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 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.

The League and coalition partners sent a letter to Lamar Smith, House Judiciary Chair and John Conyers, Ranking Minority Member endorsing HR 2572, the Clean Up Government Act of 2011. HR 2572 would restore important tools for federal prosecutors fighting public corruption.

The League of Women Voters and other concerned organizations oppose H.R. 3463, legislation that would repeal the presidential public financing system AND terminate the Election Assistance Commission.