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Super PACs, #PACronyms, and FEC Dysfunction

The head of the Federal Election Commission, the body in charge of our elections, said recently that they won’t be able to regulate the 2016 race. Turns out, that’s not quite true: they still have some time to nitpick in fairly bizarre fashion. Super PACs, the vehicles that can raise and spend unlimited amounts of cash as long as they

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More Disclosure in the City of Brotherly Love

7 in 10 Americans believe Super PACs ought to be illegal, and elected officials are starting to sit up and take notice of that disapproval. Today’s reform news comes out of the Philadelphia City Council which just voted to bring some much needed sunlight and accountability to local politics. The Citizens United ruling and its ilk spawned Super PACs, which

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Scandal Watch: “Frank Guinta is a damned liar.”

Joseph McQuaid, the conservative publisher of the Union Leader, penned a pithy editorial encapsulating the feelings of many New Hampshire residents: “Frank Guinta is a damned liar.” Guinta, the state’s sole Republican Congressman, is the focus of today’s campaign finance scandal watch as he battles public opinion and voices from within his own party calling for his resignation. The problems

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The Cash Behind All Those Political Ads

It’s no secret that campaigns are big money-makers. The 2012 election, the most expensive in history, cost over $7 billion — that’s a lot of buttons and yard signs. Through October 29, 2012, President Obama and Governor Romney spent $265 million on campaign advertisements alone as they battled for the national audience’s attention. It sounds glib, but when candidates spend,

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2016 Candidates Are All About Reform

According to a recent New York Times/CBS News poll, Americans across the political spectrum are concerned about the influence of money in politics. 85% of respondents, including 81% of Republicans, said our current campaign finance system should be fundamentally changed or completely overhauled. Numbers like that are hard to ignore, and presidential hopefuls from both parties are already weighing in

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Maine Citizens for Clean Elections

Maine Citizens for Clean Elections has been working for years to restore the state’s first-in-the-nation clean elections law, which increase small donor participation in Maine elections and broadened the diversity of candidates running for office. MCCE delivered over 85,000 signatures in support of their ballot initiative, so they’re closer than ever to victory. Want to help? They still need volunteers to

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New Hampshire Rebellion

Want to help 2016 presidential candidate stand up for reform and talk the talk? Well, then you should walk the walk! New Hampshire Rebellion is a project of Larry Lessig, and he needs volunteers to walk across the state to fight corruption. The walks bring attention to the cause, and ensures every presidential candidate has to answer one question: “What

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Honest Elections Seattle

A great coalition in Seattle is working to bring more people into the political process and to make city elections honest and transparent. If you’re in the area, consider volunteering for Honest Elections Seattle. They’re hard at work to pass Initiative 122, which would: Lower contribution limits in all city races A ban on contributions from corporations that spend significant

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