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 …

Read More →

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 …

Read More →

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 …

Read More →

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 …

Read More →

Fred Wertheimer for Huffington Post: “Citizens United Consequences Part Two: Super Rich Empowered, Ordinary Americans Undermined, Democracy Subverted”

This op-ed is the second in a three part series on the consequences of the Citizens United decision. The first op-ed, entitled “Citizens United and its Disastrous Consequences: The Decision”, can be found here. The Huffington Post  Citizens United Consequences Part Two: Super Rich Empowered, Ordinary Americans Undermined, Democracy Subverted  By: Fred Wertheimer  January 20, 2015  …

Read More →

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 …

Read More →

Wertheimer: Maine Sun Journal article shows candidate & party limits being undermined by Hillary Victory Fund

According to Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer: The Supreme Court in the McCutcheon decision struck down the aggregate limit on the total amount an individual donor could give to all party committees. By doing so, the Supreme Court made it possible for candidates and officeholders to solicit and for donors to give very large checks …

Read More →

Riders on Party Spending Limits & Public Financing Left Out of Omnibus But Other Damaging Campaign Finance Riders Included

Statement of Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer Democracy 21 thanks and commends President Obama, House Democratic Leader Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Reid, and other Democratic members of Congress who worked on this, for their successful efforts to keep three very damaging campaign finance riders out of the final Omnibus spending bill. We also join …

Read More →

Reform Groups Urge Democratic Leaders to Oppose Any Efforts to Kill Presidential Tax Checkoff System in Omnibus

  Reforms groups sent a letter today enclosed below to President Barack Obama, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid urging them to block any last minute efforts to kill the presidential tax check off system in the Omnibus spending bill. The reform groups include Campaign Legal Center, Common Cause, CREW, …

Read More →

Democracy 21 and Campaign Legal Center Call for Justice Department Investigation of Group Supporting Rubio Campaign and Improperly Claiming 501(c)(4) Status

 In a letter sent today to the Tax Division of the Justice Department, Democracy 21, joined by the Campaign Legal Center, called for an investigation of the Conservative Solutions Project (CSP), an organization claiming tax-exempt status as a social welfare organization under section 501(c)(4) of the tax code. According to the letter, “The investigation should …

Read More →
Page 1 of 1512345...10...Last »