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

Democracy 21 and Public Citizen joined the Campaign Legal Centerin filing an amici brief in Independence Institute v. Gessler,urging theU.S. District Court for the District of Colorado to dismiss a challenge to the Colorado Constitution’s “electioneering communications” disclosure provisions. The state law is materially identical to the federal “electioneering communications” disclosure statute which was upheld …

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District Court Urged to Reject Challenge to Disclosure Provisions

On Friday September 19th, Democracy 21 and Public Citizen joined with the Campaign Legal Center in filing an amici brief in Independence Institute v. Federal Election Commission (FEC), urging the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to dismiss a challenge to the federal “electioneering communications” disclosure provisions upheld by the Supreme Court as recently …

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District Court Urged to Uphold SEC’s Pay-to-Play Rules Covering State Investment Funds

Democracy 21 joined the Campaign Legal Center in filing an amici brief in New York Republican State Committee v. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) urging the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to deny a preliminary injunction and dismiss the latest challenge to pay-to-play laws. The state Republican parties of New York and Tennessee are challenging an SEC …

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Fred Wertheimer on Justice Roberts, rise of joint fundraising committees

According to Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer: In his opinion in McCutcheon v Federal Election Commission, Chief Justice Roberts said that scenarios, such as the large scale joint fundraising committees described in briefs submitted to defend the federal aggregate contribution limits, were “divorced from reality.” The Center for Public Integrity article below provides a new …

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Wertheimer: “It’s Chief Justice Roberts who is “divorced from reality”"

According to Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer: As the enclosed POLITICO article makes clear, it is Chief Justice Roberts who is “divorced from reality,” not those of us who submitted briefs in the McCutcheon case to explain that donors would be giving huge contributions if the limits on the total contributions by an individual to …

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RNC Legal Challenge to Political Party Soft Money Ban Filed Today Has Already Been Rejected Twice by Supreme Court

Statement by Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer The RNC filed a lawsuit today in Federal District Court in Washington, D.C. challenging for the third time the ban on national parties raising and spending unlimited contributions, or soft money. They have lost this same argument twice before in the Supreme Court. The RNC lost this argument …

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