Washington Post: For top donors, inauguration means access, influence and angling for next big job

The Washington Post For top donors, inauguration means access, influence and angling for next big job By Marc Fisher and Tom Hamburger January 20, 2013 The voters have spoken, but even after a $2 billion presidential campaign, the quest for dollars in Washington continues. This weekend, the high rollers are paying for inauguration parties that …

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Statement by Fred Wertheimer: President Obama Opts for “The Ends Justify the Means”

President Obama Opts for “The Ends Justify the Means,” Where “Means” Creates Potential for Government Corruption Statement by Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer President Obama has set out on a dangerous and unprecedented path as he begins his second term in office. The President and his political allies are creating a section 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organization, …

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Reform Groups Urge Senators to Oppose Efforts to Restore Party Soft Money or Increase Party Contribution Limits

The enclosed letter was sent today to Senators and Representatives urging them to oppose efforts to restore the party soft money system or increase party contribution limits. The reform groups include Americans for Campaign Reform, Brennan Center for Justice, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Common Cause, Democracy 21,  Demos, League of Women Voters, …

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Watchdog Groups Call on IRS to Investigate American Tradition Partnership; Cite Its Reported Submission of Apparent False Information to the IRS Regarding Its Application for Tax-exempt Status

  In a letter sent today to the IRS, Democracy 21, joined by the Campaign Legal Center, called on the agency to investigate whether American Tradition Partnership (ATP), formerly known as Western Tradition Partnership (WTP), obtained its section 501(c)(4) tax-exempt status based on false information submitted to the IRS. According to the letter from the …

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The Washington Post: The toothless watchdog FEC

The Washington Post The toothless watchdog FEC By Editorial Board December 29, 2012 IT IS HARD to identify a federal agency in Washington more dysfunctional than the Federal Election Commission. Terms have expired for five of the six commissioners, and by next spring, the entire commission will be a lame duck if nothing is done. The …

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The Associated Press: Groups Urge Probe of $12 Million Mystery Donation

The Associated Press Groups urge probe of $12 million mystery donation By JACK GILLUM  December 20, 2012 WASHINGTON (AP) — Two election watchdog organizations on Thursday urged the Justice Department and Federal Election Commission to investigate more than $12 million in campaign contributions that were mysteriously funneled through two little-known companies in Tennessee to a …

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