Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer: A Campaign Finance Reform Agenda for 2013

A Campaign Finance Reform Agenda for 2013 Statement by Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer The Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United case has had a disastrous impact on our political system. As a result of the decision, Super PACs and 501(c) nonprofit groups spent $1 billion in unlimited contributions from millionaires, billionaires, corporations, labor unions and …

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Democracy 21 Endorses the Empowering Citizens Act Introduced by Representatives David Price and Chris Van Hollen

Democracy 21 Endorses the Empowering Citizens Act Introduced by Representatives David Price and Chris Van Hollen Bill Empowers Citizens Making Small Contributions to Play Key Role in Financing Federal Elections, Defines Super PACs Operating as Arms of Candidates as Coordinated and Illegal Statement of Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer Democracy 21 strongly endorses the comprehensive …

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Reform Groups Urge Representatives to Oppose Repeal of Public Financing of Conventions

The enclosed letter was sent by reform groups yesterday urging House members to oppose the Cole bill, H.R. 5912, scheduled to be on the suspension calendar today. The reform groups include Americans for Campaign Reform, Brennan Center for Justice, the Campaign Legal Center, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Common Cause, Democracy 21, League …

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Statement by Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer: Republican Senators Vote to Protect Secret, Corrupting Contributions over Protecting the American People

Republican Senators Vote to Protect Secret, Corrupting Contributions over Protecting the American People Statement of Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer Democracy 21 greatly appreciates the outstanding national leadership provided by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) in leading the Senate effort to pass the DISCLOSE Act. We also greatly appreciate the votes cast by each Senator who …

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Reform Groups Urge Senators to Pass DISCLOSE Act of 2012

Dear Senator, The 156 undersigned national, regional and local organizations support S. 3369, the DISCLOSE Act of 2012, sponsored by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. The legislation would provide the public with basic information about campaign expenditures made by outside groups that are influencing federal elections and the donors financing these expenditures. The legislation would also provide …

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Reform Groups Urge Senators to Pass DISCLOSE Act of 2012

  Dear Senator, The 156 undersigned national, regional and local organizations support S. 3369, the DISCLOSE Act of 2012, sponsored by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. The legislation would provide the public with basic information about campaign expenditures made by outside groups that are influencing federal elections and the donors financing these expenditures. The legislation would also …

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Fred Wertheimer: 14 Current Republican Senators Voted for Disclosure Legislation Enacted in 2000

Democracy 21 Calls on Republican Senators to Recognize Secret Money Corrupts Democracy and to Return to Past Support for Disclosure Laws Fourteen Current Republican Senators Voted for Loophole-Closing Disclosure Legislation Enacted in 2000   Statement of Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has spent his entire career obstructing, filibustering and opposing …

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Wertheimer op-ed: Senator McConnell “Pounds the Table” in Opposing Campaign Finance Disclosure Long Upheld by Supreme Court

Senator McConnell “Pounds the Table” in Opposing Campaign Finance Disclosure Long Upheld by Supreme Court By Fred Wertheimer, Democracy 21 President There is an old saying in the legal profession that goes like this: “If you don’t have the law pound the facts, if you don’t have the facts pound the law, if you don’t …

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Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer Refutes Senator McConnell’s Misguided and Meritless Attack on Campaign Finance Disclosure in Speech Today at AEI

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell today attempted to turn the world upside down in a speech he gave at AEI that attacked the very idea of campaign finance disclosure, which has been the cornerstone of campaign finance laws for many decades. Senator McConnell conveniently forgets that secret campaign money was at the heart of the …

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