• FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kelly Ceballos
    January 21, 2010 202-263-1331

    CITIZENS UNITED DECISION SETS OFF REVOLUTION IN CAMPAIGN FINANCE
    Supreme Court Erred, Decision Undermines Basic Pillar of American Democracy

    Washington, DC –The following is a statement by Mary G. Wilson, national president of the League of Women Voters on the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC.   The League filed an amicus brief in this case:

    “The Supreme Court has made a tragic mistake.  Their decision announced today in Citizens United v. FEC is constitutionally irresponsible and will surely bring about an anti-democratic revolution in how we finance elections in this country.  Today, basic pillars of American democracy have been undermined – that elections should not be corrupted by vast corporate wealth and that the voters should be at the center of our democratic system. 

      "Justice Stevens had it right when he said, in his dissent, ‘The Court’s ruling threatens to undermine the integrity of elected institutions across the Nation. The path it has taken to reach its outcome will, I fear, do damage to this institution.’

    “In creating a new constitutional right for corporations to spend unlimited amounts of their shareholder’s money to determine the outcome in candidate elections, the Court has unleashed into our elections tremendous sums of money from for-profit corporations that cannot possibly be matched in quantity by contributions from ordinary citizens.  The only possible outcome of this is that big money and special interests will have an even tighter grip on our democracy.

    “Congress and the President enacted campaign finance laws over a series of decades for a reason – to protect our democracy from the perverse influence of big money in our elections. In making this decision, the Court has ignored the best interests of the American public and our representative form of government.” 

    Reporters wishing to speak with Ms. Wilson should contact Kelly Ceballos at kceballos@lwv.org or 202-263-1331.

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  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kelly Ceballos
    January 11, 2009 202-263-1331

    LEAGUE, GROUPS ISSUE REPORT ON OBAMA ADMINISTRATION’S ETHICS, LOBBYING & TRANSPARENCY REFORMS
    Call on Administration to Take on Public Financing, FEC Reforms

    Washington, DC – The League of Women Voters and other groups today issued a report grading the Obama Administration’s first year of achievements in ethics, lobbying and government transparency.

    “The Obama Administration took extraordinary steps forward in 2009 – adopting the strongest and most comprehensive lobbying, ethics and transparency rules and policies ever established to govern its own activities” said Mary G. Wilson, national president of the League. 

    “At the same time, these achievements are only the essential first steps,” Wilsonstated.    “We call on the Obama Administration to continue to lead in changing the way business is done in our nation’s capital,” added Wilson “2010 is the time to tackle the critical reforms that will clean up the corrupting effects of campaign money throughout our government,” she said. 

    “The administration’s government reform agenda this year must focus on the reform and enforcement of the nation’s campaign finance laws.  The League believes that this means:   Repairing the presidential public financing system; Establishing a new public financing system for congressional races; and Fundamental reform of the Federal Election Commission (FEC),” stated Wilson.

    “The FEC is failing as an enforcement agency just as the nation is preparing for the 2010 elections.  As a start, we urge the President to use his appointment power to put the agency on a better path,” she said.   

    The report card issued by the League, Common Cause, Democracy21 and U.S. PIRG details seven areas in which the administration has implemented government reforms and provides a grade for each area.

    • Revolving Door Lobbying Ban, A
    • Open Government, A
    • Reverse Revolving Door Restrictions, A
    • Lobbyist Gift Ban, B
    • Preventing Lobbyists from Serving on Advisory Boards, B 
    • Restrictions on Seeking Stimulus Funds, B
    • Restrictions on Seeking Financial Bailout, No Grade

    To read the full report and a more detailed explanation of each grade, click here.

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  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kelly Ceballos
    January 11, 2010 202-263-1331

    LEAGUE, GROUPS ISSUE REPORT ON OBAMA ADMINISTRATION’S ETHICS, LOBBYING & TRANSPARENCY REFORMS
    Call on Administration to Take on Public Financing, FEC Reforms

    Washington, DC – The League of Women Voters and other groups today issued a report grading the Obama Administration’s first year of achievements in ethics, lobbying and government transparency.

    “The Obama Administration took extraordinary steps forward in 2009 – adopting the strongest and most comprehensive lobbying, ethics and transparency rules and policies ever established to govern its own activities” said Mary G. Wilson, national president of the League. 

    “At the same time, these achievements are only the essential first steps,” Wilsonstated.    “We call on the Obama Administration to continue to lead in changing the way business is done in our nation’s capital,” added Wilson “2010 is the time to tackle the critical reforms that will clean up the corrupting effects of campaign money throughout our government,” she said. 

    “The administration’s government reform agenda this year must focus on the reform and enforcement of the nation’s campaign finance laws.  The League believes that this means:   Repairing the presidential public financing system; Establishing a new public financing system for congressional races; and Fundamental reform of the Federal Election Commission (FEC),” stated Wilson.

    “The FEC is failing as an enforcement agency just as the nation is preparing for the 2010 elections.  As a start, we urge the President to use his appointment power to put the agency on a better path,” she said.   

    The report card issued by the League, Common Cause, Democracy21 and U.S. PIRG details seven areas in which the administration has implemented government reforms and provides a grade for each area.

    • Revolving Door Lobbying Ban, A
    • Open Government, A
    • Reverse Revolving Door Restrictions, A
    • Lobbyist Gift Ban, B
    • Preventing Lobbyists from Serving on Advisory Boards, B 
    • Restrictions on Seeking Stimulus Funds, B
    • Restrictions on Seeking Financial Bailout, No Grade

    To read the full report and a more detailed explanation of each grade, click here.

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  • League and Partners Release Statement on Impending Ethics Deadline

    The League and coalition partners released a statement discussing the report released by the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) and the upcoming deadline for important OCE actions.

  • League and Partners Release Statement on Impending Ethics Deadline

    The League and coalition partners released a statement discussing the report released by the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) and the upcoming deadline for important OCE actions.

  • Reform Groups Strongly Praise President Obama’s Government Integrity Reform Measures during First Hundred Days

    Statement Issued by Common Cause, Democracy 21, League of Women Voters, Public Citizen and U.S. PIRG

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