Showing posts tagged with: "Campaign Finance"

Political Competition Hits Historic Low: Part Two . May 4, 2017

Political Competition Hits Historic Low: Part Two Money and Politics (This three part series focuses on four foundational election practices that limit political competition and voter choice – methods not meant to be permanent and adopted in the 18th century when democracy was new, populations small, and candidates, parties and people eligible... read more

The IRS Moves to Limit Political Activity by 501(c)(4) Nonprofits . November 30, 2013

Election spending by 501(c)(4) “social welfare” organizations not required to disclose their donors mushroomed from a few million in 2006 to over $250 million in 2012.On Thanksgiving eve, the IRS and Treasury department released a long awaited proposal to define and restrict the political activity of 501(c)(4) organizations. What are... read more

2012 Ballot Measures: Elections . January 30, 2013

November 6, 2012 was the first presidential election since the Citizens United ruling by the Supreme Court in 2010. Consequentially, the 2012 election was more expensive than any other election in our history by more than $700 million. In an apparent reaction to the ruling, some states voted on limiting or eliminating corporate contributions to elections.... read more

Counteracting Campaign Cash . August 25, 2011

The Federal Election Commission’s approval of the Colbert Super PAC has turned some heads, and it also has plenty of people wondering just what a PAC is and does. With names that all seem to include “America” and references to apple pie, it’s no wonder people are confused. (If you want to get in on the naming action, try the... read more

Reversing Directions on Money and Politics . January 31, 2010

In the Citizens United decision, a 5-4 majority of the Supreme Court decided to treat corporations as persons and grant them so-called “free” speech rights to spend unlimited amounts of money to influence the outcome of elections. For American democracy the change goes far beyond the newfound capacity for Exxon, Goldman Sachs, Pfizer, AIG or any... read more

Citizens United vs. FEC . January 28, 2010

Hillary: The Movie, a film by Citizens United and the basis for the challenge to restrictions on corporate spending in Citizens United vs. FEC Although the main conversations on the Citizens United vs. Federal Elections Commission Supreme Court decision have been about the impact on and by for-profit corporations, there are implications for nonprofit... read more

The Fair Elections Now Act . December 10, 2009

Legislation that would reform public financing of congressional elections was recently introduced in the House and Senate. The legislation, sponsored by Senator Durbin (D- Ill) and Representative Larson (D- Conn) and has 5 senate co-sponsors and 119 house co-sponsors, includes a voluntary public financing system that would be driven by small-donors.... read more

Will Supreme Court Open Door to Unlimited Corporate Cash in Elections? . September 10, 2009

It is hard to believe our framers fought the American Revolution, wrote the Constitution and enacted its First Amendment to protect large infusions of cash from corporate interests into elections. When political speech can only be afforded by the wealthiest sliver of the population, it seems hardly free. Today the Supreme Court, or five of its justices,... read more