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Buddy Roemer, ex-Governor of Louisianna and ex-US Representative appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Tuesday, September 6th, and discussed the problems with our broken election system, and possible solutions.
The FCC is considering a rule that would require disclosure of the groups behind the groups funding attack ads.
Who Writes The Check? Group Wants Voters To Know by Peter Overby If you live in a political battleground state, you probably remember being bombarded last year by TV attack ads — including ads from Citizens for Strength and Security, Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies, and other vaguely named entities. Advocates of transparency in political campaigns are still looking for a way to make public the sources of money behind those groups. On Tuesday, an advocacy organization called the Media Access Project will ask the Federal Communications Commission to impose new rules. READ MORE AT NPR.ORG
Watchdog Groups Call For Appointment of A Special Prosecutor to Investigate the Use of Secret Money to Influence Elections
Comparisons To Watergate Scandal Grows
WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, several watchdog groups, led by Protect Our Elections, dedicated to clean and transparent elections sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder requesting the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate the improper use of tax exempt provisions to raise and spend hundreds of millions of dollars to influence the 2010 midterm elections. The letter, written by Kevin Zeese, the groups' attorney and spokesman, states that groups such as American Crossroads, American Future Fund, the Chamber of Commerce and others are violating tax law, campaign finance law and criminal law by creating tax exempt organizations to engage in partisan political activity without restriction or accountability.
For Immediate Release: Contact:Angela Bradbery, Public Citizen, (202) 588-7741
Oct. 20, 2010 Kevin Zeese, Protect Our Elections, (301) 996-6582
Watchdogs to FEC: American Future Fund Appears to Be
Violating Campaign Finance Law
Conservative Organization Appears to Operate As a Political Committee But Is Registered As Nonprofit, Say Groups
WASHINGTON, D.C. – American Future Fund, a conservative nonprofit group pouring money into the 2010 midterm elections, appears to be violating campaign finance law, watchdog groups said in a complaint filed today with the Federal Election Commission (FEC).
The FEC should investigate whether American Future Fund must register as a political committee for its huge expenditures in the election, making the group subject to recordkeeping, reporting and disclosure requirements, Public Citizen, Protect Our Elections and the Center for Media and Democracy said in the complaint, available at http://www.velvetrevolution.us/images/FEC_Final_Complaint_AmericanFutureFund101510.pdf.
The group is registered as a 501(c)(4) organization, which under IRS tax code cannot have a primary purpose of influencing elections. Similarly, federal election law provides that if a group’s major purpose is electioneering and it spends at least $1,000 to influence elections, it must register as a political committee. American Future Fund’s major activity appears to be its extensive electioneering activities, the watchdogs argue.
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By Krissah Thompson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, October 19, 2010; 1:37 PM
A study of felony disenfranchisement laws has found that 800,000 former felons have been returned to the voter rolls in the past decade.
A push by criminal justice advocates and civil rights groups to rewrite state laws that sometimes place lifetime voting bans on felons has resulted in 23 states amending their policies since 1997 to expand voter eligibility, according to a report out by the Sentencing Project.
Nine states repealed or reduced their lifetime voting bans, and eight states made it easier for former felons to appeal to have their voting rights restored.
Those changes were made despite "political challenges that hinder reform and can make it difficult for elected officials to extend civil rights to persons with felony convictions," said Nicole Porter, author of the report and the Sentencing Project's state advocacy coordinator.
Existing policies vary from state to state, with Kentucky and Virginia denying ex-felons the right to vote - even after they have completed parole or probation sentences. Both states require individuals to apply to the governor for restoration of civil rights.