President Obama called for a new bipartisan presidential voting commission in last night's State of the Union, led by Obama campaign lawyer Bob Bauer and Romney campaign lawyer Ben Ginsberg.Feb12Feb08
Organizing for Action, the 501(c)4 group the Obama campaign is now transitioning into, yesterday posted a statement of purpose on its website. Laying out gun reform, climate change, and immigration as three priority issues this coming year, the organization also made statements (or non-statements) related to elections and campaign finance law.
Campaign Finance/Fair Elections
USA Today: Ex-House members spend campaign money after they depart
File this under legal but questionable: “Former House members are spending their leftover money to pay for everything from luxury cars to foundations that bear their names, a USA TODAY review of new campaign-finance reports shows.”
The Progressive Change Campaign Committee was out yesterday with a TV spot in Kentucky featuring a Kentucky veteran criticizing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for opposing gun reform, while taking nearly $200,000 in campaign contributions from gun interests.
On Friday, Mitch McConnell and 42 of his colleagues sent a letter to President Obama pledging to block Rich Cordray's CFPB appointment unless the agency agreed to several concessions to weaken it. Our analysis out this morning: "The 43 U.S.Jan30
NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre will appear today in front of the Senate Judiciary committee today for a hearing entitled “What should America do about gun violence?” Public Campaign has the story looking at the money that the NRA has spent to get many of those same committee members elected—$127,200 in contributions and $587,000 in independent expenditures, so it will be interesting to see how those memberJan29
Dave Levinthal and Michael Beckel have launched a new "Primary Source" feature at the Center for Public Integrity, "a space to stay up-to-date on developments in the post-Citizens United world of money in politics." Add it to your bookmarks, folks.Jan28
Lots of interesting stuff in this New York Times story on the secret groups funding the anti-Chuck Hagel attacks, including this detail: "For instance, the biggest individual financier of the so-called super PACs that sought to defeat Mr. Obama, Sheldon Adelson, is so invested in the fight over Mr.Jan25
A Missouri House Committee originally scheduled its hearing on a new voter ID bill for 6:45 am on Tuesday. Yes, a hearing on a bill making it harder to vote at a time that's pretty hard for anyone to get to. The Secretary of State intervened and it has been rescheduled for 8 a.m.