Tuesday, April 03, 2012

VR reports success against Karl Rove and The Kochs

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.
Velvet 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.

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