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Everything you need to know about McDonnell v. United States

*Updated – June 27, 2016* The 2016 election will be remembered for many things, but particularly for the widespread appeal of the calls to clean up Washington made by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Donald Trump. The Supreme Court, too, has felt renewed attention on its decisions following a recent string of major campaign finance and money-in-politics cases, most prominently

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Reps. Kilmer and Hanna Introduce Bill to Prevent Foreign Money and Restore Integrity to Elections

Our democracy is facing a threat from 501(c) organizations that receive foreign donations and redirect them to political campaigns. Fortunately, Reps. Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Richard Hanna (R-NY) just introduced the Election Protection & Integrity Certification Act, or the EPIC Act. The bipartisan bill establishes common-sense disclosure requirements to safeguard against the influence of foreign money in our elections. While

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House votes to make dark money even harder to trace

Is it just us, or is dark money getting even darker? On Tuesday, the House passed H.R. 5053, the Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act. The bill forbids the IRS from requiring tax-exempt organizations to disclose their contributors in annual reports. It was painted by its sponsor, Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL), as a way to prevent the IRS

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Victory for ethics

Watch out: Congress cares about ethics! Well, today at least. A coalition of a dozen watchdog organizations, led by the Campaign Legal Center and including Issue One, rallied quickly to defend the Office of Congressional Ethics following a proposed cut to the agency’s budget. This was the second time New Mexico Republican Representative Steve Pearce targeted the Office since it

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Congress spent almost as much to study monkeys as it spent on its own ethics office

Republicans and Democrats agree on very little, but you’ll hear both parties decry government waste, fraud and abuse on the campaign trail. So where did Congress first look to save money? Their own Office of Congressional Ethics that holds members, officers and their staff accountable to taxpayers. Even worse, Congress approved spending nearly as much to study monkeys on treadmills ($1

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Why Renee Ellmers Is Being Primaried by Special Interests

Renee Ellmers has an election today – and she’s in trouble. A Republican congresswoman from North Carolina elected in the Tea Party wave of 2010, Ellmers is facing two primary challengers after an irregular mid-decade redistricting. But the two opposing candidates are not her only challenges. She’s also the target of at least six-figures of spending in political ads and

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What De Blasio’s Sketchy Spreadsheet Means For New York

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, once a champion for money-in-politics reform, has been caught red-handed. The New York Daily News has acquired a spreadsheet from the mayor’s administration with a detailed list of potential appointments to city committees and boards—and it’s chock full of de Blasio’s donors. The list is littered with donors to de Blasio’s 2013 campaign,

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State Reform Roundup

This is part of a series examining ethics, transparency and campaign finance proposals in the states.  It’s an all-too-common refrain in politics: when Congress can’t pass legislation, the states take command of the issue and create solutions on their own. Campaign finance reform is no exception. A number of states have upcoming bipartisan ballot initiatives or bills pending in their legislatures

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Reps. Massie and Kaptur Join the Rebellion

Congratulations! You’ve just been elected to Congress! If you want to serve on a good committee, never mind your credentials or your expertise. You better start fundraising. Speaking with the Cincinnati Enquirer, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) has come out swinging with a one-two punch against party fundraising schemes that attempt to price committee seats by requiring large amounts of fundraising

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