January 14, 2015

Supreme Court

Five Years After Citizens United: A Joint Research Release:

In an unprecedented display of unity, eight major money in politics organizations will come together for the first time ever to jointly release each group's independent research on the role of money in the 2014 midterm elections, with particular emphasis on the effects of 2010’s Citizens United v. FEC. 

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Panel 1

  • Karen Shanton, Demos - Large-donor dominance of candidate fundraising in competitive elections
  • Ian Vandewalker, Brennan Center for Justice - Outside spending in Senate races
  • Brendan Fischer, Center for Media and Democracy - The latest threat to laws preventing coordination between candidates and outside groups
  • Taylor Lincoln, Public Citizen - Single-candidate and party-aligned outside groups
  • Bert Brandenburg, Justice at Stake - The role of money in 2014 state judicial campaigns

Panel 2

  • Jay Riestenberg, Common Cause - How money in politics is blocking progress on key issues important to the American people
  • Adam Lioz, Demos - How our big-money system hurts candidates and communities of color

Panel 3

  • Tam Doan, Public Campaign - Publicly funded elections: success stories from the states
  • Dan Smith, PIRG - How a small-donor matching program can make a difference in congressional campaigns
  • Rep. Matt Lesser, State Representative, Connecticut

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