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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The New York Times: “Cuomo’s Office Hobbled State Ethics Inquiries”

According to Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer, “The exhaustive investigative journalism set forth in this article details a cautionary tale about how difficult it is to root out a system of political money corruption when it is engrained in the political culture of a state’s government and leaders.” The New York Times Cuomo’s Office Hobbled …

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The New York Times: “Milking the Money Machine”

According to Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer: The Times column points out that the amount of secret contributions being spent in federal elections by tax-exempt groups has dramatically increased in recent years to more than $300 million in the 2012 races. The public overwhelming supports disclosure of campaign money and the Supreme Court overwhelmingly supports …

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Huffington Post: “A Personal Super PAC Is the Latest Weapon for This Year’s Senate Candidate”

According to the article, “This year, for the first time since the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling unleashed the unlimited-money super PAC, the majority of Senate races feature super PACs that focus on just one candidate.” According to the article: Back in 2011, Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer issued a warning over the presidential-wannabe super PACs. …

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Watchdog Groups Again Call on IRS to Deny Crossroads GPS Tax-Exempt Status as 501(c)(4) Group

Groups Send FEC General Counsel’s Report to IRS Finding  Major Purpose of Crossroads was Federal Campaign Activity  Democracy 21, joined by the Campaign Legal Center, again urged the IRS to deny the application filed by Crossroads GPS for tax exempt status as a section 501(c)(4) “social welfare” organization. According to the letter from the watchdog …

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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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