Washington Post: “Billionaires Adelson and Saban, at odds in campaigns, unite on Israel and hit Obama”

The Post article illustrates the link between billionaires’ unlimited political money and their desire to determine U.S. government policies. The Washington Post Billionaires Adelson and Saban, at odds in campaigns, unite on Israel and hit Obama By Philip Rucker and Tom Hamburger  The billionaire political kingmakers planning to bankroll much of the 2016 presidential campaign spoke out together …

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FEC Issues Seriously Flawed Regulations Today to Implement Citizens United, Nearly Five Years After Decision

Statement of Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer The FEC issued seriously flawed regulations today to implement the Citizens United decision.  The regulations come nearly five years after the Supreme Court decided the case and provide yet another example of the dysfunction that characterizes the agency. Incredibly, the FEC left out of its action today the …

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Watchdog Groups Call on IRS to Adopt New Rules

In a letter sent to the IRS, Democracy 21 and the Campaign Legal Center summarized comments they had submitted regarding the ongoing IRS rulemaking proceeding to consider new regulations to govern eligibility for section 501 (c)(4) tax status. The letter stated: On May 7, 2014, the American Bar Association Section on Taxation submitted comments to …

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E.J. Dionne op-ed in Washington post: “Fighting Big Money with Big Money

The Washington Post Fighting big money with big money By E.J. Dionne Jr. If you are tired of seeing the debate on guns dominated by the National Rifle Association and yearn for sensible weapons laws, you have to love New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. When most politicians were caving in or falling silent, there was …

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MSNBC: “Wertheimer: OFA ‘creates the opportunity to buy corrupting influence’”

MSNBC: Now with Alex Wagner Wertheimer: OFA ‘creates the opportunity to buy corrupting influence’ The MSNBC NOW with Alex Wagner panel discussed the recent criticism of OFA about access for big spenders to the president, and Democracy 21’s Frank Wertheimer described President Obama’s use of OFA to advance his agenda as “outsourcing” a portion of …

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Washington Post: For top donors, inauguration means access, influence and angling for next big job

The Washington Post For top donors, inauguration means access, influence and angling for next big job By Marc Fisher and Tom Hamburger January 20, 2013 The voters have spoken, but even after a $2 billion presidential campaign, the quest for dollars in Washington continues. This weekend, the high rollers are paying for inauguration parties that …

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Common Cause and Democracy 21 File Comments with FEC on Financing of Presidential Nominating Conventions

Ms. Mai T. Dinh                                                                                                          May 23, 2003 Acting Assistant General Counsel Federal Election Commission 999 E Street, N.W. Washington, D.C.  20463   Re: Comments on NPRM 2003-8: Public Financing of Presidential Candidates and Nominating Conventions   Dear Ms. Dinh:   I am writing on behalf of Common Cause and Democracy 21 to provide comments on …

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"No Bark, No Bite, No Point": Executive Summary

The analysis and recommendations of the Project FEC Task Force are set forth in No Bark, No Bite, No Point, a comprehensive 142-page report that makes the case that the Federal Election Commission has failed to carry out its enforcement responsibilities and should be replaced by a new enforcement body.  The bipartisan Project FEC Task …

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