• by Anthony Corrado Experts are predicting a $1 billion 2008 presidential race; the total cost could end up being almost double the $760 million spent by all 2004 candidates. What’s causing this surge in campaign fundraising? Is there a solution to this money race?
  • by Michael J. Malbin The thirty-year-old system for funding presidential nomination contests that seemed to work well for 20 years is now failing. This year, both major parties’ nominees rejected public matching funds; the legal ceilings for campaign spending are simply too low and inflexible. In addition, the public funding formula has failed to empower average donors, and the Presidential Election Campaign Fund cannot make timely payments because not enough people check the box on their income tax forms to pay for the program. Those who believe the system is worth saving should start thinking about the alternatives, soon.
  • On February 16, the League sent the following letter to the House of Representatives urging them to cosponsor H.R. 4010, the DISCLOSE 2012 Act. The bill would restore transparency to U.S. elections by requiring complete disclosure of spending on big-money advertising in candidate elections.

  • The League joined with 10 other organziations to send the following letter to the House of Representatives supporting H.R. 4010, the DISCLOSE 2012 Act.

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  • Thanks to the passion and hard work of all of our members and supporters, we surpassed our goal of 25,000 signatures on the FEC petition to the White House. This feat was not easy - as many of you can attest to - but we wanted to personally thank each and every one of you that signed the petition and worked to get your friends, family and neighbors to do the same.

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     LEAGUE AND PARTNERS SURPASS FEC PETITION GOAL

    Await Response from President Obama on Enforcing Campaign Finance Laws

    Washington, DC - Today, the League of Women Voters announced they had surpassed their goal of 25,000 petition signatures on the White House "We the People" website that asks President Obama to appoint new commissioners to the malfunctioning Federal Election Commission (FEC).  The League and partners Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), Campaign Legal Center, Common Cause, Democracy21 and Public Citizen launched the petition drive on January 11 in order to get a response from the Administration on this critical issue that, to date, it has ignored.

    "The Obama campaign’s decision this week to allow surrogates to assist Super PACs in raising funds illustrates how broken the system is and that the FEC is asleep at the switch," said Elisabeth MacNamara, national League President.  "The only reason that the leading presidential campaigns of both political parties are able to work with the Super PACs is that the FEC is not enforcing the law. Indeed the FEC says this is acceptable.  Our democracy needs a fully-functioning FEC," said MacNamara.

  • Spurred on by the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United, big, special-interest money from corporations and wealthy individuals is already swamping our campaigns through so-called Super PACs.

    ACT NOW to protect our democracy.

  • The League Calls on US House to pass the bipartisian "Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge" (STOCK) Act

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