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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

Feb 28, 2019 Hearing

Feb 27, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – On February 28, 2019 at 12:00 pm, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, led by Subcommittee Chairman Steve Cohen (D-TN), will hold a hearing on the National Emergencies Act of 1976. The hearing will examine President Donald Trump’s recent national emergency declaration at the southern border and other issues relating to the National Emergencies Act. This will be the first congressional hearing on the National Emergencies Act in more than 40 years.

Sep 28, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, delivered the following opening remarks during a Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice hearing on "The State of Intellectual Freedom in America":

Aug 8, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Today, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and House Education and the Workforce Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-VA), sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, to raise concerns and request a briefing on the Religious Liberty Task Force established by the Departme

Jul 23, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, delivered the following statement on the House floor in opposition to H.R. 1689, the Private Property Rights Protection Act of 2017:

"Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to H.R. 1689, the “Private Property Rights Protection Act of 2017.