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U.S. PIRG Statement on State of the Union Address

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama came before Congress to give his seventh and final State of the Union address. In his speech, the President highlighted top national priorities and some of the greatest challenges faced by the American people.

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Final State of the Union Highlights Need for Money in Politics Reforms

In his final State of the Union on Tuesday night, President Barack Obama called for reforms to reduce the influence of money in politics and protect voter access to the polls.

State of the Union: Five Things We’ll Be Listening For

By | Chris MacKenzie
Democracy Digital and Communications Director

President Obama has hyped his final State of the Union address as a speech that will help to define his legacy. Here's how he can break new ground.

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CALIFORNIANS WILL VOTE ON WHETHER TO OVERTURN CITIZENS UNITED

The California Supreme Court restores Proposition 49 to the ballot, The Overturn Citizens United Act.

Your savings, their campaign cash

By | Chris MacKenzie
Democracy Digital and Communications Director

For most families, retirement savings  mean hard work and a secure future. But ever since Citizens United, those savings have taken on a different meaning for big corporations trying to influence our elections.

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94 Lawmakers Urge SEC to Pursue Rules Strengthening Political Spending Disclosure

On Tuesday, 94 Members of Congress signed a letter to SEC Chairwoman Mary Jo White, urging the SEC to continue developing rules that strengthen corporate political spending disclosure. 

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SEC Rider Legal Opinion

Accompanying a congressional letter to SEC Chairwoman Mary Jo White, this legal opinion explains that an omnibus rider prevents the SEC from using FY16 funds to finalize and implement new disclosure rules, but does not prevent the agency from discussing, planning, revising, investigating or developing plans or draft proposals to prepare a final rule for after FY16.

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94 Lawmakers Urge SEC to Pursue Rules Strengthening Political Spending Disclosure

On December 22, 94 Members of Congress signed a letter to SEC Chairwoman Mary Jo White, urging the SEC to continue developing rules that strengthen corporate political spending disclosure.

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