Research

Vulnerable and compromised: foreign money influencing U.S. Elections

 Despite laws banning foreign money in American elections [1], loopholes in our campaign finance system have left our electoral process vulnerable to spending by foreign governments, corporations and foreign nationals. Foreign entities can and have spent unchecked and undisclosed money to influence U.S. elections. One of the largest vulnerabilities was created by the Supreme Court’s 2010 …

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CAMPAIGN SPENDING 101

This guide describes the types of groups playing a major role and identifies some of their key features. Traditional Organizations  Federal Candidate Campaign Committees Each political candidate has a committee that can accept donations from individuals. While candidates have some leeway to ‘test the waters’, “once the individual has raised or spent more than $5,000, …

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Citizens united and the campaign finance crisis

Citizens United v. FEC was a 2010 Supreme Court case that overturned key provisions of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2003. The Court’s decision, written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, allowed unions and corporations to make unlimited political donations. It also held that such unlimited contributions from these groups and from individuals are acceptable because, …

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