The Campaign Finance Task Force has completed an informational paper that covers a brief history of LWV action on campaign finance, what the LWV has done, is doing now and what Leagues can also do.

The League signed on to an amicus brief sent to the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of American Tradition Partnership vs. Montana. The case asks the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the state’s Corrupt Practices Act.

The League joined 13 other civic organizations in solid opposition to S. 1100, the so-called “Keeping Politics Out of Federal Contracting Act.” The letter was sent to Senators Lieberman and Collins, the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

The League joined civic organizations and investor groups calling on Congress to approve the DISCLOSE Act, HR 4010.

The League sent the following letter to the US Senate encouraging Senators to cosponsor the DISCLOSE Act of 2012, S. 2219. This bill restores transparenct to U.S. elections by requiring complete disclosure of spending on big-money advertising in candidate elections.

The League joined coalition partners in calling for the President to respond and take action on the effort to nominate new commissioners to the Federal Election Commission (FEC). The effort collected over 27,000 signatures through the "We the People" petition process on Petitions are required to reach at 25,000 signature threshold in order to solicit a response from the Administration and the FEC petition hit that goal 2 months ago.

The following statement Statement by Elisabeth MacNamara, President League of Women Voters of the United States on The DISCLOSE Act of 2012, S. 2219 was read for the Senate Rules Committee on March 29, 2012.

The League signed onto a letter to the US Senate in support of the DISCLOSE Act introduced by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) on Wednesday, March 21.

The League and coalition partners wrote to follow up on the “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.

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.