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Money in Politics

Elections should be about the voters not big money interests. It’s time to limit SuperPACs and secret donors to protect representative democracy.

Why it matters

Reducing the influence of big money in our politics makes our elections fairer. Voters have the right to know who is raising money for which political candidates, how much money they are raising and how that money is being spent. Our elections should be free from corruption and undue influence and should work so that everyday Americans can run for office, even if they aren't well connected to wealthy special interests. 

What we're doing

We fight to reform money in politics in Congress, with state legislatures, with the executive branch and, where appropriate, the courts. We are deeply committed to reforming our nation's campaign finance system to ensure the public's right to know, combat corruption and undue influence, and enable candidates to compete more equitably in public office and allow maximum citizen participation in the political process. 

Money in Politics In Depth

The League is participating in #GivingTuesday, an annual campaign created to promote a national day of giving at the start of the holiday season.

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case McCutcheon v. FEC, a case regarding contribution limits and corruption in campaign finance.

The U.S. Supreme Court will soon hear the case, McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission (FEC). Labeled the “next Citizens United," the case challenges the spending limits imposed on individual donors as a means of preventing corruption.

The League joined a brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of McCutcheon v. FEC. The Supreme Court will hear arguments in this case during their fall session. The outcome of McCutcheon v. FEC will determine whether the overall caps on the amount of money that individuals can donate to multiple candidates or political parties are a violation of the First Amendment.

The League joined reform organizations in sending a letter to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to strongly urge the Commissioners to take no action regarding the FEC Enforcement Manual until the two nominees who have been appointed to serve on the Commission are confirmed and take office.

The summer and fall months of 2013 are shaping up to play an important role in the fight to reform our broken campaign finance system. Here’s a little more detail on what is going on around this issue.

Next Tuesday, February 12th, President Obama will deliver his annual State of the Union (SOTU) address, which will outline his key priorities for the year and second term in office.

January 1, 2013 is the deadline for our financial future.

"Our local League of Women Voters  has taken up the issue of truth in campaign advertising and recently sponsored a community dialogue on the subject. Yet more awareness on the part of the public is needed. We have, as a nation, the privilege of voting for our government. Let us do so with the most accurate information possible."

 

“On Wednesday, in the heat of another pitched American battle over voting rights, one that is playing out in courthouses and state capitals all across the nation, the Senate Judiciary Committee met yet again to remind us of how tenuous the right to vote still is in this country. ... The hearing was called "The Citizens United Court and the Continuing Importance of the Voting Rights Act" and, as the title suggests, it was an attempt by the Democratic leadership on the Committee to connect together on Capitol Hill two legal trends of recent vintage, each beginning in 2010.”