Reading Time: 3 minutes A decade later and billions of dollars deep, Congress is finally considering a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United ruling.
Reading Time: 4 minutes Each election cycle, dark money groups and Super PACs are finding new ways to circumvent laws meant to keep them from coordinating with candidates.
Reading Time: 4 minutes With the FEC in disarray, watchdog groups are working the courts to test the limits of Citizens United and reveal the donors of so-called “dark money” super PACs.
Reading Time: 14 minutes You may have heard of the Koch brothers, the Mercers, and Sheldon Adelson. Now meet the billionaire GOP donor you don’t know — but should.
Reading Time: 6 minutes Over his 30-year tenure on the US Supreme Court, Justice Anthony Kennedy has been the key vote on major issues. Though appointed by President Ronald Reagan, he has often disappointed conservatives, for example on abortion and same-sex marriage. But on democracy issues, his legacy is more mixed.
Reading Time: 8 minutes You would not believe what this year’s crop of presidential candidates have been pulling to get around, or under, election finance laws. Pop some corn, sit back, and enjoy. Or cry.
Reading Time: 2 minutes How many 2016 presidential candidates have thwarted the law through their campaigning efforts?
Reading Time: 4 minutes A WhoWhatWhy editor laments the FEC’s regulatory collapse in the face of blatant election law dance-arounds.
Reading Time: 6 minutes Campaign finance watchdog groups are calling on the Justice Department to launch investigations into the “non-campaigns” of some presidential “non-hopefuls” for flagrant violation of campaign spending limits. But when the agency responsible for enforcing such laws refuses to do so, what recourse do we have? The election has already been bought.
Reading Time: < 1 minute 2016 is setting a new precedent when it comes to coordination between candidates and their Super PACs. So far, the mindset has been, ‘it’s illegal, yes, but necessary. Why? Because every other candidate is doing it.’ (See Hillary Clinton’s stance on Citizen United and continued coordination with Super PACs). However, watchdog groups see Jeb Bush as Read More