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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Reform Groups Urge Representatives to Vote No This Week on Latest Attempt by House Republican Leaders to Repeal, Not Fix, Presidential Public Financing System

In a letter sent today to the House of Representatives, reform groups urged House members to vote no on H.R. 2019, sponsored by Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS), which purports to provide for a 10-year pediatric research initiative and repeals the presidential public financing system. The reform groups sending the letter include Americans for Campaign Reform, …

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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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Reform Groups Call on Congress to Deal with Two IRS Scandals: Wrongful IRS Targeting of Groups and IRS Failure to Prevent Groups from Improperly Claiming 501(c)(4) Status

In a letter sent to Senators and Representatives today, reform groups called on Congress to investigate and address both of the scandals at the IRS in order to prevent the same abuses from occurring in the future. As Congress rightly investigates the improper targeting of conservative groups, the letter also stated that Members have a …

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Reform Groups Call on Congress to Close Gaping Disclosure Loopholes and Maintain Existing Contribution Limits

In a letter sent today, reform groups urged Senators and Representatives “to pass campaign finance disclosure legislation this year to close the gaping disclosure loopholes in the campaign finance laws. These loopholes resulted in more than $300 million in secret contributions being spent by outside groups to influence the 2012 presidential and congressional elections.” The …

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Fred Wertheimer Statement on Disclosure Bill Introduced By Senators Wyden and Murkowski

The introduction of campaign finance disclosure legislation yesterday by Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) is an important step forward. The bill represents a breakthrough as the first bipartisan legislation introduced in the Senate to address the problem of secret money being spent by outside groups to influence federal elections. Democracy 21 commends …

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