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Harper v. Virginia and the Wealth Primary as a New Poll Tax

Today is the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Harper v. Virginia State Board of Elections, which struck down poll taxes in state elections as violating the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. Virginia’s poll taxes, enacted in … More »

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How Big Donors Drove Tax Reform

There was big news this week on the money in politics front. Recent Federal Election Commission filings show that less than two weeks after the House passed the tax bill, Charles and Elizabeth Koch each donated $247,700 to Paul Ryan’s super PAC, … More »

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New friend-of-the-court brief argues for self-government

Today, Free Speech For People filed a friend-of-the-court brief (along with Prof. David Fontana of George Washington University Law School) arguing that an Alaska campaign finance law should be upheld because it serves a compelling government interest in democratic self-government More »

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Connecticut Moves Forward with Challenges to Super PACs and Foreign-Influenced Corporate Political Spending

The movement to push back against Citizens United took another step forward today. As we’ve written elsewhere, two particular threats to democracy can be tackled even while Citizens United stands and no matter who is confirmed as the next Supreme Court Justice. More »

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Jasmine Gomez: Citizens United, the First Amendment, and the Ballot

Our Democracy Honors Fellow, Jasmine Gomez published an op-ed today to Common Dreams, on “Citizens United, the First Amendment, and the Ballot.” In Jasmine’s latest piece, she rebuts the critics of a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United, and reminds us all of our democracy’s aim for “political equality” — that is before the Court’s Buckley v. Valeo ruling. Jasmine writes,

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