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The Challenge of 2014:  Regulating the Politics of Money and Voter Protection

The 2012 election cycle saw unprecedented amounts of money flood the political system.  While some have minimized the impact of Citizens United v. FEC due to the result at the top of the ticket, the influence of massive, target campaign contributions in other races significantly altered the political landscape at the federal level.  When combined with a well funded and systematic effort by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) to alter election procedures at the state level, a herculean effort was required by the Department of Justice and the advocacy community to protect equal access to the ballot box.  Despite these efforts, however, voters were still required to endure long lines and complained of election irregularities.  As we move toward the 2014 midterm elections, the challenges of last year will be heightened due to historically lower turnout levels,  the continuing impact of money politics and even more refined voter suppression efforts.

The 2014 election cycle will present two critical legislative challenges:  1).  Regulation of election contributions and expenditures and 2).  Modernization of the election system, with an emphasis on early voting and enforcement of voter protection laws.  We believe the legislative and outreach strategy necessary to achieve the above objectives.

Legislative and Outreach Strategy

Bills to be Introduced

Bill to Amend Voting Rights Act of 2014 as Introduced


  • Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder/Voting Rights Act
  • Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona (Gonzales)
  • McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission (docket 12-536)





1/17/13 - Billion-Dollar Democracy: The Unprecedented Role of Money in the 2012 Elections
A Dēmos report on the outside spending from new sources on the first presidential election since Citizens United
Source: Adam Lioz & Blair Bowie, January 2013

2/26/13 - Voting rights back in court
Opinion: Each reauthorization of the 1965 law upholds the democratic ideals of this country.
Source: POLITICO, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner and Rep. John Conyers, February 2013

More on Constitution

Jun 11, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. (June 11, 2018)— In response to the Supreme Court’s decision in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute, Reps. Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Robert A. Brady (D-PA), Ranking Member of the Committee on House Administration, Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Committee on the Judiciary, and John Sarbanes (D-MD), Chair of the Democracy Reform Task Force, released the following statement:


Jun 8, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Today, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) spoke out against the census citizenship question meant to suppress immigrant participation at a House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice hearing on the Census. The witnesses include anti-immigrant extremists and the Director of Research at the Conservative Center for Immigration Studies, an organization classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.


Jun 7, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC] – U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and U.S. Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, released the following statement following oral argument this morning in the case ofBlumenthal, Nadler, et al. v. Trump in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia—in which nearly 200 Members of Congress are asking the court to hold President Donald Trump accountable to the Constitution’s Foreign Emoluments Clause:


May 16, 2018 Forums

WASHINGTON – On Thursday, May 17, the anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, Democratic leadership will hold a forum to examine current enforcement of the Civil Rights Act in U.S. schools and to announce the introduction of a new resolution to affirm support for disparate impact analysis as an enforcement tool of Title VI under the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

May 16, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, released the following statement after the Senate Judiciary Committee released more than 2,500 pages of documents related to its investigation into the 2016 Trump Tower meeting between top Trump aides and a delegation of Russians who promised to help the Trump presidential campaign:

Apr 24, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Democratic Members of the House Committee on the Judiciary and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform conducted an interview with Christopher Wylie, a Cambridge Analytica whistleblower who revealed that the firm—which the Trump Campaign used to target voters in the 2016 Presidential election—acquired and misused the personal information of millions of U.S. Facebook users.  

Following the interview, Democratic Members issued the following statement: