On Friday evening, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued a ruling that could begin the process of revealing the identities of secret donors to groups connected to Karl Rove and the Koch brothers," reports the Huffington Post. These secret donations have been used to corrupt our elections and give corporations a big advantage over citizens.
Revolution has reason to be proud.
Ever since the
Supreme Court’s decision in Citizen’s United, we have been working hard
to require disclosure of campaign donations by groups such as those controlled
by Karl Rove, the Koch brothers and the Chamber of Commerce. We launched several
campaigns such as AmericanCrossroadsWatch.org, CampaignAccountabilityWatch.org, and ProtectOurElections.org, and filed complaints with the FEC,
FBI, DOJ and IRS regarding the failure of these groups to follow campaign
finance law. When the Disclose Act was winding its way through Congress, we sent
thousands of letters and emails to Congress urging passage of the law.
At last our efforts
are beginning to bear fruit. On Friday, the federal court in Washington, DC
ruled in Van Hollen v. Federal Election Commission that the
FEC rules that restricted campaign donor disclosure are not valid and must be
changed to provide for disclosure.
“We are hopeful that
this ruling is the beginning of the end for secret donations and corporate
manipulation of elections,” said VR attorney Kevin Zeese. “It is a shame that
the agency that is tasked to protect elections had to be forced by the federal
court to comply with federal election law.”
VR staff worked
closely with Congressman Chris Van Hollen and his staff on these issues and made
sure that they were aware of all your letters and emails. VR hired attorney Paul
Ryan of the Campaign Legal Center to prepare the complaint we filed with the FEC against Karl Rove’s group.
Congressman Van Hollen then brought Mr. Ryan on board to sue the FEC on a
complementary issue surrounding disclosure of donations.
"This is good news
for our democracy and for voters - this victory will compel the FEC to require
enhanced disclosures of the funders of campaign-related advertisements," Van
Hollen said in a statement.
We want to thank all of you who joined with us in these
campaigns and who wrote to Congress. Now we want to continue to build on this
terrific success. We are already moving forward by working with Congress to
circumvent Citizens United through legislation and litigation. Please
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