Fighting Corporate Domination of District Elections
Public Citizen recently released a report investigating the donations made to candidates running for office in Washington, D.C. The report, "District Development," demonstrates that corporate interests are dominating this year's election cycle, specifically interests in the real estate and construction sectors.
In addition to raising awareness about the incumbent's heavy reliance on wealthy donors and corporate interests, we hope this report helps to gain increasing support in the District for the Citizens Fair Election Program Amendment Act (B2100509), which would incentivize candidates to spend more time with the average District resident, as opposed to wealthy corporations.
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Constitutional Amendment Victory in New York
As of June 15, 2016, a majority of officials in both the New York Senate and the Assembly have signed a letter urging Congress to pass a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court's disastrous Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (FEC) and McCutcheon v. FEC decisions.
As a result, New York joined 16 other states that have called for a constitutional amendment and the legislature is the first with at least one chamber controlled by Republicans to do so -- signaling that the public's bipartisan dismay over Citizens United is finally catching up with our elected officials.
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