The Money in Politics Committee will conduct an update of the League’s position on campaign finance for the purpose of addressing the lack of member understanding and agreement as to whether financing a political campaign is protected speech under the First Amendment. The campaign finance position will be updated through a study and consensus process to consider: (1) the rights of individuals and organizations, under the First Amendment, to express their political views through independent expenditures and the finance of election campaign activities; and (2) how those rights, if any, should be protected and reconciled with the interests set out in the current position
New and Updated LWVUS Positions Adopted in 2016
LWVUS Board and Convention adopted the following positions during the last biennium (2014-2016). Positions on the constitutional amendment process and an update of the Leagues money in politics position were adopted after careful study and consideration by Leagues across the country. Two positions covering redistricting and behavioral health were adopted by consensus at the LWVUS 2016 convention.
A Sample Money in Politics Voter Template is now available for Leagues to use in state and local Voters outlining how your League can take part in the Money in Politics (MIP) Review.
This Money in Politics paper examines the role of the Supreme Court in interpreting the Constitution and the history of judicial supremacy as limited by changing the Court and Constitutional Amendment.
The Money in Politics paper on Independent Expenditures describes the history of independent expenditures and the evolution of regulations addressing them. It also examines recent trends in this type of spending and why it matters.
The Handbook for Successful Consensus Meetings provides an overview of League studies, the role of local League boards and study committees, as well as information on consensus and tips for running a smooth meeting. It is intended as a resource for local League committees. The Handbook is designed to help you be successful in sharing the materials with your League and conducting productive consensus meetings.
Professor Daniel P. Tokaji & Renata E. B. Strause have authored an e-book entitled The New Soft Money and with their permission, we have linked to a copy. The entire book is well worth reading. Sections of Chapter 1 including The New Rules of the Game, pp.17-23 and The Players, pp.23-27 cover the issue of coordination and are of particular interest to Leagues as we examine the current system of campaign finance reform.
The Money in Politics PowerPoint is a meeting-ready overview of money in politics issues for Leagues to use in meetings for members and the community.
The Money in Politics (MIP) Review and Update Committee is providing ready-to-use resources and strategies to help understand the current system of campaign finance regulation. These materials, which we call “Meetings-in-a-Box,” are available online and are designed for Leagues to use for member and community events. They are intended to engage members and the general citizenry on MIP issues as they are evidenced nationally and in states and communities. In addition, they will help prepare members for the LWVUS update of its campaign finance position. This update of the League’s position on campaign finance will get member understanding and agreement on the extent to which the League thinks that financing a political campaign is protected speech under the First Amendment.
The History of Campaign Finance Chart outlines key statutes, actions and court cases in the 20th and 21st centuries. The chart provides a comprehensive overview of the evolution of campaign finance law and money in politics through congressional action and the Supreme Court decisions.
This Money in Politics Paper outlines the definitions for terms that are found in statutes dealing with campaign finance reporting.