Democracy 21/ACS Issue Brief: A New Federal Agency is Needed to Enforce Campaign Finance Laws

 Says President Must Act; Proposes Ideas for Reform As the U.S. Supreme Court readies to hear another case that could result in further undermining of the campaign finance laws, a new American Constitution Society Issue Brief written by Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer and its Counsel Don Simon argue that the federal agency tasked with …

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Double-Duty Donors, Part II: Large Numbers of Wealthy Donors Hit Legal Limit on Giving to Candidates, Turn to Presidential Super PACs in Continuing Trend

  Super PACs supporting presidential candidates continue to take in six- and seven-figure contributions from individuals who also have given the legal maximum to the candidate’s campaign committee. During 2011, the super PAC supporting GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney pulled in contributions from 172 individuals who also gave the legal maximum to Romney’s campaign — …

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Serious Questions Exist About Legality of Presidential Super PACs, According to Democracy 21 Report Issued Today

Unless Candidate-Specific Super PACs Stopped, System of Legalized Bribery Will Return to our Democracy, Report Says In a report issued today, Democracy 21 documented the serious questions that exist about the legality of the leading presidential candidate-specific Super PACs that are playing a major role in the 2012 presidential election. The Democracy 21 report also …

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Elite Donors Do Double Duty: Presidential Super PACs Attract Wealthy Donors Who Have Maxed Out to Candidates

  During the second quarter of 2011, more than 50 individuals donated the legal maximum to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and also dug into their pockets deeper and made additional contributions to Restore Our Future, a candidate-specific Super PAC formed to promote Romney’s campaign for president.   A new analysis by Democracy 21, the …

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REFORM IN AN AGE OF NETWORKED CAMPAIGNS: How to Foster Citizen Participation Through Small Donors and Volunteers

Today, a joint project of the  Campaign Finance Institute,  American Enterprise Institute and the  Brookings Institution unveils a new report, "Reform in an Age of Networked Campaigns: How to Foster Citizen Participation Through Small Donors and Volunteers." The report, co-authored by Anthony J. Corrado, Michael J. Malbin, Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein, seeks …

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