Fred Wertheimer

Fred Wertheimer

Fred Wertheimer is the founder and president of Democracy 21, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that seeks to promote government accountability and integrity.

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Chairman Joe Manchin, (D-WV), looks on as Congresswoman Deb Haaland, D-NM, speaks during the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing on her nomination to be Interior Secretary on Capitol Hill on February 23, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Jim Watson-Pool/Getty Images) Views
Monday, April 12, 2021
Manchin's Filibuster Defense Betrays the Senate Legacy He Claims to Protect
Joe Manchin of West Virginia is the Democrats' pivotal 50th vote in the Senate —the key to passing bills with a simple majority. (With the tiebreaking vote of Vice President Kamala Harris. ) He is also pivotal for changing the filibuster rule . His vote is pursued as decisive for President Joe...
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A participant holding a sign at a march celebrating the defeat of President Donald Trump in Manhattan on November 7, 2020. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) Views
Saturday, April 03, 2021
The For the People Act Must Pass In Whole
Some academics and pundits have been postulating that the campaign finance, gerrymandering, and other reform provisions of S. 1, the For the People Act, should be dropped, and the Senate should proceed to try to pass only the voting rights provisions of the bill. " There is absolutely no reason for...
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Some Republican state officials already are using Trump’s Big Lie as cover to pursue new laws to make it harder to vote—in other words, new voter suppression laws. (Photo: PRE-COVID/Win McNamee/Getty Images) Views
Friday, January 15, 2021
Republican State Officials Are Already Using Trump’s Big Lie as Cover To Pursue New Laws To Make It Harder To Vote
There are two new Republican Members in the House—Rep. Lauren Boebert (CO) and Rep. Madison Cawtho r n (NC)—who insist on being able to carry guns in the Capitol complex. There is a new QAnon-enthralled Republican Member, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA), who said “On January 21, 2021, I’ll be...
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"Today, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is the nation's leading opponent of Biden's public financing goal—and of just about every other campaign finance reform," writes Wertheimer. (Photo: Pete Marovich/Getty Images/adjusted with filter) Views
Monday, August 31, 2020
How a Biden Win Can Sink One of Mcconnell's Top Priorities
Joe Biden's acceptance of the Democratic nomination for President has brought him closer to accomplishing a mission he started 47 years ago: to create a system of public financing for presidential and congressional elections. Waiting to oppose in the Senate, however, is an individual who stood with...
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 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) talks with reporters following the weekly Senate Republican Policy Committee luncheon in the U.S. Capitol November 28, 2017 in Washington, DC. Republicans in the Senate hope to pass their tax cut legislation this week and work with the House of Representatives to get a bill to President Donald Trump before Christmas. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Mitch 'The Grim Reaper' McConnell: Meet the Man Who Ruined the Senate
On Thursday, the House is expected to vote on election security legislation (H.R.2272) to strengthen the security of ballot boxes, voter rolls and vote counts against future attacks on our elections by foreign adversaries. The legislation is important to efforts to protect the integrity of the 2020...
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Friday, May 25, 2018
Trump Has Given Us the Ultimate Chinese Import: American Princelings
In China, princelings are privileged relatives of high-level government officials. Princelings benefit from nepotism and cronyism, using their family ties to conduct business and accumulate wealth. They also serve as conduits for currying favor with their official relations. Now President Trump has...
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"As we explain in the report, we are unaware of any previous president in the history of the United States who has lied so blatantly and debased so dangerously our values and our institutions of self-government." (Photo: Mike Licht/Flickr/cc) Views
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
For Donald Trump, A Historic First Year For All the Wrong Reasons
American democracy is resilient. It has withstood attacks from enemies, both foreign and domestic, for more than two centuries. As President Trump prepares for his first State of the Union Tuesday, he will try to turn the page from the chaos, lies, and incompetence that marked his first 12 months...
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Friday, August 11, 2017
Firing Mueller Would Be a Catastrophic Mistake
On October 20, 1973, President Richard Nixon executed the infamous "Saturday Night Massacre" in which Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox was fired and the special prosecutor's office was shut down. Anational firestorm ensued. Less than two weeks later, the President was forced to appoint a...
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