Ny Times: Tax-exempt Groups Shield Political Gifts of Businesses

The New York Times Tax-exempt Groups Shield Political Gifts of Businesses By Mike McIntire and Nicholas Confessore July 8, 2012 American Electric Power, one of the country’s largest utilities, gave $1 million last November to the Founding Fund, a new tax-exempt group that intends to raise most of its money from corporations and push for …

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RNC Lawsuit Challenging Contribution Limit Would Open Door to Corrupting Million Dollar Party Contributions

RNC Lawsuit Challenging Contribution Limit Would Open Door to Corrupting Million Dollar Party Contributions By Fred Wertheimer, Democracy 21 President In a lawsuit filed recently in federal district court, the Republican National Committee challenged the constitutionality of a long standing contribution limit that was enacted to prevent corruption and that was upheld by the Supreme …

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USA Today: Disclose Secret Campaign Finance

USA Today Editorial: Disclose secret campaign finance July 6, 2012 Everybody’s watching what’s expected to be by far the most expensive presidential campaign in history, and not without a dose of horror. Freed by the Supreme Court from spending limits, all manner of special interests are opening the spigots to buy influence. But the bigger …

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Ny Times: A Window on Campaign Abuse

The New York Times A Window on Campaign Abuse July 1, 2012 The secret world of undisclosed political contributions is in desperate need of sunlight. Public corporations are giving money in support of political candidates without any accountability to shareholders or consumers. Charities are taking tax-deductible contributions and improperly funneling them to strident advocacy groups. …

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NY Times: You Can’t Win if You Don’t Pay

The New York Times You Can’t Win if You Don’t Pay June 28, 2012 Give a few dollars to President Obama or Mitt Romney, the e-mail messages say, and you have a shot at sitting next to them for dinner. You could shake hands with George Clooney at a presidential fund-raiser. You might win a …

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Fourth Circuit Overturns Decision That Struck Down Century-Old Law Banning Corporate Contributions to Federal Candidates & Parties

Fourth Circuit Overturns Decision That Struck Down Century-Old Law Banning Corporate Contributions to Federal Candidates & Parties Today, in U.S. v Danielczyk, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit reversed a district court decision which had ignored U.S. Supreme Court precedent in order to strike down the century-old federal ban on corporate contributions …

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Wertheimer op-ed: Senator McConnell “Pounds the Table” in Opposing Campaign Finance Disclosure Long Upheld by Supreme Court

Senator McConnell “Pounds the Table” in Opposing Campaign Finance Disclosure Long Upheld by Supreme Court By Fred Wertheimer, Democracy 21 President There is an old saying in the legal profession that goes like this: “If you don’t have the law pound the facts, if you don’t have the facts pound the law, if you don’t …

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Ny Times: What Sheldon Adelon Wants

The New York Times What Sheldon Adelson Wants June 23, 2012 No American is dedicating as much of his money to defeat President Obama as Sheldon Adelson, the casino magnate who also happens to have made more money in the last three years than any other American. He is the perfect illustration of the squalid …

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