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30/04/12
 On April 20, Common Cause filed a whistleblower complaint with the IRS against the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), challenging its status as a tax-exempt public charity. Hundreds of pages of internal ALEC documents, including  member email alerts with talking points and...
03/11/11
Español  Government Transparency watchdogs the Sunlight Foundation and its coalition partners, are sounding the alarm. The stakes are too high for the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction - better known as the Super Committee - to operate behind closed doors without public oversight....
19/08/11
 The enforcement of South Carolina’s new Voter ID law, which states that voters must provide an approved form of photo ID in order to vote, has been put on hold by the Department of Justice through the end of the year. According to deputy attorney Robert Cook, the next election cycle is...
09/06/11
 On June 8, 2011 Senators Jim Webb (D-VA) and Bob Corker (R-TN) introduced a joint resolution requiring the Obama Administration to provide a detailed justification of U.S. operations in Libya and prohibit the deployment of U.S.
20/01/11
One year ago Friday, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission opened the door to unprecedented campaign spending by outside groups. The 5-4 decision in favor of Citizens United declared political spending a form of protected speech under the First Amendment, and therefore not subject to...
04/01/11
On the first day of the new Congress, a simple majority is all that is required to open debate on new Senate rules. This could provide an opportunity to reduce obstructionism that has become an exponentially growing problem over the last 30 years. Every returning Democratic Senator signed a letter...
09/03/10
Iraqi voters refused to be intimidated despite insurgent attacks designed to keep them away from polling places. At least 36 people were killed. Ten million voters showed up at 10,000 polling places to vote for over 6,000 candidates in Iraq’s general election, a 62% turnout according to the...
26/01/10
On January 21 the Supreme Court made a decision that will change elections forever. In a 5-4 ruling, the Court removed the limits on corporate spending in political campaigns , paving the way for unlimited corporate influence in our elections. Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell praised the...
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