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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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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