Big news in Maryland yesterday. Washington Post: "The Montgomery County Council, seeking to draw more small, individual donors into campaigns and limit the influence of special-interest money, voted unanimously Tuesday" to create a small donor matching system that will empower more everyday people in politics.
Today is close of books for third quarter fundraising and your inbox is probably blowing up with all sorts of argle-bargle.
The Courier-Journal's Tom Loftus has a great analysis of fundraising in the Kentucky Senate race and where the two candidates are getting their money. Every Voice's David Donnelly: "On the McConnell side — every single indicator of whether or not a Senate candidate's fundraising points to him or her being out of touch with constituents back home — McConnell is off the charts.
Every Voice President David Donnelly had a great oped in the Courier-Journal this weekend: "For almost all Kentuckians, the free and open system championed by their senior senator seems closed, corrupt and corrosive to the democratic process."
The big news over the weekend was the indictment of Gov. Rick Perry: "The two felony counts against Mr. Perry stem from his effort to pressure the district attorney here, a Democrat, to step down by threatening to veto state funding for her office," which controls a public integrity unit to investigate elected officials.
My favorite story today is Ken Vogel's piece in Politico on all that sweet, sweet Las Vegas cash and politicians raking it in: "The availability of campaign cash, speaking fees and elite audiences often make it worth risking the taboo that opponents invariably try to attach to jaunts to the U.S.
Worth noting after last night's primary in Connecticut: for the first time since the state enacted its Citizens' Elections small donor public financing program, both major party candidates for the state's top position—Gov. Dan Malloy (D) and businessman Tom Foley (R)—will participate in the program.
Good news from Brennan Center and the New York Times: "At a time when many states are making it harder to vote, 16 states have provided some good news over the last year by deciding to go in the opposite direction. In various ways, they have expanded access to the polls, allowing more people to register or to vote more conveniently."
With the 40th anniversary of Richard Nixon's resignation this past weekend, Byron Tau has an interesting story on "waiting for the next Watergate" to pass reform legislation, though as Demos' Liz Kennedy points out, "The real scandal is what is legal right now."