Democracy 21 and the Campaign Legal Center Sue the FEC for Failure to Enforce the Law and Protect the Integrity of Our Democracy

The Commission’s Actions, in Dismissing Five Straw Donor Complaints, Were “Arbitrary, Capricious and An Abuse of Discretion and Otherwise Contrary to the Law” Democracy 21 and the Campaign Legal Center filed a lawsuit Friday night in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia against the Federal Election Commission for dismissing five complaints that CLC …

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Fred Wertheimer Op-ed for the Huffington Post on Fixing the Presidential Public Financing System

The Huffington Post A Cure for a Political Disaster: Fixing the Presidential Public Financing System By: Fred Wertheimer  April 20, 2016 The current system of financing presidential elections is a political disaster. And the American people are paying the price. According to Open Secrets, super PACs supporting presidential candidates have raised $416 million as of …

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Fred Wertheimer for Huffington Post: “Doctor No: Senator McConnell, the Supreme Court And a Thirty-Year Career of Obstructionism”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) says the American people must be heard and therefore the next Supreme Court Justice should be considered by the Senate only after the people have chosen the next president in November. This is McConnell’s “justification” for leading the Senate Republicans in opposing any hearing,   Judiciary Committee vote or Senate …

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Watchdog Groups Attack IRS Decision to Overrule Proposed Staff Denial of Crossroads GPS’ “Social Welfare” Tax Status

  In a letter sent today to the Internal Revenue Service Commissioner, Democracy 21 joined by the Campaign Legal Center criticized the IRS’ decision made without explanation to grant recognition to Crossroads GPS as a “social welfare” organization under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code. The IRS Exempt Organizations staff decided in 2013 to …

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Reform Groups Urge Senators to Support Federal Election Administration Act to Replace the FEC

  In a letter sent today, reform groups urged Senators to cosponsor the Federal Election Administration Act being introduced today by Senator Tom Udall (D-NM). The Act provides a framework and the basis for developing a new legislative approach for properly enforcing and interpreting the campaign finance laws and creates a new independent agency to …

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IRS Decision to Grant on “Social Welfare” Status of Crossroads GPS is Complete Abdication of Agency’s Duty

 Statement by Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer The reported decision by the IRS to grant “social welfare” status to Crossroads GPS is a complete abdication of the agency’s duty to enforce the tax laws. The decision was revealed today by the Center for Responsive Politics. By no stretch of the imagination can Crossroads GPS be considered …

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Reform Groups Strongly Oppose Constitutional Convention; Would Put Constitutional Rights at Risk

Statement by the Brennan Center, Center for Media and Democracy, Common Cause, CREW, Democracy 21 and People For the American Way Efforts are being undertaken in state legislatures to pass resolutions calling for a constitutional convention to send various constitutional amendments to the states for ratification. If these efforts are successful, it would result in …

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Fred Wertheimer for Huffington Post: “Citizens United Consequences Part Two: Super Rich Empowered, Ordinary Americans Undermined, Democracy Subverted”

This op-ed is the second in a three part series on the consequences of the Citizens United decision. The first op-ed, entitled “Citizens United and its Disastrous Consequences: The Decision”, can be found here. The Huffington Post  Citizens United Consequences Part Two: Super Rich Empowered, Ordinary Americans Undermined, Democracy Subverted  By: Fred Wertheimer  January 20, 2015  …

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Fred Wertheimer for Huffington Post: “Citizens United and its Disastrous Consequences: The Decision”

  January 21 marks the sixth anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, one of the worst and most damaging decisions in the Court’s history. In the case, the Supreme Court, by a 5 to 4 vote, ruled that it was unconstitutional to ban corporations from making independent expenditures …

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