Supreme Court Today Denies Review of Second Circuit Court of Appeals Decision Upholding the Constitutionality of the Connecticut Public Financing Law

    Statement of Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer The Supreme Court today denied a request for the Court to review the decision by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in Green Party v. Lenge that upheld the constitutionality of the provisions of the Connecticut public financing law for the financing of minor party candidates. …

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Statement of Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer on Federal Judge’s “New” Misguided Decision to Overturn the Ban on Corporate Contributions

Today, a federal district court judge in Alexandria,Virginia reaffirmed an opinion he issued on May 26, 2011 that held unconstitutional the 100 year old ban on corporate contributions to federal candidates. In so doing, the judge, in essence, overruled an existing Supreme Court decision issued less than a decade ago in FEC v. Beaumont, which …

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Statement by Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer: Federal District Court Judge Inappropriately Attempts to Overrule Supreme Court Decision

A federal district court judge in Alexandria, Virginia issued an opinion yesterday ruling that the ban on corporate contributions to federal candidates enacted in 1907 is unconstitutional. The ruling was issued in United States v. William Danielczyk, Jr, et al. Less than a decade ago, the Supreme Court in Federal Election Commission v. Beaumont (2003) explicitly upheld the …

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For Second Time RNC Attacks on Campaign Finance Laws Rejected by Supreme Court, Court to Hear State Campaign Finance Case Next Monday

By: Fred Wertheimer President, Democracy 21 For the second time in less than a year the Supreme Court has rejected a challenge brought by the RNC to the federal campaign finance laws and to past Supreme Court rulings. In Cao v. FEC, the Supreme Court yesterday denied a certiorari petition to review the case and …

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January 21, 2011: A Day to Keep Moving Forward to Mitigate the Enormous Damage Done by the Citizens United Decision

By: Fred Wertheimer On January 21, 2010, one year ago tomorrow, five Supreme Court Justices issued a disastrous decision that initiated a dangerous sea change in American politics. The Supreme Court by a 5 to 4 vote in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission struck down a century of U.S. policy and decades of Court …

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Statement of Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer Praising Supreme Court Decision Reaffirming the Constitutionality of the Soft Money Ban

The Supreme Court today summarily affirmed the constitutionality of the soft money ban by a 6 to 3 vote. This is an extremely important victory that stops the recent serious erosion by the Supreme Court of the nation’s campaign finance laws. The decision is a major victory for those who support anti-corruption laws to protect …

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Citizen United Decision Does Open a Major Loophole for Foreign Interests to Participate in Federal Elections Through Domestic-Controlled Corporations, Congress Needs to Act Quickly to Close the Loophole

Last night in his State of the Union address, President Obama called on Congress to enact legislation to correct the problems caused by the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Citizens United v. FEC. The President said that the decision “reversed a century of law to open the floodgates for special interests – including foreign corporations …

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The Court’s Blow to Democracy; The Supreme Court removes important limits on campaign finance

Today editorials appeared in The New York Times entitled “The Court’s Blow to Democracy” and The Washington Post entitled “The Supreme Court removes important limits on campaign finance.” The New York Times The Court’s Blow to Democracy Editorial January 22, 2010 With a single, disastrous 5-to-4 ruling, the Supreme Court has thrust politics back to …

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Supreme Court Decision in Citizens United Case is Disaster for American People and Dark Day for the Court

Destructive Decision Turns Back Clock to 19th Century; Chief Justice Roberts Abandons His Public Commitment to “Judicial Modesty” and “Respect for Precedent” Statement of Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer Today’s Supreme Court decision in theCitizens United case is a disaster for the American people and a dark day for the Supreme Court. The decision will …

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