The Latest: Our Democracy
Make Laws, Not Money
• December 22, 2019 3:40 PM
The case of Chris Collins, the New York Republican who resigned from Congress and pleaded guilty to insider trading earlier this fall, was a rare victory in the long-running battle to ensure that members of Congress do not take improper advantage of their privileged positions.
Brennan Center Releases Guide for Election Officials to Prepare for Cyberattacks and Malfunctions
• December 19, 2019 2:56 PM
The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law has released a guide for state and local election officials about how to prepare for and recover from cyberattacks and technical failures during the primaries and on Election Day.
The Decade of Citizens United
• December 19, 2019 1:49 PM
In 2010, the largest reported individual contributors to federal campaigns in American politics were Robert and Doylene Perry, owners of Perry Homes, who donated about $7.5 million to support Republican and conservative candidates. In 2018, the largest reported contributors were casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam, who contributed about $122 million in outside money to support such candidates, representing a 16-fold increase over the Perrys’ 2010 contributions, according to data collected by the Center for Responsive Politics. What explains this dramatic shift in American elections, where the wealthiest Americans get to have even greater influence over who is elected and what policies elected officials pursue? The Supreme Court’s 2010 opinion, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.