How Allowing Charities to Spend on Politics Would Flood the Swamp That President Trump Promised to DrainMay 3, 2017
In February 2017, at his first National Prayer Breakfast address after taking office, President Donald Trump made headlines for using his remarks to talk about television ratings for his former reality TV show. But the most important element of President Trump’s comments was his vow “to get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment.”
- Apr 24, 2017
A functioning FEC could require full disclosure of political spending and complete independence between candidates and super PACs. In addition, the FEC could ensure that government contractors are not bankrolling candidates to try to secure taxpayer-funded contracts.
- Apr 20, 2017
This week, members of the New Hampshire House Election Law Committee heard public testimony on a new bill that would impose new proof of residency requirements on voters attempting to register within 30 days of an election. New Hampshire is just one of the 29 states this year that have introduced a total of more than 85 bills restricting access to registration and voting.
- Apr 13, 2017
On Sunday, HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver dedicated a segment to one of the most serious threats to our democracy. Oliver’s segment on gerrymandering highlighted how partisan manipulation of district lines, or partisan gerrymandering, harms the ability of Americans to have their vote count in elections.
- Apr 11, 2017
Yesterday, a federal district court held, again, that Texas’s strict voter ID law, SB 14, was enacted with discriminatory intent. The district court initially held that the law was intentionally discriminatory after a nine-day trial in 2014.
States Can Require Financial Disclosure by Presidential Candidates to Safeguard Electoral TransparencyApr 6, 2017
Tax returns would also be the surest way for the American people to gain a clear picture of President Trump’s personal wealth, debts, foreign business ties, and potential conflicts of interest.
More than 20 U.S. Senators Have Expressed Concern about Gorsuch’s Nomination, Citing Money in PoliticsApr 6, 2017
Americans deserve to know whether Judge Gorsuch will decide on campaign finance cases in a way that tilts the political system even more in the direction of large campaign donors. Americans also deserve to know whether he will protect every citizen’s right to cast an effective and meaningful vote at the ballot box.
- Mar 23, 2017
After an expedited FOIA request, a large document release, and three days of hearings, there still remain unanswered and unsettling questions about Judge Neil Gorsuch’s views on our fundamental right to vote.