Article: How Our Campaign Finance System Compares to Other Countries

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How Our Campaign Finance System Compares to Other Countries

We may well be heading toward the removal of all contribution limits. How do other advanced democracies regulate their campaign contributions and spending?

With the Supreme Court’s decision in the McCutcheon case, some people think we’re heading for the complete removal of contribution limits from campaigns. Jeffrey Toobin, for instance, argues that the way Justice Roberts defines corruption-basically, nothing short of outright bribery qualifies-means that he could well be teeing things up to eliminate contribution limits entirely in some future case.

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Mexico to evaluate need for tax reform after midterm elections

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Mexico to evaluate need for tax reform after midterm elections

Mexico will this year evaluate the need for a tax reform, Finance Minister Arturo Herrera told Reuters on Thursday, saying the federal government was talking to states about their fiscal requirements to see if conditions exist for such a shake-up.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador campaigned on a promise of no tax hikes or new taxes in the first three years of his government, a period which ends in December.

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Article: U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Restrictions on Corporate and Union Campaign Speech

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U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Restrictions on Corporate and Union Campaign Speech

On January 21, 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a groundbreaking decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which held that portions of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law banning corporate and union expenditures on political speech violate the First Amendment.  The decision also calls into question similar restrictions on corporate speech in two dozen States.

The case arose out of Citizens United’s January 2008 release of Hillary:  The Movie, a 90-minute critical documentary about then-Senator Hillary Clinton, who was a candidate for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination.

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Article: Who Votes With Automatic Voter Registration?

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Who Votes With Automatic Voter Registration?

Impact Analysis of Oregon’s First-in-the-Nation Program

After several years of work by a diverse set of citizen groups and government officials, Oregon passed the nation’s first automatic voter registration (AVR) law in 2015.1 It went into effect in January 2016 and was in use for the 2016 elections. Locally termed Oregon Motor Voter (OMV), the program aims to modernize the voter registration system, make voter rolls more accurate and efficient, simplify the registration process for voters and administrators, and increase voter participation.

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Article: Universal Voter Registration

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Universal Voter Registration

California’s strength flows from a willingness to innovate and improve upon the American experiment in democracy. Recent elections underscore the importance of revamping the way we register citizens to vote, with the twin goals of registering all eligible voters and decreasing opportunities for voter fraud. Voter rolls should be complete and clean

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Article: Election Reform: Six Principles Could Bridge Differences

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Election Reform: Six Principles Could Bridge Differences

A critical test of American democracy this past year has been
our ability to convert outrage and embarrassment over the 2000
presidential vote count into significant improvements in
administration of elections.

Although many advocates and analysts chafed at the slow pace
of action, the House passed a bill late last year, and the Senate
is expected to approve its own bill next week.

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