NY Times Editorial: “The Custom-Made ‘Super PAC’”

According to the editorial: The family-financed super PACs are only the latest and most outrageous examples of how super PACs are used in this campaign cycle to evade the limits on donations. These spending groups are now a virtual requirement in competitive congressional elections. Saul Anuzis, formerly the chairman of the Michigan Republican Party, said …

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Reform Groups Urge Senators to Support Legislation to Curb Bundling by Lobbyists for Members of Congress

In a statement issued today, reform groups urged Senators to support the Lobbying and Campaign Finance Reform Act of 2014, legislation introduced today by Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) that would limit the ability of lobbyists to use bundled contributions to obtain undue influence with members of Congress. The organizations include the Campaign Legal Center, Citizens …

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Reform Groups Urge Senate to Enact DISCLOSE Act to Close Gaping Disclosure Loopholes Used to Hide Donors from Voters

Our organizations strongly support the DISCLOSE Act of 2014 introduced today by Senator Whitehouse (D-RI) with 49 cosponsors. Our organizations include Americans for Campaign Reform, the Brennan Center for Justice, the Campaign Legal Center, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Common Cause, Democracy 21, Demos, the League of Women Voters, People For the American …

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Reform Groups Urge House Members to Co-sponsor Empowering Citizens Act (H.R.270) Sponsored by Reps. David Price and Chris Van Hollen

Comprehensive reform bill would end individual candidate Super PACs, repair presidential public financing system, create similar financing system for Congressional races and strengthen rules prohibiting coordinated spending by outside groups In a letter sent today, reform groups urged Representatives to support and co-sponsor H.R. 270, which is the most comprehensive campaign finance reform legislation pending …

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Roll Call: “Conventions or Ailing Kids? Bill Trade-Off Not as Simple as It Looks”

The Senate yesterday passed legislation by voice vote to repeal a portion of the presidential financing system. The bill, H.R. 2019, passed earlier in the House, purports to provide for a 10-year pediatric research initiative, but in reality the bill does not provide any actual increased funds to conduct pediatric research. At the same time, …

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Senate Democrats Quietly Fold to Allow Senator McConnell to Repeal Portion of Presidential Financing System

Meanwhile Senator McConnell Continues to Block All Campaign Finance Reform Measures, Including the Essential DISCLOSE Act Statement by Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer Senate Democrats today quietly folded to allow Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to repeal a portion of the presidential public financing system. Senate Democrats agreed to a unanimous consent request by …

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Reform Groups Urge Representatives to Vote No on Legislation to Restrict New IRS Rules on 501(c)(4) Standards

Reform groups sent a letter to the House urging Representatives to oppose H.R. 3865, legislation that “would prohibit the Treasury Department/IRS from adopting necessary revisions in the rules used to determine whether an organization is operating exclusively for the promotion of social welfare for purposes of tax code Section 501(c)(4).” According to the letter: The …

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NY Times Editorial: “The Line at the ‘Super PAC’ Trough”

The Times editorial discusses the dangers of individual candidate Super PACs and endorses the Empowering Citizens Act, introduced by Representatives David Price and Chris Van Hollen, as legislation to deal with this dangerous problem. According to the editorial, “This election year will be the moment when individual candidate super PACs – a form of legalized …

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Reform Groups Urge Reps. to Vote No on Legislation to Delay/Prohibit New IRS Rules

Reform groups today sent a letter to members of the House Ways and Means Committee urging Representatives to oppose legislation currently under consideration by the Committee that would mandate a one-year delay in the current rulemaking by the Treasury Department/Internal Revenue Service to modify regulations governing standards for “social welfare” organizations under section 501(c)(4) of …

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Reform Groups Urge Senators to Vote No on House-Passed “Fig Leaf” Bill

Reform groups today sent a letter to the Senate urging Senators to oppose H.R. 2019, sponsored by Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS) and passed last month by the House. The legislation purported to provide funding for a 10-year pediatric research initiative and to pay for this by repealing a portion of the presidential public financing system. …

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