The Brennan Center applauds the Internal Revenue Service proposal released on November 29 to clarify the permissible activities of IRC Section 501 c(4) “social welfare” organizations. During the 2012 election cycle, some contributors to political campaigns exploited ambiguities in the tax code to gather and spend large donations anonymously, without having to comply with campaign finance laws that limit the size of contributions and require disclosure of donors to political committees.
The Moreland Commission has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to address the corrupting nature of New York’s broken campaign finance system and the crisis of public trust it engenders. It must take bold action and push transformative polices.
When big money holds so much power over Albany, members of the public turn away in disgust, and democracy loses its lifeblood. Only comprehensive campaign finance reform, with public financing at its core, can restore public trust in government.
Reflecting a shift in attitudes towards the flawed mass incarceration system, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a recent hearing titled “Reevaluating the Effectiveness of Federal Mandatory Minimum Sentences.”
Wealthy interests have undue influence over Albany's policy choices, eroding public trust in government. Comprehensive campaign finance reform, with a small donor matching system like New York City's at its core, can help restore that trust.
The Presidential Commission on Election Administration held its fourth public meeting Thursday, hearing testimony from election officials, political scientists, and voting experts on best practices for running elections.