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Chicago Fair Elections Ordinance

January 13, 2016

This is the full ordinance for the Fair Elections small donor match program introduced to Chicago City Council on January 13, 2016.

DISCLOSE 2013 Act

January 3, 2013

To amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to provide for additional disclosure requirements for corporations, labor organizations, and other entities, and for other purposes.

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Letters & Testimony

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Litigation

Amicus Brief

Delaware Strong Families v. Biden - Amicus Brief

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Multimedia

Amend 2012

January 18, 2012

Thanks to the Supreme Court and Citizens United, the same big corporations and billionaires that destroyed our economy and caused millions of us to lose our jobs and homes, are spending obscene amounts to drown out our voices in elections and take over our government. But together, "We the People" can set things right. Stand with Robert Reich and join the movement for a constitutional amendment today.

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Democracy Wire

Women Face Political Obstacles, but Can Overcome Them

May 22, 2017; Blog Post, Status Update

Two women who’ve seen firsthand the institutional and structural barriers that confront women running for political office - and have demonstrated that those barriers can be overcome - shared their insights on women in politics this morning with an audience of politically minded women.

Supreme Court Again Rejects Challenge to “Soft Money” Contribution Limits

May 22, 2017; News Article, Press Release

Politicians and party committees have repeatedly challenged the McCain-Feingold law’s soft money ban and the Supreme Court has repeatedly rejected these challenges. Again today, the Court recognized the potential for corruption from unlimited contributions to party committees and affirmed a lower court decision in Republican Party of Louisiana v. FEC upholding the soft money ban as applied to state political party committees. It is however troubling to see the newest Supreme Court Justice, Neil Gorsuch, join with Justice Thomas in unsuccessfully urging their colleagues to schedule the soft money challenge for oral argument.

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Press Releases

Supreme Court Again Rejects Challenge to “Soft Money” Contribution Limits

May 22, 2017

Politicians and party committees have repeatedly challenged the McCain-Feingold law’s soft money ban and the Supreme Court has repeatedly rejected these challenges. Again today, the Court recognized the potential for corruption from unlimited contributions to party committees and affirmed a lower court decision in Republican Party of Louisiana v. FEC upholding the soft money ban as applied to state political party committees. It is however troubling to see the newest Supreme Court Justice, Neil Gorsuch, join with Justice Thomas in unsuccessfully urging their colleagues to schedule the soft money challenge for oral argument.

Corrine Brown Fraud Deprived Children in Need & Betrayed Her Constituents

May 11, 2017

Today’s verdict confirms that Congresswoman Brown exploited the generosity of her constituents, other Floridians and contributors outside the state to enrich herself with funds those donors understood would provide scholarships for needy students. Her disgraceful conduct betrayed her solemn promise to “bear true faith and allegiance” to the Constitution and “faithfully discharge the duties” of her office.

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Research & Reports

Deep Drilling Deep Pockets

The rapid spread of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," in Ohio has been accompanied by a surge in political expenditures by the natural gas industry. From July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2013, the natural gas industry and companies engaged in fracking gave more than $1.8 million to Ohio elected officials, candidates, and political parties. The industrious lobbyists also reported $43,000 in expenditures in Ohio for 2011-2012. Ohio requires lobbyists to report money spent on gifts, meals, and travel for legislators, but does not require them to report how much compensation they receive from each of their clients.

Individual and PAC Giving to Women Candidates

December 8, 2016

With the support of a Network Grant from the Democracy Fund, Representation2020 has teamed up with the Center for Responsive Politics and Common Cause Education Fund to research PAC and donor giving to male and female candidates and to devise strategies to challenge them to set targets for the percentage - or overall amount - that they give to women candidates. The following report is designed to create greater transparency on how political giving affects the universe of viable candidates, to draw attention to the key gatekeeper role played by major campaign funders and to design strategies that encourage donors, PACs, political parties and others to reexamine how and when they give to female candidates.

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