …

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Constitution Daily: “Constitution Check: Would the Supreme Court uphold a ban on Super PACs closely linked to candidates?”

Following is a piece by Lyle Denniston, entitled “Constitution Check: Would the Supreme Court uphold a ban on Super PACs closely linked to candidates?” which was published on the Constitution Daily blog. According to Constitution Daily, “Lyle Denniston is the National Constitution Center’s Adviser on Constitutional Literacy. He has reported on the Supreme Court for …

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U. S. Appeals Court Judge Richard Posner in blog post calls into question the Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United decision

In an April 8, 2012 blog post, Judge Richard Posner has called into question the controversial Supreme Court decision in Citizens United. Judge Posner is a widely-recognized conservative Judge and former Chief Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.  A 2004 poll by Legal Affairs magazine named Judge Posner as one of …

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New York Times editorial: A Judge Turns on the Light

The New York Times A Judge Turns on the Light April 2, 2012– A federal judge took an important step toward ending secret donations to big-spending political groups, striking down regulations that permitted some groups to hide their donors. Unfortunately, the ruling probably came too late to flush this corrupting practice from this year’s elections …

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Federal District Court Strikes down FEC Regulation that Gutted Disclosure Requirement, DISCLOSE Act Still Essential to End Secret Money in Federal Elections

 By Fred Wertheimer, President, Democracy 21 Representative Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) won an important campaign finance disclosure victory in federal district court on Friday, March 30, 2012 in the case of Van Hollen v. Federal Election Commission.   Judge Amy Berman Jackson in her opinion struck down as contrary to law an FEC regulation that gutted …

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