• The League and government watchdog organizations today asked presidential candidates and President Barack Obama, to reveal more details about fundraisers for their presidential campaigns who "bundle" contributions in amounts greatly exceeding what they're permitted to contribute on their own.  The request for more transparency comes during Sunshine Week and an election during which the candidates, party committees and outside groups are expected to spend more than ever before. Read the full release and letters here.

  • The League and coalition partners wrote to follow up on the WhiteHouse.gov “We the People” petition, signed by over 25,000 individuals from around the country, calling on the President to nominate new commissioners to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) prior to the 2012 elections.

  • Panel moderated by Elisabeth MacNamara, LWVUS President

    Panelists: Eleanor Clift, Newsweek Political Reporter and The McLaughlin Group Panelist; Mickey Edwards, Director of the Aspen Institute-Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership and former Congressman (R-OK); Trevor Potter, President and General Counsel of the Campaign Legal Center and former Chair of the Federal Election Commission

  • 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.
  • Kathleen Hall Jamieson is a Professor of Communication at the Annenberg Schooland Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania
  • 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.