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.

Featured Articles

Fred Wertheimer for Huffington Post: “Citizens United and its Disastrous Consequences: The Decision”

  January 21 marks the sixth anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, one of the worst and most damaging decisions in the Court’s history. In the case, the Supreme Court, by a 5 to 4 vote, ruled that it was unconstitutional to ban corporations from making independent expenditures …

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How Chief Justice Roberts and Four Supreme Court Colleagues Gave the Nation a System of Legalized Bribery

Fred Wertheimer for Huffington Post The Supreme Court began its fall term this week. This seems like a good time to pause for a moment and revisit how decisions by Chief Justice John Roberts and four of his Supreme Court colleagues during the past five years have given the nation a system of legalized bribery. …

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Huffington Post: “Democrats, Republicans take advantage of new big-money rules”

The Huffington Post Democrats, Republicans take advantage of new big-money rules By: Paul Blumenthal WASHINGTON — Both the Republican and Democratic parties are raising historic sums from single donors for the 2014 midterm elections under new rules resulting from a major Supreme Court ruling in April. The Supreme Court’s McCutcheon decision struck down aggregate campaign contribution …

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Fred Wertheimer on Justice Roberts, rise of joint fundraising committees

According to Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer: In his opinion in McCutcheon v Federal Election Commission, Chief Justice Roberts said that scenarios, such as the large scale joint fundraising committees described in briefs submitted to defend the federal aggregate contribution limits, were “divorced from reality.” The Center for Public Integrity article below provides a new …

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