Statement of Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer Raising Concerns about New 501(c)(4) Tax-Exempt Group Formed by Former Obama White House Officials

Bill Burton, former White House deputy press secretary to President Obama and Sean Sweeney a former top aide of previous White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel have announced the creation of two new groups, Priorities USA, a 501(c)(4) tax-exempt group and Priorities USA Action, a section 527 political organization. The two groups clearly have …

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Democracy 21 President Challenges Absurd Attacks by Chamber of Commerce Lobbyist on Campaign Finance Disclosure as an "Alice-in Wonderland" Approach to Transparency

In a New York Times article today, Chamber of Commerce lobbyist R. Bruce Josten is quoted as saying that an Executive Order being considered by the White House to require government contractors to disclose their campaign finance activities "is meant to have a chilling effect." According to the article, "Mr. Josten said that the order …

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Democracy 21 Slams House Republicans for Passing Legislation to Turn the Presidency Over to Influence-Seeking Big Donors, Bundlers and Corporate and Other Outside Spenders

Statement of Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer In passing legislation today to repeal the presidential public financing system, House Republicans voted to turn the presidency over to influence-seeking big donors, bundlers and corporate and other outside spenders. This battle now moves to the Senate where the legislation must be defeated. Democracy 21 greatly appreciates President …

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Statement by Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer at Press Conference Today by Reform Groups in Support of the DISCLOSE Act

We have just come through an election where huge amounts of secret contributions were spent in the congressional races. We cannot go through another national election with this sure-fire formula for influence-buying corruption. Our organizations are calling on the Senate to schedule and pass the disclosure provisions of the DISCLOSE Act. There is no question …

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Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer Defends DISCLOSE Act Against Attack by Former RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie

Former RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie Attacks DISCLOSE Act as Crossroads GPS, the Brainchild of Gillespie and Republican  Operative Karl Rove, Spends Tens of Millions of Dollars in Secret Contributions in 2010 Elections Statement of Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer In an op-ed article that appeared today in The Washington Post, former RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie …

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DISCLOSE Act Falls One Vote Short of Reaching Senate Floor for Consideration; Statement of Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer

The Senate was again one vote short today of being able to send the DISCLOSE Act to the floor for consideration and action. The successful effort by Republican Senators to block Senate action on the DISCLOSE Act is a great loss for the American people, who have a basic right to know who is providing …

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Op-ed by Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer in POLITICO: Secret funds flow into races

Ever since the 1972 Federal Election Campaign Act passed, public disclosure of the money used to influence elections has been a cardinal rule of U.S. politics.   Voters’ right to know who is behind the money spent trying to sway them was firmly established by the Supreme Court’s 1976 decision in Buckley v. Valeo, which …

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Op-ed by Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer in The Hill: Voters have a right to know who is behind the money being spent in elections

When the Supreme Court in the Citizens United decision struck down the ban on corporate expenditures to influence federal elections, five Justices radically changed our political system. The 5-4 Court decision elevated the status of corporations in our democracy and freed them to use their immense, aggregate wealth to flood elections and buy influence over …

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Myths and Realities Regarding Claims that Labor Unions are Treated More Favorably than Corporations by the DISCLOSE Act, Passed in June by the House and Pending in the Senate

By Fred WertheimerPresident, Democracy 21 The DISCLOSE Act passed the House on June 24, 2010 and is pending in the Senate. The Act became necessary as a result of the Supreme Court decision earlier this year in the Citizens United case that held unconstitutional the ban on campaign expenditures by corporations and labor unions in …

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