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Amendment Opponents Duck a Central Issue

By Meghan Cleary Opponents of a constitutional amendment to regulate campaign spending had plenty to say during Tuesday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the proposal. But they were all but silent on one of the central issues: the dangers of very wealthy people buying our elections. You’d think that Republican leaders like Sens. Mitch McConnell […]

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Grassroots activism needed to shine light on ‘dark money’ in political fundraising

(This post was published as a guest column in the Cambridge Chronicle, click here.) Four years after the Supreme Court majority in Citizens United v. FEC promised unlimited political fundraising posed no risks of corruption as long as the donors are disclosed, the 2014 election is shaping up to have the most undisclosed money ever. […]

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Hitting the Hill for Public Financing

An amazing group of Common Cause volunteers, the DC Connection, went to Capitol Hill today to continue the proud tradition of the ‘Citizens’ Lobby;’ I was lucky enough to go along. We met with staffers for Reps. Bruce Braley (IA-1), John Sarbanes (MD-3), and Jared Huffman (CA-2) to discuss the Government By the People Act […]

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Federal Judge’s Decision in Wisconsin Signals Legalized Coordination of Candidates, Groups

A federal judge in Wisconsin put one of the few remaining constraints on political spending on the endangered list this week, ruling that candidates are free to coordinate their “issue advocacy” with political action committees and other ostensibly outside groups. Though the ruling was quickly appealed, campaign finance reform advocates said it could allow outside […]

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Letter to the editor: A way forward on campaign finance?

Disclosure is indeed one way forward on campaign finance (A way forward on campaign finance?, Boston Globe May 2), but federal and state lawmakers have yet to break new ground on the issue. The result is a disservice to voters. Analysts predict the 2014 federal elections will have the most undisclosed political giving on record. […]

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