Here's a round-up of Public Campaign and Public Campaign Action Fund's work for the week of May 23-27, 2011.
Campaign Finance/Fair Elections
Fight harder, Dems
Brent Budowsky defends Democrats getting in on the secret money game for 2012: "It is profoundly ironic, but profoundly true, that large and undisclosed donations that we might disapprove of, in theory, are the best way to eliminate them, in practice."
The Senate just voted on Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wisc.) budget proposal that includes the controversial Medicare provision that would privatize the popular program, hurting seniors, and result in a windfall for the insurance industry. The measure failed by a vote of 57-40.
Not surpringly, the 40 Senators who voted "yes" on the budget have recieved substantial campaign contributions from the insurance industry, totaling $22,093,689, according to analysis by Public Campaign Action Fund, based on data from the Center for Responsive Politics.