Explanation of Stop Super PAC-Candidate Coordination Act (H.R.425)

The Stop Super PAC-Candidate Coordination Act (H.R. 425) sponsored by Representatives David Price (D-NC) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD deals with two important campaign finance problems. The Act shuts down individual-candidate Super PACs and strengthens the rules that prohibit coordination between other outside spenders and candidates and parties. The provisions in the Act are also …

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Summary of DISCLOSE Act

The DISCLOSE Act is sponsored in the House by Representative Van Hollen and in the Senate by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and has been introduced in each of the past two Congresses. In the Citizens United case, the Supreme Court, while striking down the ban on corporate expenditures in federal elections, upheld, by an 8 …

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Summary of Stop Super PAC-Candidate Coordination Act

The Stop Super PAC-Candidate Coordination Act is also sponsored by Representatives Price and Van Hollen and contains just the super PAC/coordination provisions found in the Empowering Citizens Act.  Both bills define a super PAC to be coordinated with a candidate when: – the super PAC is directly or indirectly established by or at the request …

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Summary of Empowering Citizens Act

The Empowering Citizens Act, sponsored by Representatives David Price (D-NC) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), is the most comprehensive campaign finance reform legislation in Congress. The legislation would repair the presidential public financing system, create a public financing system for congressional races, shut down individual-candidate super PACs and strengthen the rules prohibiting coordination between candidates …

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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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Fred Wertheimer: “Who Shot John: The Story of How $777,600 Contribution “Limits” Ended up in The Omnibus Bill”

By Fred Wertheimer Campaign finance laws are generally enacted to solve problems and deal with corruption scandals. The Federal Election Campaign Act Amendments of 1974 (FECA) followed the Watergate scandals of the 1970s. The Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (BCRA) followed the soft money scandals of the 1990s. Last week, just the opposite occurred. …

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Reform groups today sent a letter to Congress strongly urging Senators and Representatives to vote no on the Omnibus Appropriations bill. If enacted, the bill contains the most destructive and corrupting campaign finance provisions ever passed by Congress.   Dear Representative, Our organizations strongly urge you to vote NO on the Omnibus Appropriations bill. If …

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Reform Groups Urge Congress to Vote No on Omnibus Bill and the Destructive Campaign Finance Provisions

Reform groups today sent a letter to Congress strongly urging Senators and Representatives to vote no on the Omnibus Appropriations bill. If enacted, the bill contains the most corrupting campaign finance provisions ever passed by Congress.   Dear Representative, Our organizations strongly urge you to vote NO on the Omnibus Appropriations bill. If you vote …

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Fred Wertheimer Statement on Reid-McConnell “Bipartisan” Deal to Eviscerate Anti-Corruption Campaign Finance Laws

The nation has been crying out for our leaders in Washington to work together. The incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been talking about wanting to put together bipartisan agreements and legislation. But I don’t think the destruction by Republican Leader McConnell and Senate Majority Leader Reid of critically important anti-corruption campaign finance laws …

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Reform Groups Urge Members to Vote Against Omnibus Appropriations Bill With Destructive Campaign Finance Provisions

Reform groups today sent a letter to Congress strongly urging Senators and Representatives to vote against the Omnibus Appropriations bill as long as it contains the destructive campaign finance provisions that were buried in the bill. The letter is enclosed below.   Dear Senator, Our organizations strongly urge you to oppose the Omnibus Appropriations bill …

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