Posts by Natalie Thompson

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Alerts and Updates Natalie Thompson August 17, 2017
U.S. Supreme Court case may redefine, restrict how district lines are drawn
On Oct. 3, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Gill versus Whitford. The decision in this case has the potential to have a drastic effect on the country’s political landscape. The Supreme Court will decide whether it will accept a standard to determine whether partisan gerrymandering exists. Gerrymandering is manipulation of district lines to achieve political gain for a particular party.More
Issues: DemocracyFair Courts
Coporations are not people
Alerts and UpdatesWVCCE Blog Natalie Thompson March 29, 2017
WV Senate Passes Bill to Weaken Disclosure, Increase Money in Politics
Although SB 539 increases disclosure in some small ways, the overall effect of the bill is a weakening of disclosure while allowing more money into a broken system that favors the wealthy and special interests. More
Issues: Dark MoneyDisclosureSecret Money
WVCCE Blog Natalie Thompson September 1, 2016
Vigilant companies can avert Watergate scandal replay
The Watergate Hotel reopened recently after a sparkling $125 million facelift, complete with guest key cards saying, “No need to break in.” For well-heeled business leaders visiting there, a pithier epigram might be, “Influence buying has a price.” Decades later, it is too easily forgotten that 12 corporations and 17 corporate executives ultimately were indicted […]More
Issues: Citizens UnitedDark MoneyDemocracySecret Money
Alerts and UpdatesPress Release Natalie Thompson December 16, 2015
Omnibus Bill Would Invite More Secret Money Into Elections
“The omnibus proposal keeps the government’s lights on in exchange for more secret money in politics. Ideological riders should be off the table.”More
Issues: Clean ElectionsDark Money
Press Release Natalie Thompson July 31, 2015
WV elections panel declines to clean up public campaign law
In May, the commission drafted rules to make the public financing law consistent with the new nonpartisan election and had proposed resolving the funding ambiguity with a rule clarifying that candidates could keep any unspent qualifying funds.More
Issues: Public financingWV Supreme Court
Press Release Natalie Thompson July 28, 2015
WVCALA takes aim at WV Supreme Court voting blocks
West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse said a new study of state Supreme Court of Appeals opinions dating back to 2009 corroborated earlier research suggesting Justices Robin Davis, Margaret Workman and Brent Benjamin were most likely to agree philosophically in recent years.More
Issues: WV Supreme Court
Press Release Natalie Thompson July 28, 2015
Arizona Clean Elections Commission Targets Dark Money
The Arizona Clean Elections Commission has proposed requiring dark-money groups to quit hiding and reveal who is funding their drives to get certain people electedMore
Issues: Clean ElectionsDark Money
Press Release Natalie Thompson July 17, 2015
CMD Denounces Corrupt John Doe Ruling From Conflicted Court
Madison, WI--Today, the Wisconsin Supreme Court overturned the state’s limits on money in politics, opening the door to unlimited, undisclosed spending coordinated directly with candidates, and handing Scott Walker a significant political victory as he begins his run for the White House.More
Issues: Citizens UnitedDark Money
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