Campaign Finance

A Modest Proposal: The Imperative of Replacing the Johnson Amendment

December 19, 2018

Our campaign finance system could generously be described as an exercise in insanity. Consider the rude reality of a system that allows the elite to dominate our elections yet silences the free speech of local membership organizations. Every election cycle you are subjugated to potentially millions of dollars of Super PAC ads – often funded by a single or a handful of individuals- that may be hostile to your worldview. You can try to avoid the ads, but, in the […]

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Will Republicans Embrace Campaign Finance Reform?

December 11, 2018

Federal filings through mid-November, as compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics, show that among donations from the top 25 individual contributors to federal candidates, parties, political action committees, and “527” advocacy groups, $232.9 million went to Republicans and conservatives, and $236.9 million to Democrats and liberals. What about organizational spending? Consider super PACs, those curious manifestations of campaign finance law that the Center for Responsive Politics says “may raise unlimited sums of money from corporations, unions, associations and individuals, […]

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Report Connects Money Spent at Trump Properties with Presidential Support

December 5, 2018

President Trump’s significant personal fortune helped galvanize support from those who hoped his business acumen would have a positive effect on the nation’s economy. While those supporters see reasons that to believe their hopes have been validated, others concerned that his wealth would raise doubts about his motivations likewise believe they’ve been proven right. The vast holdings of POTUS have raised concerns on various fronts, but one recent report links Trump endorsements to those who spend money at his hotels. […]

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Democrats to Tackle Reform with First Bill

December 3, 2018

After 8 years out of power, Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats in the House are hoping the control granted them by the voters in 2018 will be more than just a short-term stint. To that end, they’ve wisely selected an issue that resonates with the American people for their first legislative issue: reform. Rep. John Sarbanes will take the lead on the issue, and, as we have discussed frequently the intense degree of public support for these issues. Should Democrats […]

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Report Connects Money Spent at Trump Properties with Presidential Support

November 28, 2018

President Trump’s significant personal fortune helped galvanize support from those who hoped his business acumen would have a positive effect on the nation’s economy. While those supporters see reasons that to believe their hopes have been validated, others concerned that his wealth would raise doubts about his motivations likewise believe they’ve been proven right. The vast holdings of POTUS have raised concerns on various fronts, but one recent report links Trump endorsements to those who spend money at his hotels. […]

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Pudner Talks Senate Races and Campaign Finance in NewsMax

November 19, 2018

One of the few issues that could unite people across the Rural vs. Urban and Coasts vs. Middle America chasm is money-in-politics reform, where we helped achieve a great referendum victory for campaign finance reform and an ethics board in North Dakota the same day the state also handed the GOP their most lopsided Senate flip. Silver’s accuracy should also cause conservatives to question some of the leaders’ opposition to any rules on money in politics. Silver’s calculations indicate that […]

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Midterms Break the Bank

November 15, 2018

The rapid growth of the influence of money in politics continued with the 2018 midterm cycle. An astonishing $5.2 billion was spent on elections that, essentially, resulted in a divided government poised for gridlock over the next 2 years. For conservatives, that money bought, perhaps, the opportunity to confirm more Trump judges. For liberals, that money bought, possibly, the ability to fund the ongoing Mueller investigation. And, meanwhile, the American people are all-the-more sick of politics and $5.2 billion that […]

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Pudner Talks Campaign Finance with Cenk of TYT

November 8, 2018

If you missed Executive Director John Pudner’s election day interview with Cenk Uygur on The Young Turks network don’t worry! You can watch the interview and hear John discuss the importance of people over dollars below.

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REMINDER: 2:04 PM EST John featured on TYT with Cenk Uygur

November 6, 2018

Tune in at 2:04 PM EST here to watch John Pudner talk campaign finance reform and election day with Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks.

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The Avenues for Foreign Influence in U.S. Politics

October 31, 2018

Our friends over at MapLight had a terrific post on ways that foreign money can find its way into and affect U.S. politics. You can read a brief excerpt below and find the full post and infographic outlining the many avenues for foreign influence at MapLight.org  “When U.S. media outlets broke the news that groups linked to the Russian government attempted to use Facebook, Twitter, and Google to influence the 2016 election, the impact of Russia’s meddling on our democracy became […]

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