Fred Wertheimer for American Constitution Society on Citizens United

The American Constitution Society Five Years Later, Citizens United Wreaks Havoc on Our Democracy By Fred Wertheimer, President, Democracy 21. Democracy 21 is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works to strengthen democracy, prevent government corruption and empower citizens in the political process.    On January 21, 2010, five Supreme Court justices rejected decades of the Court’s …

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Fred Wertheimer Statement on Citizens United Decision and Reform Bills Introduced Today

Five years ago today, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in Citizens United, a 5 to 4 decision that has wreaked havoc on our democracy. Chief Justice Roberts and his four colleagues ignored the country’s history, the Court’s own jurisprudence and the need to protect America’s representative system of government against corruption. Instead, Citizens United …

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Watchdogs File Comments in Post-McCutcheon FEC Rulemaking

Democracy 21 joined with the Campaign Legal Center yesterday in filing rulemaking comments urging the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to follow the Supreme Court’s recommendations in McCutcheon v. FEC to prevent corruption of candidates and circumvention of the base contribution limits after the court struck down the aggregate cap on contributions.  The watchdog groups pressed …

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Public Citizen and Democracy 21 File Amicus Brief in the Supreme Court Defending Constitutionality of Florida’s Ban on Solicitation of Campaign Contributions by Judges

Last week, Democracy 21 joined with Public Citizen to file an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court defending the constitutionality of a Florida law which bans the solicitation of campaign contributions by state court judges.  The brief was filed on December 23, 2014 in the case of Yulee v. The Florida Bar. The State of …

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Colorado District Court Urged to Reject Another Challenge to Electioneering Communications Disclosure Provisions

Today, Democracy 21 joined the Campaign Legal Center and Public Citizen in filing an amici brief in Rocky Mountain Gun Owners v. Gessler, urging the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado to dismiss a challenge to the Colorado Constitution’s “electioneering communications” disclosure provisions and deny a preliminary injunction.  The state law is materially …

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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: “A Call to Arms”

The Huffington Post A Call to Arms By: Fred Wertheimer In 1789, the Founding Fathers created a constitutional system of government by the people. In 2010, five Supreme Court Justices — Roberts, Kennedy, Scalia, Thomas and Alito — changed it to a constitutional system of government by millionaires, billionaires and corporations. In the Citizens United …

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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 for Brennan Center “A New Campaign Finance Jurisprudence”

The Brennan Center for Justice A New Campaign Finance Jurisprudence By: Fred Wertheimer The world of campaign finance jurisprudence radically changed when Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito joined the Supreme Court in 2005 and 2006 to create a new Court majority. The Roberts majority proceeded to overturn a century of the nation’s policies and …

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District Court Rejects Challenge to Disclosure Provisions Upheld by Supreme Court in Citizens United

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed a challenge to the federal “electioneering communications” disclosure provisions in Independence Institute v. Federal Election Commission (FEC). Last month, Democracy 21 and Public Citizen joined the Campaign Legal Center in filing an amici brief in the case, urging the Court to reject the suit, arguing that …

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