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The Undue Influence of Deep-pocket Donors is Killing Us

By Kristine Baumstark (May 3, 2022) The undue influence of deep-pocket donors threatens to kill us in a variety of ways – polluted groundwater, polluted air, toxic chemical spills, overpriced medications, climate change related wildfires and floods . . . and on and on. Sadly, some Americans are literally dead, thanks to the undue influence that wealthy donors […]

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Special Interests and Michigan’s Line 5 Controversy

By Eric Kachman (April 8, 2022) Once again, the overwhelming influence of special interests has created a climate related problem on both national and international levels. This time, an idyllic spot in Michigan is the focal point. Aging pipeline threatens the Great Lakes The Enbridge Line 5 has long been a concern for the people […]

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Undue Influence Exercised by Charter School Supporters

By Brooke Zarn and Kristine Baumstark (February 1, 2022) Love ‘em or hate ‘em, charter schools nationwide tend to perform roughly as well as public schools and enrollment continues to rise. At the same time, however, a growing mistrust is undercutting the broad support charter schools have enjoyed in the past.  What’s wrong with charter schools?  […]

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Special Interests Demand End to Supplemental Unemployment

By John Shen, National Legislative Director, Wolf-PAC  (December 20, 2021) A few months ago, unemployment benefits that had helped millions of Americans during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic were allowed to expire. That included the extra $300 provided by the federal government, and assistance for gig workers and the long-term unemployed. This is a particularly harsh example […]

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FEC and SCOTUS Welcome Foreign Power over American Elections

November 22, 2021 Brian Martel, Communications Deputy Director, Wolf-PAC Samuel Fieldman, National Counsel, Wolf-PAC “A cornerstone principle of federal campaign-finance law is that foreign nationals are barred from directly or indirectly making a contribution… or an expenditure, in connection with a federal, state, or local election.” — Commissioner Ellen L. Weintraub, Statement of Reasons of […]

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Redlining and the Undue Influence of Special Interests

By Morgan Lowe (November 12, 2021) We were always moving on — always a new house and new school. That air of instability makes me anxious to this day. My mother was searching for “safety and a good education,” while I only wanted something that felt like home. I never understood my mother’s decisions until […]

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Disclosure Law Struck Down by Supreme Court

By John Shen           The Supreme Court has struck down a disclosure law, concealing the funding of a powerful political group. They’ve once again ruled in favor of dark money and against our right to know. Knowing who pays who in American politics isn’t merely an issue of transparency. It enables […]

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Payday Lenders and Racist Practices

By Brooke Zarn and Kristine Baumstark Payday lenders tend to trap people in a never-ending cycle of debt with outrageous interest, and studies show racial bias in industry marketing strategies.  In April of 2021, the Los Angeles Times reported on a study from the University of Houston. Researchers found that payday and title lenders disproportionately target Black […]

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Who Did CARES Really Help?

By Morgan Lowe On March 27, President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), which seems like it will be the only federal attempt to assist American businesses and citizens as we struggle to make it through the COVID-19 pandemic. But eight months later, one has to question, is this […]

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Fighting the Corruption Behind Climate Change

By Brian Martel The oil industry has been one of the most profitable in history and one of the most politically influential. Not only do oil companies, through their PACs, contribute directly to political campaigns, but they also affect our political discourse in more insidious ways. From the moment the public became aware of climate […]

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Supreme Court Unanimously Affirms that We the People can Control Our Government

By Samuel Fieldman, Wolf-PAC National Counsel The Supreme Court is still capable of making a unanimous decision to enforce basic tenets of Constitutional Law, despite being viewed as ideologically divided. Its July 6 ruling on Chiafalo v. Washington was particularly significant. The high court affirmed that electors to the electoral college, like delegates to a […]

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Citizens United: Cutting through the Controversy

By Brian Martel January 21 marks the 10th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission, which Senator John McCain called, “. . . the most misguided, naive, uninformed, egregious decision. . .” of the century.  Citizens United v FEC effectively threw open the flood gates to big money, freeing […]

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Want to Bring About Political Change? Run for Office.

  By Todd Jagger, Wolf-PAC National Advisor   People come to Wolf-PAC because they want to bring about change in how government represents everyday people. What better way to do that than to be the change yourself? Run for office.  Seriously.  Run for something.  All across the country there are local, state and national races […]

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Winning over Hearts and Minds: Moralitics

By David Leibowitz Every day we find ourselves talking to people from all walks of life. Usually, we avoid politics. Sometimes we get into discussions about who’s running for office or some political issue with family members over the holidays, co-workers around an election,  or even a stranger on the bus. Things might get heated, […]

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Swearing Off PAC Money Won’t Fix America’s Corrupt Politics

  By Brian McFarland “It’s time we acknowledge that not all Democrats are the same. That a Democrat who takes corporate money…cannot possibly represent us,” freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said in her 2018 campaign kickoff video. In recent months, there’s been an uptick of politicians pledging to reject corporate PAC money, and it’s become a […]

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Wolf-PAC and RepresentUS Rally to Protect Transparency in New Jersey

By Lucas Dicus On September 17 at 9:30 am, a coalition of groups and concerned citizens gathered in Trenton, NJ (the state’s capital) to protest a lawsuit filed against a new law targeting dark money in political campaigns.  The End Dark Money Law (EDM) takes major steps to fix corruption on the state level. It […]

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