Citizens United

Sherlock Holmes famously solved a mystery by noting the significance of the dog that didn’t bark – the dog’s silence suggested that the murderer could not have been a stranger.  Today, the “dog that didn’t bark” is the Supreme Court, which took no public...
06/18/2012
Blog
Last night the Federal Election Commission (FEC) voted unanimously to allow Americans to contribute to candidates and political organizations through text messaging. This move, several years in the making, came in response to rare across-the-board support for text giving by candidates, both...
06/12/2012
Blog
Tuesday's New York Times editorial on the Chamber of Commerce's clandestine intrusion into American politics didn't go far enough in explaining why hiding the identities of donors to political ads is harmful to our democracy. The editorial was, on the one hand, too concerned that the secrecy...
06/01/2012
Blog
There is a terrible beauty in how America's constitutional system seems designed to stop big changes from ever happening -- or, more specifically, stops the majority of ordinary people from ever getting their hands on real power. Different choke points emerge at different historical moments to...
05/31/2012
Blog
Speaking in Arkansas last night shortly after President Obama awarded him the Medal of Freedom, retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens addressed the controversial Citizens United decision.   Stevens dissented vigorously in the case, so his continued critique is not surprising. More...
05/31/2012
Blog
Can technology rescue democracy from grip of the 1 percent? Can we text our way to fairer elections? Lobbyists, wealthy donors and the new Super PACs dominate U.S. elections. The Supreme Court has sharply limited solutions by turning the First Amendment into a tool that these well-heeled interests...
05/30/2012
Blog
Washington, D.C. -- The United States Supreme Court should not summarily reverse the decision of the Montana Supreme Court upholding a state law restricting corporate spending in Montana elections, argue former acting Solicitor General Walter Dellinger and Professor James Sample of Hofstra Law...
05/18/2012
Press Release
This amicus brief, submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court on May 18, 2012, argues that the Court should not summarily reverse the decision of the Montana Supreme Court upholding a state law restricting corporate spending in Montana elections.  The brief was authored by Arnold & Porter LLP and...
05/17/2012
Publication
Demos commends Connecticut for passing one of the strongest campaign-finance disclosure bills in the United States and recommends that the Governor promptly sign the bill into law. This is an important bill that will bring much-needed transparency to financing for political campaigns.  In 2010...
05/10/2012
Publication
Chairman Schumer, Ranking Member Alexander, and Members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to submit testimony on behalf of Demos for the record in support of the Democracy is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections Act of 2012.  DISCLOSE is a straightforward...
03/29/2012
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