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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Huffington Post: “Democrats, Republicans take advantage of new big-money rules”

The Huffington Post Democrats, Republicans take advantage of new big-money rules By: Paul Blumenthal WASHINGTON — Both the Republican and Democratic parties are raising historic sums from single donors for the 2014 midterm elections under new rules resulting from a major Supreme Court ruling in April. The Supreme Court’s McCutcheon decision struck down aggregate campaign contribution …

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NY Times: “Secret G.O.P. Records Reveal Corporate Donors Paying for Access to Governors”

Secret G.O.P. Records Reveal Corporate Donors Paying for Access to Governors By JONATHAN WEISMAN WASHINGTON — In politics, it is sometimes better to be lucky than good. Republicans and Democrats, and groups sympathetic to both, spend millions on sophisticated technology to gain an advantage. They do it to exploit vulnerabilities and to make their own information …

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Fred Wertheimer for Huffington Post: “Individual-Candidate Super PACs Threaten to Wipe Out Candidate Contribution Limits”

In 1974, Congress enacted limits on contributions to candidates to prevent corruption. Today, these contribution limits are in danger of being wiped out by individual-candidate Super PACs. The Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision in 2010 unleashed the world of Super PACs into our elections. Along with them, came individual-candidate Super PACs. Super PACs raise unlimited contributions from …

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NY Times: “Small Donations Fueled ‘Most Wide-Open’ Mayoral Race Last Year, Board Says”

According to Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer: There are small donor, public matching funds bills pending in Congress. Democracy 21 supports H.R.270, The Empowering Citizens Act introduced by Representatives David Price and Chris Van Hollen, which is closely modeled after the New York City system described in the article below and in the New York …

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The New York Times: “Cuomo’s Office Hobbled State Ethics Inquiries”

According to Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer, “The exhaustive investigative journalism set forth in this article details a cautionary tale about how difficult it is to root out a system of political money corruption when it is engrained in the political culture of a state’s government and leaders.” The New York Times Cuomo’s Office Hobbled …

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The New York Times: “Milking the Money Machine”

According to Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer: The Times column points out that the amount of secret contributions being spent in federal elections by tax-exempt groups has dramatically increased in recent years to more than $300 million in the 2012 races. The public overwhelming supports disclosure of campaign money and the Supreme Court overwhelmingly supports …

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Huffington Post: “A Personal Super PAC Is the Latest Weapon for This Year’s Senate Candidate”

According to the article, “This year, for the first time since the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling unleashed the unlimited-money super PAC, the majority of Senate races feature super PACs that focus on just one candidate.” According to the article: Back in 2011, Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer issued a warning over the presidential-wannabe super PACs. …

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