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Money & Influence 07.17.2018

Vox: The government is making it easier for “dark money” donors to go unnamed

“Large amounts of foreign national donations to a politically active nonprofit could be a red flag to IRS staff that could trigger greater scrutiny,” Paul S. Ryan, vice president at the watchdog group Common Cause said. “But such red flags will no longer be visible to IRS staff. President Trump’s Treasury Department has struck a blow to US democracy with this rule change.”

Richmond Times-Dispatch: Watchdog group says McGuireWoods utilized weak Va. law by hiring former speaker

“Despite the state’s ethics laws, McGuireWoods’ wealthy clients will be able to buy a lot of access and influence through Mr. Howell — access and influence not available to the average Virginian,” said Paul S. Ryan, vice president of policy and litigation at Common Cause.

Associated Press: Attorneys: North Carolina Congress remap claims still valid

"Our plaintiffs clearly have standing and have suffered real harm by the legislature's extreme partisan gerrymandering," Bob Phillips, executive director of Common Cause North Carolina, said in a release. "This case is key to protecting the constitutional right of citizens in North Carolina and across the nation to have a voice in choosing their representatives."


Politico: States Aren’t Waiting for the Supreme Court to Solve Gerrymandering

“In Ohio and other states, we’ve looked at ways to move the state Legislature to action,” says Catherine Turcer, executive director for Common Cause Ohio. “When we couldn’t, we started collecting signatures for a citizens’ initiative.”

Money & Influence 07.2.2018

Associated Press: Dark-Money Groups Targeting GOP Lawmakers Tied to Dem Lawyer

"All sides play the game," said Bob Phillips, executive director of Common Cause North Carolina. "The world we live in these days."

McClatchy: With Kennedy gone from Supreme Court, what's next for NC gerrymandering case?

The North Carolina case has an element not present in the Wisconsin or Maryland cases. Bob Phillips, executive director of Common Cause North Carolina, called it the "so-called smoking gun."