**Update** March 28, 2013 — FEC Chairwoman Ellen Weintraub agreed to our request, saying "sooner would be better." Please add your signature to our second, bipartisan petition targeting the remaining members of the commission.
FEC Chairwoman Ellen L. Wientraub recently acknowledged the potential corruption of candidate-specific super PACs, but her remarks said nothing of a plan to address this. Please join Rootstrikers in demanding that the FEC hold a public hearing — the first it will have held in almost a year — regarding super PAC regulation.
In 2012 the commission provided much needed clarity on issues such as internet fundraising and texting contributions. Important work still needs to be done to determine:
- Whether a super PAC can use candidate footage, or a candidate can fundraise for a super PAC, and that super PAC still remain independent;
- If the "magic words" cited in Buckley v. Valeo are the only ones subject to regulation as express advocacy;
- Are there any statutory standards to prosecute independent groups who produce ads that are not "coordinated" under FEC regulations;
- Can a super PAC be run by a candidate's past campaign staff or family members?
The FEC's first and only act in 2013 has been to raise contribution limits to $2,600 for individuals and $123,200 in aggregate. Are we to understand that the FEC's priority is to increase spending, not regulate it?1,833 signatures
Will the FEC acknowledge the deeply rooted corruption that grows along both sides of the aisle, and call for a hearing to discuss the regulation of candidate-specific super PACs?
It’s no coincidence that President Obama’s second inauguration was set to be on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It’s a reminder of how truly extraordinary it is to have a black man in the White House, especially when a myriad of socioeconomic issues continue to disproportionately afflict black and brown citizens in our country. One of these issues is gun violence.
The recent tragedies in Newtown and Aurora have made gun control a popular subject in the news, but it is important to realize that the victims of these mass murders represent less than half of one percent of the total number of firearm homicides in 2012. Our conversations about guns shouldn’t be confined to these shocking, isolated incidents. This violence is pervasive, and for many it’s inescapable.
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