Fred Wertheimer for Huffington Post: “Citizens United and its Disastrous Consequences: The Decision”

  January 21 marks the sixth anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, one of the worst and most damaging decisions in the Court’s history. In the case, the Supreme Court, by a 5 to 4 vote, ruled that it was unconstitutional to ban corporations from making independent expenditures …

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How Chief Justice Roberts and Four Supreme Court Colleagues Gave the Nation a System of Legalized Bribery

Fred Wertheimer for Huffington Post The Supreme Court began its fall term this week. This seems like a good time to pause for a moment and revisit how decisions by Chief Justice John Roberts and four of his Supreme Court colleagues during the past five years have given the nation a system of legalized bribery. …

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Fred Wertheimer for Huffington Post: “National Political Parties Walk Away From Ordinary Americans to Chase Super Rich for Million Dollar Donations”

  An article published yesterday by The Washington Post, revealed that the Democratic and Republican national parties have set up programs to seek contributions of $1 million or more for the 2016 election. The Democratic and Republican national parties have now joined the 2016 presidential candidates as supplicants chasing the richest individuals in the United …

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Fred Wertheimer for Huffington Post: “The Koch Brothers’ Magic Trick”

In August, 2015, Charles and David Koch gathered their fellow billionaires and multimillionaires at a semi-annual meeting of the Koch network “to save” the country, in the words of Charles Koch. It was not exactly the same kind of meeting that occurred in July 1776 when the Founding Fathers gathered in Philadelphia to create a …

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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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