Summary of H.R. 270, the Empowering Citizens Act

The Empowering Citizens Act (H.R. 270) introduced last year by Representatives David Price and Chris Van Hollen is the most comprehensive campaign finance reform legislation pending in Congress. The bill would end individual candidate Super PACs, repair the presidential public financing system, create a public financing system for congressional races and strengthen the rules prohibiting …

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Fred Wertheimer Op-ed: The Small Donor Revolution: Empowering Citizens to Combat Influence-Money in Politics

The Huffington Post The Small Donor Revolution: Empowering Citizens to Combat Influence-Money in Politics Fred Wertheimer September 6, 2012 The 2012 elections are documenting on a daily basis the corrupt campaign finance system facing the nation in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. With that decision, the Supreme Court unleashed huge contributions, …

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Fred Wertheimer Press Briefing Remarks On New Proposal to Boost the Power of Small Donors in Federal Elections

Teleconference Press Briefing by the Brennan Center and Democracy 21 to Release New Proposal to Boost the Power of Small Donors in Federal Elections post-Citizens United Remarks of Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer The Report and proposal being released today by the Brennan Center and Democracy 21 is based on the proposition that citizens are …

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Endorses Bill Introduced Today by Senator Mark Udall to Repair the Presidential Public Financing System

Democracy 21 Endorses Bill Introduced Today by Senator Mark Udall to Repair the Presidential Public Financing System Statement by Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer June 19, 2012 Democracy 21 strongly endorses the legislation introduced today by Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) to repair and modernize the presidential public financing system. Companion legislation has been introduced in …

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Statement of Democracy 21 President on Public Funds Accepted by Republican Party to Finance their National Nominating Convention

According to the BNA Money and Politics Report, “the Democratic and Republican parties have received $35.4 million—about $17.7 million each—in public funding to pay for next year’s presidential nominating conventions, the Federal Election Commission announced Nov. 8.” It is more than ironic that at the same time Republican leaders in Congress are trying to kill …

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Democracy 21 Attacks Misguided Supreme Court Decision Today on Arizona Public Financing Law; Other Forms of Public Financing Laws Remain Intact and Unaffected by Decision

Statement of Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer In another seriously misguided campaign finance decision, the Supreme Court today by a 5 to 4 vote has misinterpreted the Constitution to hold unconstitutional a form of public financing of elections enacted by the voters of Arizona to prevent government corruption. The Court in Arizona Free Enterprise v. …

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Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to Constitutionality of Arizona Public Financing Law on March 28

By Fred WertheimerPresident, Democracy 21 On March 28 the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in McComish v. Bennett, a case involving a challenge to the constitutionality of the Arizona public financing law. This will be the first time the Court has heard a challenge to the constitutionality of public financing of elections since it …

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Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21 Joined by Other Reform Groups File Supreme Court Amicus Brief Today Supporting Constitutionality of Arizona Public Financing Law

The Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21 joined by other reform groups filed an amicus brief today in the Supreme Court defending the constitutionality of the state public financing law in Arizona. In addition to Democracy 21 and the Campaign Legal Center, the reform groups who joined in filing the amicus brief included League of …

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Intervener Defendants File Brief in Supreme Court Today Opposing Request that Court Review Decision Upholding Constitutionality of Minor Party Provisions in Connecticut Public Financing Law

Connecticut Common Cause, Connecticut Citizen Action Group and two other intervening defendants filed a brief today in the Supreme Court urging the Court to decline to review a case in which the U.S Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the constitutionality of Connecticut’s public financing system for state elections. Unlike the case involving a challenge …

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