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    Clean Election Toolkit for Volunteers

    The contribution and coordination rules at the federal level are difficult even for candidates to understand.  Each of the 50 states has a different set of rules for campaign fundraising and spending, as well as independent expenditure reporting.  Our Clean Election Toolkit distills all of that complexity down to a few simple realities about campaigns in American:

    1. Self-interested, special interest donors give money to candidates to influence policy for their benefit, not for the benefit of the overall community.

    2. Those donations are not just impacting one issue - they are having an impact across the country, on a broad range of key issues.

    3. This problem isn't going to go away on its own.  In fact, it's getting worse.  But there are solutions available.

    Take a look at the materials we've created to help clear up the confusion, or you can click here to sign up as a volunteer and request a Clean Election Toolkit. While you could print these documents at home, we offer Clean Election Toolkits because the quality of the materials and printing we can send to you is generally much better than what most people can print at home.

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    Jon Oliver Summarizes What's Wrong with Congressional Fundraising

    Ever wonder why so many Members of Congress are happy to take PAC money?

    Jon Oliver explains...

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    Presidential Campaign Fundraising Update

    Last week, we updated you on the amount of special interest political action committee (PAC) money that has already been donated to current members of the House of Representatives.  This week, we focus on campaign spending in the Presidential race among the remaining six major party candidates (there are over 150 candidates who officials file reports with the Federal Election Commission (FEC)).  

    For this analysis, we report on two different ways to impact campaigns: (1) direct contributions to each of the candidates' campaigns and (2) independent expenditures made by Super PACs and other special interest groups.

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    Update on PAC $ Contributions to US House Members

    Congress_Capitol_Bldg_Clean.gifTwo years ago, we started tracking how much Members of Congress rely on contributions from special interest group political action committees (PACs) to fund their campaigns.  Our first report two years ago focused on how much money each member of Congress (at that time) had taken over the course of their entire career.  Last year, our analysis focused on Members of Congress and the 2014 election cycle.  This year, our analysis focuses on the first half of the 2016 Election Cycle.

    If you want to find your own Representative's fundraising totals, click here, where you can also find your Representative and contact them.

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    Famous Quotes on Politics

    Here are some famous quotes and slogans on the importance of politics, including money in politics issues:

     

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    2015 State Campaign Finance Legislation

    The National Conference of State Legislatures tracks all legislation in state legislatures throughout the country, including on campaign finance issues.  According to this database, there have been 787 bills proposed across the 50 states, and 95 of those have been enacted.

    Legislatures have adjourned in 43 states, and remain in session in 7 states as of this analysis.

    For detailed information about the bills that have passed, click on the state, which will take you to the legislature's website where you can search the bill code for detailed information.

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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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    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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