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CALIFORNIANS WILL VOTE ON WHETHER TO OVERTURN CITIZENS UNITED

The California Supreme Court restores Proposition 49 to the ballot, The Overturn Citizens United Act.

Your savings, their campaign cash

By | Chris MacKenzie
Democracy Digital and Communications Director

For most families, retirement savings  mean hard work and a secure future. But ever since Citizens United, those savings have taken on a different meaning for big corporations trying to influence our elections.

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94 Lawmakers Urge SEC to Pursue Rules Strengthening Political Spending Disclosure

On Tuesday, 94 Members of Congress signed a letter to SEC Chairwoman Mary Jo White, urging the SEC to continue developing rules that strengthen corporate political spending disclosure. 

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SEC Rider Legal Opinion

Accompanying a congressional letter to SEC Chairwoman Mary Jo White, this legal opinion explains that an omnibus rider prevents the SEC from using FY16 funds to finalize and implement new disclosure rules, but does not prevent the agency from discussing, planning, revising, investigating or developing plans or draft proposals to prepare a final rule for after FY16.

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94 Lawmakers Urge SEC to Pursue Rules Strengthening Political Spending Disclosure

On December 22, 94 Members of Congress signed a letter to SEC Chairwoman Mary Jo White, urging the SEC to continue developing rules that strengthen corporate political spending disclosure.

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Delivering one million petitions to President Obama on dark money

U.S. PIRG joined a broad coalition to deliver one million petitions from Americans, including U.S. PIRG members and supporters, calling on President Obama to shine a light on dark money, or secret political spending.

We're still a year away from the 2016 presidential election, but we've already seen massive fundraising numbers coming from Super PACs and outside groups. Here are a few ways you can fight big money politics right now.

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D.C. Council Introduces Fair Elections Legislation

At a press conference this Tuesday, D.C. Councilmember David Grosso introduced fair elections legislation to empower small donors and reduce the influence of special interest groups in D.C. elections. Grosso was joined by the D.C. Fair Elections coalition, including DC for Democracy, D.C. Working Families, U.S. PIRG, Public Citizen, Every Voice, Communication Workers of America, and the D.C. chapter of the Sierra Club. The bill’s introduction comes after major victories in Maine and Seattle, where residents voted to create and strengthen fair election initiatives this November.

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