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PFAW Commends NH Senate for Passing Bill Supporting an Amendment to Get Big Money Out of Politics
Today the New Hampshire Senate unanimously passed a bill (S.B. 136) in support of a constitutional amendment to overturn decisions like Citizens United v. FEC. The bill also calls for a committee to study the proposed amendments currently being...
Shining a Light on Corporate 'Dark Money'
This op-ed was originally published at OtherWords.com. If 2014 was the “Year of Dark Money” in elections, then 2016 is likely to be the “Year of Way, Way More Dark Money” — that is, unless something big changes soon....
Payday Loan Interests Funneled Dark Money into Fight Against Oversight
On Tuesday the Huffington Post’s Paul Blumenthal revealed that in 2012, the Online Consumers Network, an “arm of the online payday loan empire industry,” gave $200,000 to two dark money groups connected to top House Republicans...
Eleven NH Towns Pass Resolutions Calling for Amendment to Get Big Money Out of Elections
Last week, 11 new towns in New Hampshire passed resolutions calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn cases like Citizens United v. FEC. The resolutions direct state and federal legislators to guarantee that Congress and states can once...
Following the Money in Wisconsin and Beyond
On Monday, Wisconsin became the 25th so-called “right to work” state when Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill into law that undermines workers’ rights and is likely to reduce wages in the state. This divisive bill, which would have...
Jeb Bush's version of #GetMoneyOut more like #SaveItForLater
In telling his super-rich donors to hold off – for now – on seven-figure contributions, Jeb Bush shows just how outsized an influence money holds over our democracy. They are ready to give that and far more, and they will, but everyday Americans could work a whole lifetime and never come close to that kind of political spending.
PFAW and 50+ Allies Ask Obama to Require Government Contractors to Disclose Political Spending
Yesterday People For the American way joined more than fifty other organizations in sending a letter to President Obama asking him to issue an executive order requiring government contractors to disclose all of their political spending. Right now...
President Obama Underscores His Support for an Amendment to Overturn Citizens United
In an interview with Vox released today, President Obama expressed his support for constitutional remedies to our country’s worsening money in politics problem. The president said: I would love to see some constitutional process that would...
PFAW and Allies Advocate for Amendment to #GetMoneyOut in New Hampshire
PFAW activists joined with allies from Public Citizen, Open Democracy, and others last Thursday at public hearings on New Hampshire House and Senate bills calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn decisions like Citizens United. About 50...
Democracy For All Amendment to #GetMoneyOut Becomes Bipartisan Bill
On Monday the push for the Democracy For All Amendment, a proposed constitutional amendment that would overturn decisions like Citizens United v. FEC and allow legislators to put reasonable limits on money in elections, became a bipartisan effort in...
Democracy Reform Package Reintroduced in the 114th Congress on Citizens United 5th Anniversary
On Wednesday (1/21), at a press event on Capitol Hill, Congressional leaders focused on solutions to the money in politics problem by announcing the reintroduction of a host of pro-democracy bills in the 114th Congress, including small donor...
Reform Groups Commend Congressional Leaders on Reintroduction of Money in Politics Legislation
The undersigned organizations commend today’s reintroduction by key Congressional sponsors of the “Defending Democracy” legislative package, a suite of proposed solutions to the problem of big money domination of our elections (...
On Eve of Fifth Anniversary of Citizens United, Advocates Reach 5 Million Signatures Calling to Overturn Decision
On the eve of the fifth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC, reform groups announced today that they have now collected five million petition signatures in support of a constitutional amendment to overturn...
PFAW Edit Memo: The Growing Movement to Defend Democracy Five Years After Citizens United
To: Interested Parties From: Marge Baker, Executive Vice President, People For the American Way Date: January 20, 2015 Re: The Growing Movement to Defend Democracy Five Years After Citizens United Five years ago this week, the Supreme Court...
#DemandDemocracy Video Blog: Big Money in Politics Affects Climate Change
Our new video series explores how big money in politics undermines critical issues like gender equality, economic justice, and the environment.
#DemandDemocracy Video Blog: Why Money in Politics is a Women’s Equality Issue
Our new video series explores how big money in politics undermines critical issues like gender equality, economic justice, and the environment.
Wall Street Giveaway in Spending Bill is Big Money Political Influence at its Worst
It’s hard to know where to begin when running down the list of harmful special interest giveaways in the omnibus spending bill narrowly passed by the House yesterday. Earlier this week, we wrote about a rider in the bill that would allow the...
New Report Highlights the Racial Inequities of Big Money in Politics
The infusion of big money into our democracy is helping to perpetuate racial inequalities, according to a report released yesterday by Demos. As we have seen in recent election cycles, the most aggressive and influential political donors are...
Proposed Spending Bill Would Let Wealthy Political Donors Give Even More
Just what our country needs after the most expensive midterms in history: a bill that lets big political donors spend even more money. The government spending bill released by the House last night includes a rider that would drastically increase the...
Soon-To-Be Senate Majority Leader McConnell Tests the Waters on Further Gutting Campaign Finance Laws
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who is poised to become the new Senate Majority Leader when Republicans take over the Senate in January, is well known for his opposition to limits on big money in politics – whether through his unabashed support...
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