Fred Wertheimer for SCOTUSblog on McCutcheon & the Supreme Court

Symposium: The Supreme Court and the McCutcheon decision The Supreme Court majority in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission has continued on its step-by-step path to destroy the nation’s campaign finance laws. The Court in McCutcheon overturned forty years of national policy and thirty-eight years of judicial precedent to strike down the overall limits on the total contributions an individual …

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Washington Post: “The ‘Sheldon Primary’ is one reason Americans distrust the political system”

By Dan Balz– Several prospective Republican presidential candidates have gathered in Las Vegas for the opening round of what has been dubbed “the Sheldon Primary,” an event emblematic of how warped the system for financing presidential elections has become. The Sheldon Primary is named for Sheldon Adelson, the wealthy casino owner who, with his wife, poured …

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NY Times Op-ed: “Billion Dollar Babies”

By: Gail Collins The Koch brothers are in the news more than Justin Bieber. This week, the billionaire siblings from Kansas made the top 10 in Forbes’s list of wealthiest people on the planet. In fact, if you lump Charles and David Koch together, they’re No. 1. Meanwhile, in the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid …

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NY Times Editorial: “Change the Rules on Secret Money”

In November, when the Internal Revenue Service finally stirred itself to propose a modest crackdown on the abuse of the tax code by political groups, it was immediately attacked by tax-exempt nonprofit groups on the right. That wasn’t too surprising; secret donations from conservatives to these groups are the principal reason American politics is now dominated by …

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NY Times Editorial: “The Line at the ‘Super PAC’ Trough”

The Times editorial discusses the dangers of individual candidate Super PACs and endorses the Empowering Citizens Act, introduced by Representatives David Price and Chris Van Hollen, as legislation to deal with this dangerous problem. According to the editorial, “This election year will be the moment when individual candidate super PACs – a form of legalized …

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Fred Wertheimer Article for POLITICO Magazine: “Legalized Bribery”

POLITICO Magazine Legalized Bribery Four years on, Citizens United is ruining democracy. Here’s how to get it back. By FRED WERTHEIMER Exactly four years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court changed the landscape of American politics—and in ways we have yet to understand fully. In its 5-to-4 decision in Citizens United v. FEC, the court struck …

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NY Times Editorial: “A victory against dark money”

The New York Times A Victory Against Dark Money By: the Editorial Board A group of wealthy donors wanted to give millions to two right-wing California political campaigns last year, but didn’t want anyone to know their identities. They came up with a scheme that any money-launderer would be proud of, funneling the cash through …

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