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    Current Legislation in Congress on Campaign Finance 8-27-15

    Below are the bills and proposed Constitutional amendments filed so far in the 114th Congress (as of 8-27-2015), along with summary information about the status of each.  They are sorted by the number of cosponsors, as this is an indication of the likelihood that the bill or amendment might pass.  So far, none of the bills or proposed amendments has been approved by either chamber of Congress.  There have been 34 bills proposed so far and 13 proposes amendments to the Constitution.

    Additional information about each proposed bill or amendment, including summaries and the actual text, can be found at thomas.loc.gov.

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    Ask YOUR Members of Congress to Say No to Special Interest $

    Ask YOUR members of Congress to say NO to Special Interest money, and yes to people.  Fill out your information below and your message will be sent to your members of Congress (Representative and Senators).

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    Fundraising by Members of the House of Representatives

    Here at CleanSlateNow.org, we are now tracking the fundraising of all Members of Congress, including their reliance on special interest group money to support their candidacy, as well as how much of their funds come from small, individual donors. 

    We will soon also begin reporting on their support for or opposition to reforms.

    If we are missing information on any of the candidates, and you can help find a public statement by any of the candidates, please email us a link at info@cleanslatenow.org.

    These results reflect the reports filed with the Federal Election Commission and made publicly available as of July 22, 2015.

    Here are the current members of the House of Representatives listed by state and then alphabetically:

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    PACs, Super PACs, and Presidential Candidates

    As of July 14, 2015, 489 candidates filed a Statement of Candidacy (FEC Form 2) to run for President of the United States in 2016.  Here at CleanSlateNow.org, we are now tracking every major candidate, especially their reliance on special interest group money to support their candidacy - both from organizations giving to their official campaign committees and through donations to any affiliated Super PACs.  

    We are also tracking their statements on campaign finance issues, including about the Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court in 2010, but only where we can document and link to a published report of the statement or the candidate's own website.  If we are missing information on any of the candidates, and you can help find a public statement by any of the candidates, please email us a link at info@cleanslatenow.org.  

    Here are the major candidates listed in a random order:

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    How Special Interests Buy Influence

    PACs, Super PACs, and Dark Money: these are three of the primary tools used by self-interested individuals and groups to buy access, influence, and ultimately results in our political process. 

    Do you know what these terms mean?  Most people do not, but understanding them is key to understanding how to fix the corruption in our political process.  Below is our summary and a graphic we created to illustrate the key parts of this information. 

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    PAC Money and the Colorado Legislature

    After countless volunteer and staff hours, Clean Slate Now has finally been able to complete our initial analysis of special interest group contributions to the state legislators here in Colorado.

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    Feb 2015 Clean Slate Now Analysis of PAC Money in Congress

    Last year, we published our first look at how much Members of Congress rely on contributions from political action committees (PACs) to fund their campaigns.  Now that the final campaign finance reports from Congress are available from the most recent election cycle, we can provide an update.  These new data suggest some important lessons to be learned by groups working to reduce sources of campaign finance corruption.  

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