McCain-Feingold “Soft Money” Ban Upheld Again by Supreme Court: Statement of Executive Director J. Gerald HebertJun 29, 2010
Today’s summary decision in RNC v. FEC by the U.S. Supreme Court is welcome news for anyone disturbed by the pay-to-play model of democracy and commerce in Washington. Just 7 years ago, the Court in the landmark McConnell v. FEC decision upheld the soft money provisions of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA) in their entirety.
DISCLOSE Act Vote A Victory for Citizens Over Special Interests: Statement of Policy Director Meredith McGeheeJun 24, 2010
Passage of the DISCLOSE Act by the House today is a victory for citizens over special interests. The fact that today's vote was so close is a sad testament to the power of special interests in Washington. Polling showed 8 in 10 Americans disapproved of the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. FEC, opening elections to a flood of corporate and union treasury funds. Better than 7 in 10 Americans wanted a legislative response, but special interests very nearly carried the day.
Supreme Court's Decision Upholds Disclosure as DISCLOSE Act Moves Forward in Congress: Statement of Executive Director J. Gerald HebertJun 24, 2010
Today's 8-1 decision in Doe v. Reed is an encouraging development for our democracy, especially after recent decisions from the Supreme Court turning the clock back a century on campaign finance laws.
U.S. House: Reform Groups Push for Passage of DISCLOSE Act, Urge Members to Oppose Amendments to Weaken BillJun 22, 2010
With a floor vote expected soon, reform groups are strongly urging Representatives to vote for the DISCLOSE Act (H.R. 5175), and the Manager's Amendment. The groups are emphasizing to Members that they should oppose any amendments to weaken the proposed legislation.
- Jun 22, 2010
Opponents have insistently but unfairly maintained that the DISCLOSE Act favors unions over corporations. In fact, both are treated equally
- Jun 22, 2010
Misinformation about the DISCLOSE Act continues to be circulated by opponents of the bill. One criticism has been that the timetable would be too short for the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to implement the legislation. Doing so is not the Herculean task critics maintain.
- Jun 21, 2010
With all the kerfuffle around the DISCLOSE Act, it is important to remember why this measure is necessary in the first place. 8 in 10 Americans disapproved of the Supreme Court in Citizens United v. FEC which opened up virtually bottomless corporate and union treasury funds for spending on political advertising. Much of the new influx of money is expected to be laundered through shady groups with patriotic names or even trade associations.
- Jun 18, 2010
The Supreme Court's Opinion in Citizens United makes it clear that the Court believes disclosure of the sources of funding for political ads during election campaigns is not only constitutional but desirable. Justice Kennedy stated that disclosure of the sources of funding of political advertising "provide[s] the electorate with information" and "insure[s] that the voters are fully informed about the person or group who is speaking." Eight of the nine Justices joined this portion of the Court's Opinion. This principle is embodied in the disclosure provisions of the DISCLOSE Act.
- Jun 18, 2010
If further proof was needed as to the desperate need to pass the DISCLOSE Act to curb money laundering in federal elections, it was provided today by the Federal Election Commission (FEC). In essence the Commission refused its General Counsel’s recommendation to investigate what appeared to be a clear violation of federal disclosure requirement laws