- Jun 10, 2016
The Office of Congressional Ethics has helped bring accountability and transparency to the House Ethics process. Not surprisingly, it has been unpopular since its creation, as members of Congress don’t like to be investigated.
- May 11, 2016
At best, the Supreme Court’s decision in McCutcheon shows that the justices are simply naïve about the way that fundraising works. But the justices can’t claim that we didn’t warn them.
Dark Money Group Tells the Government it Won’t Spend on Elections While Bragging to Donors it Will "Win Senate Seats" with "No Donor Disclosure”Apr 26, 2016
The news here is not just that a dark money group appears to have lied to the FEC and the IRS, but that neither agency cares enough to protect the integrity of their own investigations, much less uphold the law.
- Apr 26, 2016
This past Sunday, the TV show “60 Minutes” featured a segment on the fundraising demands facing members of Congress. In sum, how a member of Congress actually spends his or her time makes for a depressing job description.
Is Citizens United a Get-Out-of-Jail-Free Card for Bob McDonnell? The U.S. Supreme Court Will DecideApr 26, 2016
On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in an appeal of McDonnell’s conviction on public corruption charges for accepting $175,000 in gifts and loans. Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell is hoping that Citizens United legalized bribery.
- Apr 25, 2016
The current state of American elections is deeply troubling, and it’s the result of many failures in our government. But there are steps we can take now to ensure that democracy survives.
- Apr 15, 2016
The Voting Rights Institute sent a letter this week to the Department of Justice calling on it to investigate the Daphne City Council’s possible voting rights violations
- Apr 11, 2016
Terrorists, Russian oligarchs, and even cats could find a way to funnel money into U.S. elections, thanks to lax U.S. rules for shell corporations and a deadlocked Federal Election Commission (FEC) that refuses to enforce the law.
- Mar 14, 2016
The District of Columbia Republican Party extended polling hours for its Saturday presidential nominating convention, accommodating the religious practices of Sabbath observant Jews.