Fred Wertheimer

Fred Wertheimer is president of Democracy 21, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that promotes government integrity, accountability and transparency. 

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House Democratic Challengers Demand Campaign-Finance Reforms

Democratic representatives tee up major changes if they take the House in November.

One month before November’s election, the 2018 congressional races are on pace to be the most expensive midterm contests ever. Hundreds of millions of dollars in big money contributions are pouring into super PACs and dark-money nonprofit groups this year. Two years ago, just 100 Americans gave $1 billion to super PACs to influence the 2016 national elections—an average of $10 million per donor. This was no doubt the largest amount of money ever given by the smallest number of the wealthiest Americans to influence U.S elections and government decisions. The impact of influence-seeking money provided by wealthy donors can be seen in the grossly disproportionate benefits provided to the wealthy by the tax bill passed by Congress in 2017. The nonpartisan Tax Policy Center , found “the largest cuts as a share of income [are] going to taxpayers in the 95th to 99th percentiles of the income distribution.” The Center also found that “83 percent of the total...