Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer Urges Support for the DISCLOSE Act of 2012 in Senate Testimony Today

In testimony before the Senate Rules Committee this morning, Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer urged enactment of the DISCLOSE Act of 2012 and made the case for why this is essential disclosure legislation. According to the Wertheimer testimony: The legislation restores a cardinal rule of campaign finance laws:  citizens are entitled to know who is …

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Democracy 21 Summary of DISCLOSE Act of 2012 Introduced by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

Democracy 21 Summary of DISCLOSE Act of 2012        The DISCLOSE Act of 2012 introduced in the Senate by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse requires any “covered organization” which spends $10,000 or more on a “campaign-related disbursement” to file a disclosure report with the Federal Election Commission within 24 hours of the spending, and to file …

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Statement of Democracy 21 President: New Disclosure Legislation Introduced Today By Representative Chris Van Hollen to Deal with Problems of Secret Contributions, Untimely Super PAC Disclosure

Democracy 21 applauds Representative Chris Van Hollen for taking the lead again in proposing new disclosure legislation to close gaping loopholes in the campaign finance disclosure laws which allowed more than $135 million in secret contributions to be spent by tax-exempt groups to influence the 2010 congressional races. The loopholes have occurred as a result …

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Democracy 21 Praises Bill to be Introduced Shortly by Representatives Van Hollen and Brady to Close Campaign Finance Disclosure Loopholes, Including Super PAC Disclosure Problems

Statement of Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer In a Dear Colleague letter sent yesterday to House Members, Representatives Chris Van Hollen and Robert Brady announced they would be introducing legislation shortly to close gaping loopholes in the campaign finance disclosure laws. The legislation would close loopholes in disclosure that have resulted from a combination of …

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Democracy 21 and Campaign Legal Center Challenge Legality of Proposed Soft Money Activities by RNC Shadow Group Formed by RNC Committeeman James Bopp

Statement of Fred Wertheimer, President of Democracy 21 andTrevor Potter, President of Campaign Legal Center and former FEC Chairman Recent press reports have revealed the formation of a new "Republican Super PAC" whose planned operations would appear to violate multiple federal campaign finance laws because of the involvement of members of the RNC in establishing …

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Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer Submits Written Testimony to House Hearing Strongly Supporting Government Contractor Executive Order after Chairman Issa Refuses to Allow Democratic Members of His Committee to Call any Witness

In written testimony submitted today to a joint hearing held by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the House Committee on Small Business, Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer strongly supported “the draft proposed Executive Order of the Obama Administration to require government contractors to disclose all of the campaign contributions and expenditures …

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Statement of Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer On Senate Ethics Committee Actions Regarding Former Senator John Ensign and Referral to the Justice Department

Democracy 21 congratulates the Senate Ethics Committee, its leaders, Ethics Committee Chair Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), and Vice-Chair Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and its Special Counsel for their serious and thorough investigation of former Senator John Ensign. It appears quite clear now why former Senator Ensign recently resigned from the Senate. Former Senator Ensign’s transgressions …

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Hoyer vs. Hoyer: Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer on House Minority Whip Hoyer’s Opposition to Disclosure This Year Compared with House Majority Leader Hoyer’s Support for Disclosure Last Year

Yesterday, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer announced that he opposed a draft Executive Order prepared by the Obama Administration that would require government contractors to disclose all of their campaign contributions and expenditures to influence federal elections. House Minority Whip Hoyer’s comments yesterday were in sharp conflict with the support House Majority Leader Hoyer voiced …

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Statement of Democracy 21 President at Press Conference to Support Obama Administration’s Proposed Executive Order Requiring Government Contractors to Disclose Campaign Finance Activities

   Democracy 21 joined today with more than 30 organizations to announce our strong support for the Obama Administration’s proposed Executive Order requiring government contractors to disclose their campaign finance activities.   We would not be here this morning if groups led by the Chamber of Commerce and Republican Senators had not blocked the DISCLOSE Act …

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