Nevada Becomes Third State in 2017 to Rescind Previous Call for a Constitutional Convention

  Statement of Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer  Nevada yesterday became the third state this year to rescind its previous call for a constitutional convention to adopt a balance budget constitutional amendment. Successful rescission efforts in New Mexico and Maryland earlier this year, along with Nevada’s rescission yesterday, have stopped the momentum of proponents seeking …

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Democracy 21 Urges OGE to Act to Ensure that Kushner’s Conflicts of Interest Problems Regarding China Are Eliminated

  In a letter sent today to Walter Shaub, head of the Office of Government Ethics, Democracy 21 urged Mr. Shaub “to take appropriate action to ensure that Mr. Kushner’s conflicts of interest and appearance of such conflicts regarding his policy responsibilities for matters dealing with China are eliminated.” Democracy 21 forwarded to Mr. Shaub …

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Democracy 21 Calls on Kushner to Disclose Foreign Lenders and Business Associates

Needs to Assure Public There Are No Conflicts of Interest with his Foreign Policy Responsibilities In a letter sent today to White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, Democracy 21 called on Kushner to make full public disclosure of the foreign business lenders, investors and business associates involved in his extensive business holdings. The letter stated. …

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CLC & Democracy 21 File FEC Complaint Against Trump Inaugural

Trump Inaugural Committee Recklessly Evaded Federal Law’s Donor Disclosure Requirements FEC should penalize committee for failing to accurately collect and report donor information The Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21 filed a complaint today with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging that the inaugural committee for President Donald Trump violated federal law by failing to …

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President Trump Gets an F for Performance on Government Integrity, Transparency and Accountability in First 100 Days

  In a statement issued today, a group of 17 organizations and individuals with expertise in governance issues gives President Donald Trump an F for his performance on government integrity, transparency and accountability in the first 100 days of his presidency. The statement said, “In the first hundred days of his Administration, President Donald Trump …

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Democracy 21 Says Ethics Rules Require Kushner to Recuse Himself from All China Matters

In a letter sent to Jared Kushner today, Democracy 21 called on President Trump’s Senior Adviser “to publicly announce now that you are recusing yourself from any involvement in a number of policy areas in order to avoid conflicts of interest and the appearance of such conflicts.” The letter pointed to Kushner’s “unprecedented White House …

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Fred Wertheimer for Huffington Post – The Battle to Preserve the Constitution

The Huffington Post The Battle to Preserve the Constitution By: Fred Wertheimer April 13, 2017 A battle over efforts to call a constitutional convention is currently taking place throughout the country. Occurring below the national radar screen, the fight has enormous consequences. Proponents are attempting to pass resolutions in 34 state legislatures that call for …

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Ethics Watchdogs Call on House Ethics Committee to Conduct Thorough & Transparent Investigation into Whether Nunes Violated House Ethics Rules

  Democracy 21, joined by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Government (CREW), sent a letter today to Chairwoman Susan Brooks and Ranking Member Ted Deutch on the House Ethics Committee calling on them to conduct a thorough and publicly credible investigation of the serious questions that have been raised about the conduct of Rep. …

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Nunes Steps Down from Leading Russia Investigation After Democracy 21 & CREW Requested an OCE Inquiry

  On March 28 and again on April 4, Democracy 21, joined by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, requested the Office of Congressional Ethics to conduct an inquiry into whether House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes had disclosed classified information in violation of House Ethics rules. House Rule 23, clause 13 requires a member to swear …

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