Money in Politics

In 2010, the Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United case changed the landscape of American politics. The decision opened the door for Super PACs and groups claiming 501(c) tax-exempt status to spend unlimited contributions from millionaires, billionaires, corporations and special interest groups seeking to influence federal elections and government decisions.

The country is faced today with a corrupt campaign finance system. A small donor revolution in American politics is essential to restore the integrity and health of our political system and to restore citizens to their rightful and preeminent place in our democracy.

 

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Fred Wertheimer op-ed: Bush Super PAC Scheme Would Violate 2002 Campaign Finance Law

Reuters Why Jeb Bush’s super PAC plan is potentially illegal Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is preparing to push the role of the individual-candidate super PAC to new, brazen heights. The Bush campaign is reportedly planning to reverse the role of Bush’s campaign committee and the “independent” super PAC supporting him – so that the super PAC …

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Washington Post: “2016 candidates build new financing system. Are they mocking the rules?”

According to Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer: Ask 100 ordinary Americans if all of these individuals who are running around the country, building campaign staffs and raising money for individual candidate Super PACs, are presidential candidates and 100 ordinary Americans will answer of course they are candidates. The rules that prevent presidential candidates and potential …

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Fred Wertheimer Oped for Reuters “Democracy is Drowning in a sea of dark money”

Reuters Democracy is drowning in a sea of dark money By Fred Wertheimer The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United five years ago left the nation’s campaign finance system in shambles and our constitutional system of representative government dangerously undermined. Citizens United threw out a century of national policy and overturned decades of Supreme Court precedent to …

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