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Small Donor Solutions for Big money: The 2014 elections and Beyond

January 13th, 2015 | Tam Doan

There’s no denying it. Big money in elections is getting bigger and the increased cost of elections is fueled by a shrinking handful of America’s wealthiest individuals. There’s some good news. State-level, broad “clean elections” models are still drawing in hundreds of candidates, with Connecticut leading the way. Our analysis shows federal small dollar matching systems like the Government by the People Act could also be effective, even in the imperfect world of growing outside spending.

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Poll: Voters Think Congress Cares More About Donors Than Them

November 10th, 2014 | Adam Smith

Voters are acutely aware that wealthy interests have an increasing influence on the political process and they have a strong appetite for change, according to a new poll conducted during and immediately after Election Day by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner on behalf of campaign finance watchdog Every Voice.

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Poll: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

July 31st, 2014 | Adam Smith

In an intensely anti-Washington mood, voters in top battleground states are tired of our big money campaign finance system and they will reward politicians who show leadership on solutions that empower everyday people in our politics, according to new polling released today by Democracy Corps and Every Voice.

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Billionaires for McConnell or McConnell for Billionaires?

September 12th, 2013 | Tam Doan

When Sen. Mitch McConnell’s attorney tells the Supreme Court in October to throw out contribution limits, he’ll be asking the Court to expand the political power of dozens of the wealthiest Americans who donate to the Kentucky senator’s campaign, according to Every Voice analysis of campaign finance data.

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Cashing In On Obstruction

January 2nd, 2013 | Tam Doan

This report links the big trends and donors in McConnell’s enthusiastic fundraising career with his willingness to foment legislative dysfunction, which serves to increase his power and enrich his corporate donors while leaving American families to struggle. The eight cases of obstruction examined in this report span several important policies and highly competent judicial and administrative nominees. These cases are among the many instances where McConnell placed the interests of his big money donors ahead of Kentuckians and everyday families.

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