Hundreds of millions of dollars, funneled through nonprofit organizations, are spent on election ads. The proposed IRS rules will help ensure the nonprofit form is not abused by those who want to anonymously spend massive sums on elections.
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul urged a Kentucky Senate committee to restore voting rights to people with past criminal convictions. His testimony comes one week after Attorney General Eric Holder called on states to restore rights.
Nearly 6 million Americans are barred from voting because of a criminal conviction in their past. Attorney General Eric Holder's call to restore voting rights to these citizens is a significant step forward for democracy.
Hundreds of bills to improve access to the polls have been introduced leading up to the 2014 election, in sharp contrast to the spate of restrictive laws introduced before 2012, a new Brennan Center analysis found.
Elections are dominated by big donors who can afford to buy political access. Comprehensive campaign finance reform, including public financing, is needed to empower those average voters who are shut out under the current system.
In a friend-of-the-court brief, the Brennan Center explained that the Supreme Court’s expansion of corporate political speech in Citizens United provides no basis for recognizing religious rights in for-profit corporations.