Fred Wertheimer: “Who Shot John: The Story of How $777,600 Contribution “Limits” Ended up in The Omnibus Bill”

By Fred Wertheimer Campaign finance laws are generally enacted to solve problems and deal with corruption scandals. The Federal Election Campaign Act Amendments of 1974 (FECA) followed the Watergate scandals of the 1970s. The Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (BCRA) followed the soft money scandals of the 1990s. Last week, just the opposite occurred. …

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Fred Wertheimer Statement on Reid-McConnell “Bipartisan” Deal to Eviscerate Anti-Corruption Campaign Finance Laws

The nation has been crying out for our leaders in Washington to work together. The incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been talking about wanting to put together bipartisan agreements and legislation. But I don’t think the destruction by Republican Leader McConnell and Senate Majority Leader Reid of critically important anti-corruption campaign finance laws …

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Major Court Victory on Contribution Disclosure

Federal District Court in Van Hollen Case Strikes FEC Regulation that Gutted Contribution Disclosure Requirement for Outside Groups Making Expenditures Close to an Election The federal district court in Washington D.C. today struck down a regulation issued by the Federal Election Commission (FEC) that has severely limited the reporting of donors to groups making “electioneering …

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Fred Wertheimer for Huffington Post “2014 Election Confirms Citizens United Decision Based on Fundamentally Flawed Premises”

The Huffington Post 2014 Election Confirms Citizens United Decision Based on Fundamentally Flawed Premises By: Fred Wertheimer The 2014 congressional elections confirmed that the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United was based on fundamentally flawed premises. The Court majority in Citizens United explicitly based its misguided decision on two grounds: campaign expenditures by outside groups …

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Fred Wertheimer in New Yorker – “The Money Midterms: A Scandal in Slow Motion”

The New Yorker -  The Money Midterms: A Scandal in Slow Motion By: Evan Osnos In 1971, after studying law at Harvard, Fred Wertheimer became the chief lobbyist for Common Cause, a non-profit that aimed to limit the corrosive influence of money in politics. He was thirty-two years old. “Watergate comes along the next year, …

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Fred Wertheimer for Huffington Post: “Individual-Candidate Super PACs Threaten to Wipe Out Candidate Contribution Limits”

In 1974, Congress enacted limits on contributions to candidates to prevent corruption. Today, these contribution limits are in danger of being wiped out by individual-candidate Super PACs. The Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision in 2010 unleashed the world of Super PACs into our elections. Along with them, came individual-candidate Super PACs. Super PACs raise unlimited contributions from …

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Watchdog Groups Call on IRS to Adopt New Rules

In a letter sent to the IRS, Democracy 21 and the Campaign Legal Center summarized comments they had submitted regarding the ongoing IRS rulemaking proceeding to consider new regulations to govern eligibility for section 501 (c)(4) tax status. The letter stated: On May 7, 2014, the American Bar Association Section on Taxation submitted comments to …

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