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Victory in California ‘Dark Money’ Scheme

Simply put: today is a day of victory for common sense campaign disclosure laws and the people of California! A pair of Arizona non-profit groups that in 2012 funneled $15 million from anonymous donors into two California ballot initiative campaigns – and were flushed out thanks to a complaint from California Common Cause – agreed Thursday to pay $1 million in fines to the state.

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Meet the Man Leading the Counter-Campaign Finance Reformation

With the McCutcheon v. FEC Supreme Court case scheduled to be heard on October 8th of this year, a mere three years after the decision of Citizens United v. FEC, the organized challenge to campaign finance reform is becoming a bit too conspicuous not to notice. The man spearheading this campaign finance counter-reformation is James Bopp, […]

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Laugh of the day

  “Our members are proud to be part of [the organization]” – Marc Short, President of Freedom Partners, a Koch brothers-backed, tax-exempt outfit profiled by Politico on Thursday.   Interviewed for a Politico story on his previously unknown tentacle of the Kochtopus, Short showed off federal tax forms demonstrating how Freedom Partners funneled $236 million last […]

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Common Cause Presses President’s Election Commission to Eliminate Obstacles to Voting

As President Obama’s Commission on Election Administration searches for ways to shorten the long lines that plagued last year’s voting and smooth out other kinks in the machinery of our elections, Common Cause chapters across the country are drawing on our work with voters and election officials to highlight problems and propose solutions. In testimony […]

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California convenes grand jury to look into dark money

Since Common Cause filed its complaint in October 2012, little information has been made public . This new flux of subpoenas, many of which were given to wealthy conservatives associated with the Koch brothers, confirms that a grand jury investigation is underway. The result of this investigation could lead to an over $10 million penalty and criminal charges, which seem to be just a small, but emblematic, drop in Koch Industries $100 billion dollar annual bucket.

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