American Crossroads Makes Absurd Request to FEC to Use Absurd FEC Regulation to Treat Coordinated Activities as Not Coordinated

American Crossroads is the brainchild of political operative Karl Rove. On October 28, 2011, the Rove inspired organization asked the FEC to declare that expenditures by American Crossroads for TV ads to promote certain candidates that would be “fully coordinated” with those candidates and that would even have those candidates appearing in the ads are …

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Los Angeles Times: New ‘super PAC’ forms to back Howard Berman

By Tom Hamburger and Melanie Mason A new "super PAC" emerged this month to back the candidacy of Rep. Howard Berman, the California Democrat who faces a tough reelection battle in part because he must compete with a neighboring San Fernando Valley Democrat, Rep. Brad Sherman, for a newly redrawn congressional seat. The new super PAC, set …

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Statement of Democracy 21 President on Public Funds Accepted by Republican Party to Finance their National Nominating Convention

According to the BNA Money and Politics Report, “the Democratic and Republican parties have received $35.4 million—about $17.7 million each—in public funding to pay for next year’s presidential nominating conventions, the Federal Election Commission announced Nov. 8.” It is more than ironic that at the same time Republican leaders in Congress are trying to kill …

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Statement by Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer on the Dysfunctional Federal Election Commission and the Failure of President Obama to Nominate New Commissioners at Press Conference Held by Reform Groups

The Federal Election Commission is itself a national campaign finance scandal.     It is widely recognized that the FEC is a dysfunctional agency that consistently refuses to enforce the federal campaign finance laws – laws enacted to prevent the corruption of federal officeholders and government decisions. A New York Times editorial this year (April 18, …

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Reform Groups Call on President Obama to Address Dysfunctional FEC

Reform groups held a press conference today to highlight the repeated failure of the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to properly interpret and enforce the campaign finance laws and to call on President Barack Obama to nominate five new commissioners to fill the vacancies on the six-member FEC. Enclosed below is a letter from the groups sent to …

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FEC Urged to Reject Senator Lee’s Attempt to Create a “Super Leadership PAC” in Comments Filed by Campaign Legal Center & Democracy 21

Today the Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21, filed comments with the Federal Election Commission (FEC), urging the Commission to reject an advisory opinion request  submitted by the Constitutional Conservatives Fund PAC (“CCF”), Senator Michael Shumway Lee’s (R-UT) Leadership PAC seeking to fundraise in a manner clearly prohibited by existing law. Senator Lee’s Leadership PAC asks the Commission …

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Center for Public Integrity: Koch-related group is reviewing financial transactions with Cain aide’s charity

By Peter H. Stone Questions about Herman Cain’s financial support from a tax-exempt charity Herman Cain’s campaign faces questions about tens of thousands of dollars in expenses that were paid by Prosperity USA, an organization claiming 501(c)(3) charity status with the IRS that is barred by law from political activities. The conservative grassroots goliath, Americans …

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Americans Elect Press Conference Today: Democracy 21 President Challenges Americans Elect to Comply with Tax Laws and Campaign Finance Disclosure Laws

Statement of Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer Americans Elect – holding a press conference today at the National Press Club – is an organization whose stated goal is “to nominate a presidential ticket that answers directly to voters—not the political system.” To accomplish this goal, Americans Elect already has qualified on a number of state …

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