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Grassroots NY Challengers Take on the Pandemic and the Big Money Machine

With the state's public financing system not yet in place, New York candidates going up against entrenched incumbents face new fundraising challenges brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Dark Money Pours Into West Virginia Ahead of State Supreme Court Election

A Republican Party group funded by the shadowy Judicial Confirmation Network is among the groups spending big ahead of West Virginia's Supreme Court elections.

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‘Bloomberg Loophole’ Paves the Way for Rich Donors to Ignore Contribution Limits

After Mike Bloomberg transferred a leftover $18 million from his campaign to the Democratic National Committee, watchdog groups are calling on the Federal Election Commission to close the loophole allowing unlimited donations to a party—but the agency still has no meetings scheduled.

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‘Liberate’ Rally Organizers Worked to Criminalize Anti-Pipeline Protests

The Save Our Country coalition, which supports “liberate” protesters, is deeply tied to ALEC, a conservative group that has helped to pass laws in eleven states ratcheting up penalties for protesting near oil and gas pipelines.

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Three More States Expand Vote-By-Mail, Leaving Five Holdouts

With preparation time running short, Connecticut, Kentucky, and South Carolina recently expanded access to absentee ballot requests, as court challenges play out in Missouri, Tennessee, and Texas around vote-by-mail during the pandemic.

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Missouri GOP Votes to Gut Anti-Gerrymandering Reform Approved by Voters

Amid the pandemic, Missouri Republicans are pushing a measure that could lead to a precedent helping the GOP gerrymander state districts throughout the country.

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Where Biden, Trump, and Amash Stand on Campaign Finance

From dark money to public funding for elections, here’s where three remaining presidential candidates stand on money in politics.

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States and Cities With Public Campaign Financing Lead on Paid Sick Leave Policies

In Connecticut and Maine, legislators who participated in public campaign financing programs led breakthroughs in passing paid sick leave policies for workers.

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Campaign to Overturn Citizens United Keeps Racking Up Wins

Seventeen more Wisconsin communities recently endorsed a constitutional amendment to get big money out of politics, bringing the state total of passed referendums to 163 and the nationwide total to 820.