Many who want to reduce the influence of big campaign money on politics are frustrated by damaging Supreme Court decisions and Congressional inaction. But states and cities have demonstrated in the last few years that successful policy options exist.
The Brennan Center submitted a letter to the Wisconsin legislature raising concerns about political contribution disclosure changes contained in Senate Bill 292 and Assembly Bill 387, and urging the legislators to reject the bills.
In this new paper, the Brennan Center considers whether relaxing certain campaign finance regulations in order to direct political money back into the official party organizations can help strengthen American democracy.
Outside groups set up to benefit specific candidates have raised twice as much as candidates themselves in the 2016 race. Groups reported to have close ties to a candidate account for 96 percent of outside fundraising.