Inside the Courts

Democracy 21 plays a leading role in defending the constitutionality of the nation’s campaign finance laws and their proper interpretation in the Supreme Court and lower federal courts.

In 2010 and 2011, the Democracy 21 pro bono team represented parties in winning two important campaign finance cases in the Supreme Court, successfully defending the constitutionality of legislation banning unlimited “soft money” contributions to political parties and the Connecticut public financing law.

Democracy 21 has also pursued creative legal and administrative approaches in the courts and at the IRS to end the use of secret money to finance campaign expenditures in federal elections and to prevent misuse of the tax laws by groups improperly claiming to be “social welfare” organizations.

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Wertheimer: “It’s Chief Justice Roberts who is “divorced from reality”"

According to Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer: As the enclosed POLITICO article makes clear, it is Chief Justice Roberts who is “divorced from reality,” not those of us who submitted briefs in the McCutcheon case to explain that donors would be giving huge contributions if the limits on the total contributions by an individual to …

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Fred Wertheimer for SCOTUSblog on McCutcheon & the Supreme Court

Symposium: The Supreme Court and the McCutcheon decision The Supreme Court majority in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission has continued on its step-by-step path to destroy the nation’s campaign finance laws. The Court in McCutcheon overturned forty years of national policy and thirty-eight years of judicial precedent to strike down the overall limits on the total contributions an individual …

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NYTimes Editorial: “Suing the I.R.S. Back to Basics”

The New York Times Suing the I.R.S. Back to Basics By: the Editorial Board The ease with which big-money donors are able to influence the nation’s politics is nowhere better illustrated than by the charade that gives tax exemptions to obviously partisan political groups posing as “social welfare” organizations. Representative Chris Van Hollen, a Maryland …

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