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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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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Fred Wertheimer for Huffington Post: “A Call to Arms”

The Huffington Post A Call to Arms By: Fred Wertheimer In 1789, the Founding Fathers created a constitutional system of government by the people. In 2010, five Supreme Court Justices — Roberts, Kennedy, Scalia, Thomas and Alito — changed it to a constitutional system of government by millionaires, billionaires and corporations. In the Citizens United …

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Wall Street Journal: “Sharing Data on Twitter Raises Campaign-Finance Questions”

The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire Blog Sharing Data on Twitter Raises Campaign-Finance Questions By: Rebecca Ballhaus and Patrick O’Connor The reported use of Twitter accounts to quietly communicate polling information between political allies has raised new questions about how outside groups are sharing information with candidates and their political parties, activities that are regulated by campaign …

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