House Republicans Pass Amendment to Kill Presidential Financing System; Key Senate Battle on Issue Expected on FY 11 Spending Bill After Recess

Statement of Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer Yesterday, House Republicans passed an amendment to the pending FY 11 Spending Bill that would shut down the presidential public financing system. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is expected to attempt to attach the House-passed amendment or a very similar amendment to the Senate FY 11 Spending Bill, …

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Democracy 21: Tax Checkoff is not a Poll, Actual Polls Have Shown Public Support for the Presidential Public Financing System

Below is a letter sent to House members today that challenges the claim that the response rate on the tax check-off shows the public is opposed to the presidential public financing system. Tax Checkoff is not a Poll, Actual Polls Have Shown Public Support for the Presidential Public Financing System                                                                       January 26, 2011                                                                                       …

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Fact Sheet on the Presidential Public Financing System

The 1974 Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA), enacted in response to the Watergate scandal, fundamentally reformed the rules governing campaign financing in federal elections. The hallmark of this legislation was the creation of a voluntary program of public financing for presidential elections. This innovative reform, which stands to this day as the flagship of public …

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House Republican Leaders Launch Sneak Attack on the Presidential Public Financing System

House Republican Leaders Launch Sneak Attack on Presidential Public Financing System,   Schedule House Floor Vote to Repeal the System Next Wednesday with No Hearings, No Committee Consideration, No Examination of the Dangers to the Political Process of Killing Rather than Repairing the Presidential System Statement by Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer  House Republicans leaders …

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Petition Filed in Supreme Court for Review of Minor Party Provisions of Connecticut Public Financing Law Upheld as Constitutional

On December 9, 2010, the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation filed a petition for certiorari in the Supreme Court in Green Party of Connecticut v. Garfield, a case challenging the constitutionality of the minor party provisions of Connecticut’s public financing law. The Connecticut law provides a grant of public funds to any participating statewide or …

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Reform Leaders in Congress Introduce Legislation To Repair the Presidential Public Financing System

Statement of Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer Legislation to repair the presidential public financing system was introduced today in the Senate by Senator Russell Feingold (D-WI) and in the House by Representatives David Price (D-NC), Mike Castle (R-DE), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Todd Platts (R-PA). Democracy 21 strongly supports the presidential public financing legislation …

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