Fred Wertheimer op-ed: Bush Super PAC Scheme Would Violate 2002 Campaign Finance Law

Reuters Why Jeb Bush’s super PAC plan is potentially illegal Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is preparing to push the role of the individual-candidate super PAC to new, brazen heights. The Bush campaign is reportedly planning to reverse the role of Bush’s campaign committee and the “independent” super PAC supporting him – so that the super PAC …

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Washington Post: “2016 candidates build new financing system. Are they mocking the rules?”

According to Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer: Ask 100 ordinary Americans if all of these individuals who are running around the country, building campaign staffs and raising money for individual candidate Super PACs, are presidential candidates and 100 ordinary Americans will answer of course they are candidates. The rules that prevent presidential candidates and potential …

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Fred Wertheimer Oped for Reuters “Democracy is Drowning in a sea of dark money”

Reuters Democracy is drowning in a sea of dark money By Fred Wertheimer The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United five years ago left the nation’s campaign finance system in shambles and our constitutional system of representative government dangerously undermined. Citizens United threw out a century of national policy and overturned decades of Supreme Court precedent to …

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Fred Wertheimer for Huffington Post: “A Call to Arms”

The Huffington Post A Call to Arms By: Fred Wertheimer In 1789, the Founding Fathers created a constitutional system of government by the people. In 2010, five Supreme Court Justices — Roberts, Kennedy, Scalia, Thomas and Alito — changed it to a constitutional system of government by millionaires, billionaires and corporations. In the Citizens United …

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Wall Street Journal: “Sharing Data on Twitter Raises Campaign-Finance Questions”

The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire Blog Sharing Data on Twitter Raises Campaign-Finance Questions By: Rebecca Ballhaus and Patrick O’Connor The reported use of Twitter accounts to quietly communicate polling information between political allies has raised new questions about how outside groups are sharing information with candidates and their political parties, activities that are regulated by campaign …

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Huffington Post: “Mitch McConnell’s Triumph Strikes Worry In The Hearts Of Campaign Finance Reformers”

According to the article: If Congress moves to block new IRS rules on nonprofits’ political spending through a rider or other means, Wertheimer said he will fight it. “This is open and shut that the [current] regulations do not comply with the law,” he said. “If Congress blocks this, we will bring our lawsuit again.” …

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Washington Post: “Billionaires Adelson and Saban, at odds in campaigns, unite on Israel and hit Obama”

The Post article illustrates the link between billionaires’ unlimited political money and their desire to determine U.S. government policies. The Washington Post Billionaires Adelson and Saban, at odds in campaigns, unite on Israel and hit Obama By Philip Rucker and Tom Hamburger  The billionaire political kingmakers planning to bankroll much of the 2016 presidential campaign spoke out together …

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Fred Wertheimer for Huffington Post “2014 Election Confirms Citizens United Decision Based on Fundamentally Flawed Premises”

The Huffington Post 2014 Election Confirms Citizens United Decision Based on Fundamentally Flawed Premises By: Fred Wertheimer The 2014 congressional elections confirmed that the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United was based on fundamentally flawed premises. The Court majority in Citizens United explicitly based its misguided decision on two grounds: campaign expenditures by outside groups …

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Fred Wertheimer in New Yorker – “The Money Midterms: A Scandal in Slow Motion”

The New Yorker -  The Money Midterms: A Scandal in Slow Motion By: Evan Osnos In 1971, after studying law at Harvard, Fred Wertheimer became the chief lobbyist for Common Cause, a non-profit that aimed to limit the corrosive influence of money in politics. He was thirty-two years old. “Watergate comes along the next year, …

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