By: Kurt Walters
On Tuesday, a subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing called “Taking Back Our Democracy” that looked at ways to respond to the stranglehold that special interests hold over our political process, especially after the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.
Campaign Finance/Fair Elections
State for sale
Do read Jane Meyer's article on North Carolina conservative millionaire Art Pope and his money that helped reshape politics in the state.
An open letter to election reformers on the left
This morning the Fair Elections Now Act (S. 750, H.R. 1404) was heard before the Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights. With lead Senate bill sponsor and subcommittee chairman, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) presiding, the hearing, entitled: “The Fair Elections Now Act: A Comprehensive Response to Citizens United," included a lively discussion with panelists, former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.) and Monica Youn of the Brennan Center for Justice arguing in favor of the bill, and Cleta Mitchell, Partner, Foley and Larner, arguing against.
Fair Elections Introduction
Alec Baldwin on Capitol Hill
Yesterday Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) held a press conference to introduce the Fair Elections Now Act with Reps. John Larson and Chellie Pingree, and actor Alec Baldwin.
Today the Fair Election Now Act was re-introduced into the 112th Congress. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) was joined by Reps. John B. Larson and Chellie Pingree, as well as actor Alec Baldwin, in a press conference announcing the legislation.