Fred Wertheimer Op-ed for the Huffington Post on Fixing the Presidential Public Financing System

The Huffington Post A Cure for a Political Disaster: Fixing the Presidential Public Financing System By: Fred Wertheimer  April 20, 2016 The current system of financing presidential elections is a political disaster. And the American people are paying the price. According to Open Secrets, super PACs supporting presidential candidates have raised $416 million as of …

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Democracy 21 and Public Citizen File Amicus Brief in SCOTUS Case McDonnell vs USA

Former Virginia Governor Can’t Use First Amendment Cases to Escape Bribery Conviction, Groups Tell Supreme Court Adopting McDonnell’s Arguments Would Substitute Kleptocracy for Democracy, Say Public Citizen and Democracy 21 Former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell is wrong to use two recent U.S. Supreme Court campaign finance rulings to argue that his conviction on bribery charges …

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Reform Groups Call on FEC to Investigate & Sanction “Children of Israel LLC” for Evading Disclosure Laws

  Democracy 21 joined with the Campaign Legal Center in filing a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) that called on the agency to investigate contributions to “the ghost corporation” “Children of Israel LLC,” which funneled $400,000 to two super PACs. According to an article by The Washington Post, the mysterious California-based LLC contributed $50,000 to …

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Fred Wertheimer for Huffington Post: “Doctor No: Senator McConnell, the Supreme Court And a Thirty-Year Career of Obstructionism”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) says the American people must be heard and therefore the next Supreme Court Justice should be considered by the Senate only after the people have chosen the next president in November. This is McConnell’s “justification” for leading the Senate Republicans in opposing any hearing,   Judiciary Committee vote or Senate …

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Watchdog Groups Attack IRS Decision to Overrule Proposed Staff Denial of Crossroads GPS’ “Social Welfare” Tax Status

  In a letter sent today to the Internal Revenue Service Commissioner, Democracy 21 joined by the Campaign Legal Center criticized the IRS’ decision made without explanation to grant recognition to Crossroads GPS as a “social welfare” organization under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code. The IRS Exempt Organizations staff decided in 2013 to …

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Democracy 21 Condemns DNC’s Decision to Abandon Ban on Lobbyist Contributions

  Statement by Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer According to a Washington Post article today, the DNC has abandoned the ban on lobbyist contributions that was established for the party by President Obama. This move by the DNC is a major step in the wrong direction and is in direct conflict with the American people’s deep concerns about the …

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IRS Decision to Grant on “Social Welfare” Status of Crossroads GPS is Complete Abdication of Agency’s Duty

 Statement by Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer The reported decision by the IRS to grant “social welfare” status to Crossroads GPS is a complete abdication of the agency’s duty to enforce the tax laws. The decision was revealed today by the Center for Responsive Politics. By no stretch of the imagination can Crossroads GPS be considered …

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Reform Groups Strongly Oppose Constitutional Convention; Would Put Constitutional Rights at Risk

Statement by the Brennan Center, Center for Media and Democracy, Common Cause, CREW, Democracy 21 and People For the American Way Efforts are being undertaken in state legislatures to pass resolutions calling for a constitutional convention to send various constitutional amendments to the states for ratification. If these efforts are successful, it would result in …

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Fred Wertheimer Op-ed: A Reform Agenda to Counter Big Money in American Politics

By: Fred Wertheimer Published by: Huffington Post America today has dueling campaign finance systems for federal elections. One system, in existence for more than 40 years, provides contribution limits and disclosure requirements for federal candidates and political parties spending money in federal elections. This system was enacted by Congress and upheld by the Supreme Court …

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Reform Groups File FEC Complaint Against Senator Ted Cruz and His 2012 Senate Campaign

Today, Democracy 21 joined the Campaign Legal Center in filing a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) urging the FEC to investigate apparent violations of campaign finance laws by Senator Ted Cruz and the 2012 Cruz for Senate Campaign relating to loans he obtained from Goldman Sachs and Citibank for use in his 2012 …

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