Huffington Post: “Democrats, Republicans take advantage of new big-money rules”

The Huffington Post Democrats, Republicans take advantage of new big-money rules By: Paul Blumenthal WASHINGTON — Both the Republican and Democratic parties are raising historic sums from single donors for the 2014 midterm elections under new rules resulting from a major Supreme Court ruling in April. The Supreme Court’s McCutcheon decision struck down aggregate campaign contribution …

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Fred Wertheimer for Brennan Center “A New Campaign Finance Jurisprudence”

The Brennan Center for Justice A New Campaign Finance Jurisprudence By: Fred Wertheimer The world of campaign finance jurisprudence radically changed when Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito joined the Supreme Court in 2005 and 2006 to create a new Court majority. The Roberts majority proceeded to overturn a century of the nation’s policies and …

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Democratic FEC Commissioner Joins with Three Republican Commissioners to Gut Political Party Contribution Limits

Statement by Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer In voting today to approve an advisory opinion request made jointly by the Republican and Democratic National Committees, four FEC Commissioners invented out of thin air a new opportunity for the national parties to raise contributions in excess of the contribution limits enacted by Congress. The three Republican …

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Watchdogs Urge FEC to Reject RNC & DNC Request to Open Soft Money Loophole for Convention Funds

Democracy 21 joined the Campaign Legal Center in strongly urging the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to reject the request from the Republican National Committee (RNC) and Democratic National Committee (DNC) seeking to undermine the existing federal limits on contributions to national political parties established in the wake of Watergate.  The watchdog groups filed comments on …

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Former Supreme Court Justice Stevens Criticizes Supreme Court Decision in McCutcheon Case

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens gave an important speech last week in Washington, D.C. in which he criticized the Supreme Court’s recent campaign finance decision in the McCutcheon case. In that case, a 5-4 Court majority struck down the federal limits on the total contributions an individual could make to all candidates and all …

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Fred Wertheimer for Huffington Post: “Individual-Candidate Super PACs Threaten to Wipe Out Candidate Contribution Limits”

In 1974, Congress enacted limits on contributions to candidates to prevent corruption. Today, these contribution limits are in danger of being wiped out by individual-candidate Super PACs. The Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision in 2010 unleashed the world of Super PACs into our elections. Along with them, came individual-candidate Super PACs. Super PACs raise unlimited contributions from …

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NY Times: “Small Donations Fueled ‘Most Wide-Open’ Mayoral Race Last Year, Board Says”

According to Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer: There are small donor, public matching funds bills pending in Congress. Democracy 21 supports H.R.270, The Empowering Citizens Act introduced by Representatives David Price and Chris Van Hollen, which is closely modeled after the New York City system described in the article below and in the New York …

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Watchdog Groups Call on IRS to Adopt New Rules

In a letter sent to the IRS, Democracy 21 and the Campaign Legal Center summarized comments they had submitted regarding the ongoing IRS rulemaking proceeding to consider new regulations to govern eligibility for section 501 (c)(4) tax status. The letter stated: On May 7, 2014, the American Bar Association Section on Taxation submitted comments to …

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