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Buckley v. Valeo is a January 30, 1976 Supreme Court case that struck down key pieces of Congress’ post-Watergate money in politics reforms, and set the structure of modern campaign finance law.
Spoiler alert: they do not. Rules work in corporations favor and against workers.
This Demos Explainer explores the tension between political support for deficit reduction versus job creation and economic security policies.
How 27 states, counties, and municipalities empower small donors and curb the power of big money in politics
What do people mean by “money in politics” or “campaign finance reform”? Running for office requires money—for staff, travel, TV ads, etc. In many countries, much of the cost of public elections is paid for by public funds, so the voters control the process and candidates are only accountable to their constituents. But in most places in the U.S., election campaigns are funded only with private money, most of it coming in the form of large checks from wealthy donors.
Five years after the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United v. FEC decision, what are the roles of large donors and average voters in selecting and supporting candidates for Congress?
McCutcheon struck down the limit on the total amount that one wealthy donor is permitted to contribute to all federal candidates, parties, and political action committees (PACs) combined.
Judge Kavanaugh's record raises serious concerns that he would expand the power of big money in politics, weaken voter protections, and insulate the president from the rule of law.
Big-money politics is a key barrier to people of color achieving equal representation.
A number of states have laws demanding citizens produce documentary evidence of citizenship to register to vote. These laws have far-reaching implications for voter participation in our democracy.
How the dominance of politics by the affluent & business undermines economic mobility in America
Climate change poses a tremendous threat to Florida. Sea level rise, more intense precipitation, and stronger hurricanes increase the risk of natural disaster and imperil the state’s economy and its citizens’ safety.
Why, without swift and bold action to mitigate climate change, Nevada will grow more and more vulnerable to potentially severe economic impacts.
Arizona’s citizens and its economy are among America’s most vulnerable to the growing adverse impacts of climate change.
Climate change threatens serious harm to Virginia’s economy, its people and its treasured natural resources.
Democracy has at its heart a basic promise: citizens have an equal voice in deciding who represents them.
The extent of the money in politics problem, how we got here (from a legal perspective), and what we can do to create a democracy in which the strength of a citizen’s voice does not depend on the size of her wallet.
Our data sets were provided and cleaned by Public Campaign. For the purposes of this report, Public Campaign used federal campaign contribution data made public by the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and then refined and augmented by the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP).
While GDP has been steadily increasing, indicating a growing economy, other metrics of progress show a very different picture.
The Government By the People Act increases the power of the small contributions that ordinary citizens can afford to give, providing incentives for congressional candidates to reach out to average constituents, not just dial for dollars from wealthy donors.