Fred Wertheimer – “Did Chief Justice Roberts Dissemble or did the Chief Justice Have no Idea What He Was Talking About?”

In the recently decided McCutcheon case, Chief Justice Roberts in his opinion breezily dismissed examples submitted in briefs by Democracy 21 and others of what would happen if the Supreme Court struck down the limits on the total contributions an individual could give to federal candidates and political parties. The examples before the Supreme Court …

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Fred Wertheimer for SCOTUSblog on McCutcheon & the Supreme Court

Symposium: The Supreme Court and the McCutcheon decision The Supreme Court majority in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission has continued on its step-by-step path to destroy the nation’s campaign finance laws. The Court in McCutcheon overturned forty years of national policy and thirty-eight years of judicial precedent to strike down the overall limits on the total contributions an individual …

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Fred Wertheimer “The Consequences of Today’s Disastrous Decision by the Supreme Court Majority in the McCutcheon Case”

The Supreme Court today struck down the overall limits on the total amounts that an individual could give to party committees and to federal candidates in a two-year election cycle. With its decision, the Court overturned 40 years of national policy and 38 years of judicial precedent. The Court today held that the overall contribution …

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FEC Complaint Calls for Investigation of Possible Illegal Contributions & Coordination by Montana Congressional Candidate & Super PAC He Founded

Democracy 21 joined with the Campaign Legal Center in urging the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to investigate possible illegal in-kind contributions and coordination between Montana congressional candidate Ryan Zinke and the Super PAC he formed and that now supports his candidacy.  The complaint, based on published reports, points to the Special Forces for America’s (SOFA) …

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The McCutcheon Case:The Legal and Political Consequences if the Supreme Court Strikes Down Overall Contribution Limits

By Fred Wertheimer In the Citizens United case, the Supreme Court by a 5 to 4 vote struck down the longstanding ban on expenditures by corporations in federal elections. In doing so, the Court opened the door to vast amounts of unlimited contributions and secret money being spent in federal elections – some $1billion in …

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Watchdogs Reiterate to FEC Before Vote that Tea Party Group Does Not Qualify for Disclosure Exemption Originating with NAACP in Jim Crow South

Today, Democracy 21 joined with the Campaign Legal Center in filing comments on two draft advisory opinions released by the Federal Election Commission (FEC) that will be voted on at the FEC’s public meeting tomorrow.  The draft opinions have been issued in response to an advisory opinion request from the Tea Party Leadership Fund (TPLF) …

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Campaign Legal Center & Democracy 21 Send Letter to Congress on Assault on Disclosure Laws

In a letter sent today to members of Congress, the Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21 challenged the claims by disclosure opponents that campaign finance disclosure laws are unconstitutional violations of First Amendment free speech rights. The letter documented the fact that since the Citizens United decision in 2010 upholding disclosure laws, courts throughout the …

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Fred Wertheimer on MSNBC: “Did Citizens United Corrupt Elections?”

MSNBC Did Citizens United Corrupt Elections? In an interview with Chuck Todd on his show, The Daily Rundown, Wertheimer explains that the McCain-Feingold law prohibiting unlimited contributions to political parties accomplished its purposes and is not part of the problem today. Wertheimer also discusses the Citizens United decision and the very serious problems it has …

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Statement by Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer On McCutcheon Case

The Supreme Court’s decision in the McCutcheon case is profoundly important to the health of our democracy and our citizens’ interests in honest and fair government. The Supreme Court must not open the door to the corruption of our democracy by striking down the contribution limits at issue in this case. The Supreme Court should …

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