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The group D.C. Trust on Monday submitted more than 30,000 signatures to the D.C. Board of Elections in support of a ballot initiative seeking to prohibit corporations from making direct campaign donations to political candidates.
“D.C. residents want to see Initiative 70 on the ballot,” said Bryan Weaver, who filed the initiative with the Board of Elections earlier this year. “Our volunteers have gotten a tremendous response from residents across the city. It’s clear that D.C. residents are fed up with the pay-to-play culture in the Wilson Building and are tired of waiting for our elected officials to do the right thing.”
Federal law has banned corporations from making campaign donations directly to federal candidates since the Tillman Act of 1907. Though the Supreme Court struck down a ban on corporate independent expenditures in its controversial 2010 Citizens United decision, it left the ban on direct campaign contributions intact.
In addition, 21 states prohibit corporations from making direct campaign donations to candidates.
Originally posted by xuenchen
Federal law has banned corporations from making campaign donations directly to federal candidates since the Tillman Act of 1907.