RNC Legal Challenge to Political Party Soft Money Ban Filed Today Has Already Been Rejected Twice by Supreme Court

Statement by Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer The RNC filed a lawsuit today in Federal District Court in Washington, D.C. challenging for the third time the ban on national parties raising and spending unlimited contributions, or soft money. They have lost this same argument twice before in the Supreme Court. The RNC lost this argument …

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Anatomy of a Supreme Court Opinion

How Chief Justice Roberts Dissembled, Obfuscated and Misled in his McCutcheon Opinion to Radically Change the Court’s “Corruption” Standard and Legalize the Use of Contributions to Buy Government Influence and Results By Fred Wertheimer — President, Democracy 21   In a Supreme Court decision last month dealing with affirmative action, Chief Justice Roberts responded to …

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Fred Wertheimer for SCOTUSblog on McCutcheon & the Supreme Court

Symposium: The Supreme Court and the McCutcheon decision The Supreme Court majority in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission has continued on its step-by-step path to destroy the nation’s campaign finance laws. The Court in McCutcheon overturned forty years of national policy and thirty-eight years of judicial precedent to strike down the overall limits on the total contributions an individual …

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Fred Wertheimer “The Consequences of Today’s Disastrous Decision by the Supreme Court Majority in the McCutcheon Case”

The Supreme Court today struck down the overall limits on the total amounts that an individual could give to party committees and to federal candidates in a two-year election cycle. With its decision, the Court overturned 40 years of national policy and 38 years of judicial precedent. The Court today held that the overall contribution …

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Democracy 21 Calls on President Obama to Either Shut Down Organizing for Action or to End Any Relationship with OFA

In a letter sent to President Obama today, Democracy 21 called on the President “to shut down Organizing for Action or, alternatively, to end any relationship that you and your Administration have with OFA.” According to the letter: Recent published reports by NBC News, The New York Times and The Washington Post indicate that Organizing …

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Reform Groups Join with Rep Van Hollen to Urge IRS to Limit Electioneering by Non-Profit Groups

Comments Filed in IRS Rulemaking Seek Enforcement of Statutory Mandate That 501(c)(4) Groups Focus “Exclusively” on Social Welfare Public Citizen, Democracy 21 and the Campaign Legal Center joined with Representative Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) to submit joint comments today in an IRS rulemaking advocating new regulations to stop section 501(c)(4) nonprofit groups from engaging in …

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Democracy 21, Campaign Legal Center Join with Rep. Van Hollen to Urge IRS to Adopt Effective Definition of Political Activity for 501(c)(4) Eligibility

Urge IRS to Include Supreme Court Approved Standard in Definition to Ensure Coverage of Campaign Attack Ads Posing as “Issue Ads” Democracy 21 and the Campaign Legal Center joined with Representative Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) today to submit joint comments in an IRS rulemaking that called on the IRS to adopt a new definition of …

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Fred Wertheimer Article for POLITICO Magazine: “Legalized Bribery”

POLITICO Magazine Legalized Bribery Four years on, Citizens United is ruining democracy. Here’s how to get it back. By FRED WERTHEIMER Exactly four years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court changed the landscape of American politics—and in ways we have yet to understand fully. In its 5-to-4 decision in Citizens United v. FEC, the court struck …

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Fred Wertheimer on MSNBC: “Did Citizens United Corrupt Elections?”

MSNBC Did Citizens United Corrupt Elections? In an interview with Chuck Todd on his show, The Daily Rundown, Wertheimer explains that the McCain-Feingold law prohibiting unlimited contributions to political parties accomplished its purposes and is not part of the problem today. Wertheimer also discusses the Citizens United decision and the very serious problems it has …

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