May 2014 Enews

MESSAGE FROM OUR FOUNDER...CAMPUS HIGHLIGHT…MONEY ON MY MIND…QUOTE OF THE MONTH...IDEA OF THE MONTH…FACTS YOU CAN USE A MESSAGE FROM OUR FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT This is our final ENEWS of the year. But of course we’ll be back again in September for our 14th year, with actions and activism by Democracy Matters students all over the country. Democracy Matters chapters continue to mobilize young people to advocate for public campaign financing – the reform that can make our government truly of, by and for the American people a reality. I send my personal congratulations to Democracy Matters activists – from California to Vermont, from North Carolina to Colorado – for your passion, determination, and many successes. I’m looking forward to working with you again next year as together we transform America. Adonal CAMPUS HIGHLIGHT: THE ... Read More

McCutcheon’s Contradictions

The recent McCutcheon v. Federal Elections Commission decision pushed the Supreme Court’s aggressive attack on campaign finance reform further than it has ever done. In this case, it struck down aggregate limits to individual private donations. Limitations do remain in place concerning how much money an individual can give to specific candidates. But the Court ruled that restrictions on the overall amount that donors can provide to campaigns, parties and political action committees are unconstitutional. Given the number of candidates for federal office, and above all the myriad PACs in existence, this ruling means that the super-rich are now free to spend as much as they want in their efforts to shape the political landscape. In its justification for unleashing what will prove to be a tidal wave of political wealth, the Court resorted to the same reasoning that has driven its decisions in the past. Its doctrine is that the ... Read More