Statement by Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer: Republican Senators Vote to Protect Secret, Corrupting Contributions over Protecting the American People

Republican Senators Vote to Protect Secret, Corrupting Contributions over Protecting the American People Statement of Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer Democracy 21 greatly appreciates the outstanding national leadership provided by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) in leading the Senate effort to pass the DISCLOSE Act. We also greatly appreciate the votes cast by each Senator who …

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Ny Times: The Power of Anonymity

The New York Times The Power of Anonymity July 17, 2012 Two years ago, Congress came within a single Republican vote in the Senate of following the Supreme Court’s advice to require broad disclosure of campaign finance donors. The justices wanted voters to be able to decide for themselves “whether elected officials are ‘in the …

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ProPublica: “Inside the Investigation Into Leading Republican Money Man Sheldon Adelson”

ProPublica Inside the Investigation of Leading Republican Money Man Sheldon Adelson by Matt Isaacs, Lowell Bergman and Stephen Engelberg July 16, 2012 A decade ago gambling magnate and leading Republican donor Sheldon Adelson looked at a desolate spit of land in Macau and imagined a glittering strip of casinos, hotels and malls. Where competitors saw …

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Reform Groups Urge Senators to Vote for Cloture on DISCLOSE Act

VOTE AGAINST SECRET MONEY VOTE FOR CLOTURE ON S.3369, THE DISCLOSE ACT                                         July 16, 2012 Dear Senator, Our organizations strongly urge you to vote for cloture on S.3369, the DISCLOSE Act of 2012. The DISCLOSE Act is constitutional, fair and evenhanded. The Supreme Court by an overwhelming 8 to 1 vote in the …

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Fred Wertheimer: 14 Current Republican Senators Voted for Disclosure Legislation Enacted in 2000

Democracy 21 Calls on Republican Senators to Recognize Secret Money Corrupts Democracy and to Return to Past Support for Disclosure Laws Fourteen Current Republican Senators Voted for Loophole-Closing Disclosure Legislation Enacted in 2000   Statement of Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has spent his entire career obstructing, filibustering and opposing …

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RNC Court Challenge to Aggregate Contribution Limits Opposed by Reformers

RNC Court Challenge to Aggregate Contribution Limits Opposed by Reformers Today, the Campaign Legal Center, together with Democracy 21, filed an amici brief in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to defend the aggregate contribution limits against a challenge brought by the Republican National Committee (RNC) and Shaun McCutcheon.  Despite clear Supreme …

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