On Dave Camp's tax reform plan: "Private equity and investment firms in New York are telling key Republican players in D.C. that commitments for big-dollar fundraising have been 'canceled for the foreseeable future,' according to one GOP lobbyist with knowledge of the conversations." With great color on members groveling to contain the damage. It was expected, of course.Feb27
Whenever operatives who've always opposed Clean Elections in Arizona get embarrassed by their party, they blame Clean Elections instead of taking a look in the mirror. A quick look at facts over opinion and the argument doesn't hold up to scrutiny. Here's our response to yesterday's Washington Post piece on SB 1062 (and Gail Collins made similar arguments today).Feb26Feb25
First off: Sunlight Foundation Founder and President Ellen Miller announced yesterday that she will retire this year. As a founder of not only Sunlight, but of Public Campaign and the Center for Responsive Politics, she has been an incredible leader in the fight for a government that's more open and more responsive to the people it's supposed to represent.Feb24Feb21
With Dave Camp promising a tax reform draft next week, lobbyists are in a "mad scramble," according to The Hill. Or, as one lobbyist said: "This is going to be a major rainmaking event on K Street. This is manna from heaven.”Feb20
Pro-tip: when you announce your campaign for Congress, at least pretend you won't have a role in your super PAC. Edwin Edwards: "I'm just figuring out all the legalities and how to set up a super PAC, and then I'm going."Feb19
Yesterday in Albany: "Representatives from a half dozen advocacy groups held a press conference in Albany Tuesday to urge Gov. Cuomo to "keep his bold promise" and enact campaign finance reforms – including public financing of elections and beefed up enforcement at the Board of Elections - as part of the state’s 2014-15 budget.Feb18
Good morning and happy Tuesday. I promise there are no House of Cards spoilers in this email.Feb14
Was Tom Perkins, the one-time owner of the largest yacht ever built, joking last night when he said "But what I really think is, it should be like a corporation. You pay a million dollars in taxes, you get a million votes. How's that?"