MSNBC: “Wertheimer: OFA ‘creates the opportunity to buy corrupting influence’”

MSNBC: Now with Alex Wagner Wertheimer: OFA ‘creates the opportunity to buy corrupting influence’ The MSNBC NOW with Alex Wagner panel discussed the recent criticism of OFA about access for big spenders to the president, and Democracy 21’s Frank Wertheimer described President Obama’s use of OFA to advance his agenda as “outsourcing” a portion of …

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Fred Wertheimer Op-ed: “Supreme Court Could Create System of Legalized Bribery”

Supreme Court Could Create System of Legalized Bribery in Washington Depending on its Decision in McCutcheon Case By: Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer There are enormous stakes for the country in the campaign finance case the Supreme Court agreed to review this week. If the Supreme Court strikes down the existing limits on the aggregate …

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Democracy 21/ACS Issue Brief: A New Federal Agency is Needed to Enforce Campaign Finance Laws

 Says President Must Act; Proposes Ideas for Reform As the U.S. Supreme Court readies to hear another case that could result in further undermining of the campaign finance laws, a new American Constitution Society Issue Brief written by Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer and its Counsel Don Simon argue that the federal agency tasked with …

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Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Constitutional Challenge to Federal Contribution Limit

Statement by Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a new campaign finance case with enormous consequences for the country. McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission involves the limit on total contributions from an individual to all federal candidates, party committees and PACs in a two-year election cycle. The aggregate contribution limit …

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Supreme Court to Decide Next Week Whether to Hear Two Cases Challenging the Constitutionality of Key Contribution Limits

By: Fred Wertheimer The Supreme Court is scheduled next week to decide whether to review two lower federal court decisions in which the constitutionality of key campaign contribution limits are being challenged. At its conference on Friday, February 15, 2013, the Court is expected to act on a petition for certiorari in a case that …

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Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer Challenges President Obama’s 501(c)(4) Group, Organizing for Action

At the beginning of his first term, President Obama issued a sweeping executive order to establish unprecedented new ethics rules for his Administration. His second term is beginning in the polar opposite way. Through his political agents, the President has created a section 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organization, Organizing for Action, that will raise and spend money …

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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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