Analysis: Problems with Presidential Public Financing System and Solutions in New Legislation Introduced In Congress

Analysis: Problems with the Presidential Public Financing Systemand Solutions in New Legislation Introduced by Senator Russell Feingold (D-WI)and Representatives Marty Meehan (D-MA) and Christopher Shays (R-CT) The presidential public financing system was established in 1974 in the wake of the Watergate scandals to provide candidates with the financial resources necessary to compete effectively for the …

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FEC By a 3-3 Vote Refuses to Appeal Extreme and Overreaching Decision by D.C. Court of Appeals in EMILY’s List Case That Declared Important FEC Regulations Unconstitutional

Statement of Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer The three Republican Commissioners of the Federal Election Commission (FEC) once again have failed to discharge their duty to faithfully administer the campaign finance laws. By voting in the EMILY’s List case to block the recommendation of the FEC General Counsel to appeal the decision by a three-judge …

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Dragging Big Business to Disclosure

Yesterday an editorial appeared in The New York Times entitled, ”Dragging Big Business to Disclosure.” The editorial deals with the requirements of the new lobbying disclosure law and also addresses the stalemate in confirming Commissioners to serve on the Federal Election Commission, which has resulted in the agency being inoperative since January 1, 2008. The New …

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Editorials From The New York Times and Philadelphia Inquirer Support Disclosure

The New York Times Where Are the Good-Government Republicans? March 28, 2012 Senator John McCain recently denounced the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision as “naïve and politically ignorant,” telling Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper, that “the consequences are manifesting themselves every day in what will someday be, sooner rather than later, a huge scandal.” …

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New Ethics Plan Already Under Fire

An article appeared today in Roll Call entitled "New Ethics Plan Already Under Fire." The article begins, ”More than six months past their deadline, leaders of a special task force established to overhaul the House ethics process remain coy about the group’s work, even as reform advocates consider attacking a forthcoming proposal as too weak.” …

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