Watchdog Groups Challenge House Ways and Means Committee Letter Claiming IRS Pursuit of Crossroads GPS was Improper

Statement of Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer and Campaign Legal Center Executive Director J. Gerald Hebert Yesterday, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp sent a letter to the Justice Department stating that former IRS official Lois Lerner may have violated criminal statutes and asking the Department to act on the findings within the …

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Fred Wertheimer – “Did Chief Justice Roberts Dissemble or did the Chief Justice Have no Idea What He Was Talking About?”

In the recently decided McCutcheon case, Chief Justice Roberts in his opinion breezily dismissed examples submitted in briefs by Democracy 21 and others of what would happen if the Supreme Court struck down the limits on the total contributions an individual could give to federal candidates and political parties. The examples before the Supreme Court …

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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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Fred Wertheimer in Huffington Post: “A Response to the Koch Brothers Claim of Entitlement to Anonymous Political Giving”

By: Fred Wertheimer March 28, 2014 An online column by Tom Edsall on the New York Times website (March 18), entitled “In Defense of Anonymous Political Giving,” presents the arguments made by the Koch brothers to justify keeping “anonymous” the untold millions of dollars they are giving to groups to spend on campaign ads and …

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Watchdog Groups Say Kentucky Opportunity Coalition is Violating Campaign Finance Law by Republishing McConnell Campaign Materials in its TV Ad

Groups Call on 501(c)(4) Organization to Comply with Law and Stop Running Ads Using McConnell Campaign Footage In a letter sent to the Kentucky Opportunity Coalition (KOC) and the McConnell Senate Committee ’14, Democracy 21, joined by the Campaign Legal Center, called on KOC to stop running an ad that violates the federal campaign finance …

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Fred Wertheimer Challenges Call by RNC Chairman Priebus to Allow Unlimited Contributions to Political Parties

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus’s call today to allow political parties to accept unlimited contributions from corporations, wealthy individuals and special interest groups to finance nominating conventions is a call for greater corruption of our political system. Unlimited contributions to candidates and parties creates an “inherent” corrupt system as found by the Supreme Court in the …

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FEC Complaint Calls for Investigation of Possible Illegal Soft Money Solicitations by Vitter Super PAC

Democracy 21 joined with the Campaign Legal Center to file a complaint urging the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to investigate possible illegal soft money solicitations for the Super PAC of Senator David Vitter (R-LA) in excess of federal contribution limits and from sources prohibited from contributing in federal elections. The complaint alleges that Senator Vitter, …

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Ten Reform Groups Urge President Obama to Maintain his Public Position and Veto Bill that Repeals Public Funding for Presidential Nominating Conventions

Ten reform groups today wrote to President Obama strongly urging him to veto H.R. 2019 which repeals public financing for party presidential nominating conventions. H.R. 2019 passed by voice vote earlier this week in the Senate after passing the House in December 2013. The groups include Americans for Campaign Reform, Brennan Center for Justice, the Campaign Legal Center, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics …

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Democracy 21 Calls on President Obama to Either Shut Down Organizing for Action or to End Any Relationship with OFA

In a letter sent to President Obama today, Democracy 21 called on the President “to shut down Organizing for Action or, alternatively, to end any relationship that you and your Administration have with OFA.” According to the letter: Recent published reports by NBC News, The New York Times and The Washington Post indicate that Organizing …

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