Democracy Download from Monday, January 12, 2015

As you work on money in politics, voting rights, and/or other government reform issues, Common Cause will send you occasional updates with key DC-based forums, hearings, legislation, and litigation related to these issues. If you would like to submit future listings for this email, please contact Aaron Scherb. (Click here to see previous Democracy Downloads).  

Key Dates (All times Eastern)

  • January 14, 9:30am-noon: "Five Years after Citizens United: What Are the Costs?" organized by Common Cause and other reform organizations; NYU-DC, Abramson Family Auditorium, 1307 L St. NW, Washington, DC. RSVP here.    
  • January 15, 1pm: Justice at Stake, Brennan Center for Justice, and other groups host a webinar entitled, "Judging Under the Influence: Will the Supreme Court Protect Fair Courts?”  RSVP here.
  • January 15: Comments are due to the FEC on its advanced notice of proposed rulemaking for aggregate biennial contribution limits, disclosure, and other items. See the Federal Register notice for additional information.  
  • January 20: Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in Williams-Yulee v. Florida Bar, 13-1499, a case challenging Florida's ban on judges and judicial nominees soliciting campaign contributions (30 of the 39 states in which judges appear on the ballot have banned active fundraising by judges).
  • January 21, 10am: Press conference with Members of Congress introducing various money-in-politics reform bills. Email for more details.
  • January 21: 5th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Citizens United v. FEC decision
  • January 31: 4th quarter filing deadline for campaigns and committees that file quarterly reports. 
  • February 5-6: Voting and Elections Summit, sponsored by FairVote, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights under Law, Overseas Vote Foundation, and U.S. Vote Foundation, Washington, DC. RSVP here.
  • February 11: FEC holds a hearing on its advanced notice of proposed rulemaking for individuals to present comments on aggregate biennial limits and other topics.
  • March 2: The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, 13-1314, a case challenging the constitutionality of Arizona's independent redistricting commission, which was enacted in 2000 through the state's initiative process.
  • March or later 2015: The Supreme Court may hear oral arguments in voting rights cases from Arizona/Kansas, North Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin.

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