Nevada Becomes Third State in 2017 to Rescind Previous Call for a Constitutional Convention

  Statement of Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer  Nevada yesterday became the third state this year to rescind its previous call for a constitutional convention to adopt a balance budget constitutional amendment. Successful rescission efforts in New Mexico and Maryland earlier this year, along with Nevada’s rescission yesterday, have stopped the momentum of proponents seeking …

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Democracy 21 Says Ethics Rules Require Kushner to Recuse Himself from All China Matters

In a letter sent to Jared Kushner today, Democracy 21 called on President Trump’s Senior Adviser “to publicly announce now that you are recusing yourself from any involvement in a number of policy areas in order to avoid conflicts of interest and the appearance of such conflicts.” The letter pointed to Kushner’s “unprecedented White House …

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Watchdog Groups Challenge White House Counsel Over Terms of Arrangement to Permit White House Role for Ivanka Trump

  Democracy 21, joined by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Government (CREW) and the Campaign Legal Center, sent a letter today to White House Counsel Donald McGahn, challenging the arrangement approved by the Counsel’s office regarding Ivanka Trump’s role in the White House. The watchdog groups expressed “deep concern about the highly unusual and …

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Watchdog Groups Call on NY U.S Attorney to Take Steps to Prevent Trump Org. from Receiving Foreign Emoluments

  Democracy 21, joined by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and the Campaign Legal Center, today called on the U.S Attorney for the Southern District in New York to take steps to prevent The Trump Organization from receiving any financial benefits from foreign governments that benefit President Trump and do not comply …

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Reform Groups Urge Members to Oppose All Campaign Finance Riders to Funding Bills

  In a letter sent today, reform groups urged members of Congress to oppose all campaign finance riders and other “poison pill” riders to any CR or omnibus bill to be considered in the remaining days of this Congress. The groups included the Brennan Center for Justice, Campaign Legal Center, Common Cause, CREW, Democracy 21, …

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Watchdog Groups Urge DOJ to Name Special Outside Counsel to Investigate Legality of Bush Super PAC Scheme

Democracy 21, joined by the Campaign Legal Center, today called on the Justice Department to investigate whether former Governor Jeb Bush and his associated Super PAC, the Right to Rise Super PAC, are engaged in knowing and willful violations of the campaign finance laws. The groups also requested Attorney General Loretta Lynch to exercise her …

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Reform Groups Urge Members of Congress to Support the EMPOWER Act to Revitalize the Presidential Public Financing System

In a letter sent to Senators, nine reform groups strongly urged Senators to support and cosponsor the EMPOWER Act (S. 1176), introduced by Senator Tom Udall (D-NM). The EMPOWER Act would establish a small donor, public matching funds system for presidential candidates. A similar letter was sent to House members urging them to support and …

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Reform Groups File FEC Complaints Against Presidential Hopefuls

  Today, on April Fools’ Eve, Democracy 21 joined the Campaign Legal Center in filing complaints with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) against Jeb Bush, Martin O’Malley, Rick Santorum and Scott Walker claiming reason to believe they are violating federal campaign finance laws. According to Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer: Major presidential candidates have been …

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