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The Inside Story Of How Citizens United Has Changed Washington Lawmaking

When Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy cast the deciding vote to gut a century of campaign finance law, he assured the public that the unlimited corporate spending he was ushering in would “not give rise to corruption or the appearance of corruption.” Because those authorized to give and spend unlimited amounts were legally required to…

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IRS Almost Never Audits ‘Dark Money’ Nonprofits, Documents Show

When Republicans won control of the U.S. Senate in November, they could thank dozens of conservative “dark money” nonprofit groups for spending nearly $130 million to boost their preferred candidates or bash their political enemies. Those nonprofit groups, including many that enjoy a preferred tax status because they purport to be focused on “social welfare,”…

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Victory For POE, VR: Electronic Voting Machines Shutting Down Nationwide

After years of controversy and concerns for election integrity,  electronic voting machines may finally be relegated to the ranks of a costly and failed experiment. States have abandoned electronic voting machines in droves, and most voters — in fact, nearly 70% —  will be casting their ballots by hand this election day. Although once viewed…

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Court Strikes Down GOP-Backed Voting Restrictions In North Carolina

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Wednesday ordered a lower court to block two new voting restrictions in North Carolina, saying there was “no doubt” the measures would disenfranchise minorities. North Carolina will now be required to reinstate same-day voter registration, as well as allow voters to cast ballots even if they show up…

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Democracy For All Amendment Press Conference

On the evening of September 8, 2014, the US Senate voted 78-18 in favor of proceeding with a constitutional amendment that would overturn the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision. Earlier that afternoon, the lead sponsors of the bill in the House and Senate held a press conference outside the Capitol. VR’s cameras were there…

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Court Denies Karl Rove’s Request To Take Over For The FEC

Karl Rove is going to have to sit in the back seat on this FEC lawsuit, whether he likes it or not. Awhile back I wrote about the lawsuit Public Citizen and ProtectOurElections.org filed against the FEC for failing to do what it’s supposed to do when it comes to these SuperPACs. In essence, the FEC agreed not to…

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Karl Rove May Yet Face The Music Over Crossroads GPS Campaign Activities

Public Citizen and Protect Our Elections are taking aim at the FEC for dropping the ball on Rove’s failure to disclose donors. Earlier this year, FEC Commissioner Ann Ravel was so frustrated by the partisanship within the panel that she took to the op-ed pages of the New York Times to shake her fist at the way her Republican…

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US Attorney files Amicus Brief in ACLU Voting Rights Case

MILWAUKEE, Wis. – The Department of Justice today intervened in the ACLU of Wisconsin voting rights case, filing an amicus brief in opposition to the voter ID law.  The case is currently at the 7thCircuit Court of Appeals. The 37-page brief said, in part: Regarding the “constitutional claim, the district court credited plaintiffs’ evidence demonstrating that, under…

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