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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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Democracy 21 and Campaign Legal Center Urge FEC Commissioners to Reject Proposal from Commissioner Goodman

  Democracy 21 and the Campaign Legal Center sent a letter today to the FEC Commissioners urging them to reject a proposal to be offered at the agency’s October 29 meeting by Commissioner Lee Goodman to provide “regulatory relief for political parties. According to the letter: The most alarming suggestion in this proposal is to …

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Watchdog Groups File FEC Comments Supporting Rulemaking to Revise Flawed Regulations

  Democracy 21 and the Campaign Legal Center filed comments today in support of a Public Citizen rulemaking petition seeking revisions of the FEC’s flawed disclosure and coordination regulations. The comments noted that the two organizations also filed comments last January, in a similar rulemaking proceeding, also seeking new disclosure and coordination rules.  The comments …

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Democracy 21 President Slams FEC Advisory Opinion Request From Democratic Super PACs

 Today, Democracy 21 joined the Campaign Legal Center in strongly urging the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to reject the request from Senate Majority PAC and House Majority PAC to follow the lead of a number of GOP Super PACs in breaking a variety of laws through coordinated activities with candidates.  The watchdog groups filed comments …

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California Adopts Strong New Anti-Coordination Rules; Similar Approach Used in Democracy 21 Model Bill

  The California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) last week adopted strong new rules to prevent coordination between outside spending groups and the California candidates they are supporting. The new FPPC rules are designed to protect the integrity of candidate contribution limits in the wake of the Supreme Court’s disastrous Citizens United decision. Coordination between …

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How Chief Justice Roberts and Four Supreme Court Colleagues Gave the Nation a System of Legalized Bribery

Fred Wertheimer for Huffington Post The Supreme Court began its fall term this week. This seems like a good time to pause for a moment and revisit how decisions by Chief Justice John Roberts and four of his Supreme Court colleagues during the past five years have given the nation a system of legalized bribery. …

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