Post Archive by Month: December,2015

Petition for Increased Disclosure in Elections to Get White House Response

The campaign finance reform community has the president’s ear. In exciting news, a “We the People” petition to the president demanding increased transparency in our elections has now garnered more than 100,000 signatures. This means the White House must respond. The petition, organized by Rootstrikers, calls for the president to issue an executive order that would mandate that federal contractors

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How to Effectively Enforce Campaign Finance Laws

This is the fourth installment of our blog series on Blueprints for Democracy, a new collection of solutions policymakers can implement to give everyone a greater say in their democracy. Read the full series here. Laws are meaningless without effective enforcement mechanisms. This is true of campaign finance measures on the federal and state levels, where enforcement shortcomings have produced

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House Republicans Take On Sen. McConnell Over Campaign Finance Deregulation

The House Freedom Caucus, a group of  40 Republican members in the U.S. House of Representatives are defying Sen. Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) plan to deregulate key campaign finance limits. And they’re not mincing words. “This rider would rig the game for the national parties and diminish the influence of ordinary Americans in the political process,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), said.

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With Must-Pass Budget Battle Looming, Senate Republicans Aim to Sneak in Anti-Campaign Finance Riders

‘Tis the season for must-pass budget measures. In order to avoid another government shutdown, Congress must approve a trillion-dollar spending bill by December 11. As POLITICO reports, Senate Republicans, led by longtime campaign finance reform opponent Mitch McConnell (R-KY), are considering attaching a host of riders to the budget bill, including some that would weaken federal campaign finance regulations. Of

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Democracy is on a Roll: DC Becomes Latest City to Push for Fair Elections Reform

D.C. Councilmember David Grosso, joined by Council Chair Phil Mendelson and Councilmembers Brianne Nadeau and Charles Allen, introduced a bill today that would create a citizen-funding (or public financing) system for the District of Columbia. The bill is great news for D.C. residents, and comes on the heels of huge fair elections victories in Maine and Seattle. Councilmember Grosso’s bill

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