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News Release | CoPIRG | Democracy

Supreme Court decision added $24.8 million in additional campaign spending by mega-donors

The Supreme Court’s most recent decision allowing more big money into our elections, April’s McCutcheon case, allowed $24.8 million in additional campaign spending by megadonors, according to new information released today by CoPIRG.  In Colorado’s recent Senate race, megadonors giving $1,000 or more were responsible for 49% of all campaign contributions, while only 20% of all contributions came from those giving $200 or less.

Report | CoPIRG Foundation and Demos | Democracy

The Dominance of Big Money in the 2014 Congressional Elections

In 2014, large donors accounted for the vast majority of all individual federal election contributions this cycle, just as they have in previous elections. Seven of every 10 individual contribution dollars to the federal candidates, parties, PACs and Super PACs that were active in the 2013-2014 election cycle came from donors who gave $200 or more. Candidates alone got 84 percent of their individual contributions from large donors.

Report | CoPIRG Foundation | Democracy

Big Money Dominates in Congressional Primaries

Our analysis of fund-raising data from 2014’s congressional primaries examines the way these dynamics are playing out state by state across the country. While some states show markedly more inequity than others, the picture painted by the data is of a primary money race where large donors carry more weight than ordinary Americans. Nationwide, just under two-thirds of all candidate contributions came from the largest donors (those giving over $1,000). And fewer than 5,500 large donors matched the primary contributions coming from at least 440,000 donors nationwide.

News Release | CoPIRG | Democracy

Today Supreme Court Ruled for Another Flood of Big Money

Today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in McCutcheon v. FEC to strike down overall, or aggregate, contribution limits to candidates and political committees. U.S. PIRG research found that this ruling could bring $1 billion in additional campaign contributions from fewer than 2,800 elite donors through the 2020 election cycle.

Report | CoPIRG | Democracy

McCutcheon Money

We project that striking the aggregate contribution limit would bring more than $1 billion in additional campaign contributions from elite donors through the 2020 election cycle.

News Release | CoPIRG | Democracy

CoPIRG Applauds the Introduction of the Government by the People Act

CoPIRG applauded Rep. Polis and Perlmutter today for co-sponsoring new legislation aimed at raising the voices of everyday people in the political process. Rep. Polis and Perlmutter are co-sponsors of the Government By the People Act (H.R. 20), legislation that would allow candidates to run competitive campaigns for office by relying on small dollar donors.

Resource | Democracy

Letter to Denver School Board Candidates Requesting Contribution Disclosure

With the Denver School Board elections almost a month away, Denver Alliance, the Denver Classroom Teachers Association Retirees, Colorado Fair Share, and CoPIRG are requesting candidates for the 2013 Denver School Board to voluntarily disclose campaign contributions of at least $100 or more before the election on your respective websites.

News Release | CoPIRG | Democracy

6 Congress members Receive Failing Grades for Inaction on Amendment 65

Only three of Colorado’s nine Congress members have taken concrete action in response to Amendment 65, a call to action by Colorado voters last November to get big money out of our elections, according to a new report by CoPIRG and Colorado Common Cause. The two organizations graded the delegation on the same day that the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on McCutcheon vs FEC, a case that could exacerbate the flood of big money in politics.

Report | CoPIRG | Democracy

Pass or Fail

Nearly a year later and almost half-way through the term of the 113th Congress, it is past time for the Colorado delegation to act on Amendment 65 and move forward a constitutional amendment that allows for campaign spending limits. To measure which Congress members are taking their voters seriously and which ones are not, we graded them on whether they had taken a simple yet important step to follow the wishes of Colorado voters. Did they introduce or cosponsor a constitutional amendment that would fulfill the call to action of Amendment 65?

Issue | Health Care

Fighting The High Cost Of Rx Drugs

Brand-name drug companies have been paying off generic drug makers to delay competition and keep prices high. This widespread pay-for-delay scheme needs to be put to an end. 

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