We all know that using fertilizer can help create a full, healthy lawn, but some members of Congress have found that backing the fertilizer industry also leads to a full, healthy campaign bank account.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo spoke on a telephone town hall last night with about 1,350 grassroots activists, signaling his strong support for campaign finance reform, saying "Campaign finance is a way to tell the people of this state and this country: It's your government. You own it. Literally." The Governor called campaign finance reform “one of the most important issues to complete” in the rest of New York’s legislative session this year.
Another no-show for campaign finance issues at the debate last night, though Mitt Romney did hit Obama for attending a fundraiser in Vegas the day after the Benghazi attack.
It's the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's 100th birthday. On Friday, Public Citizen and a host of organizations are going to be rallying in DC against their dark money spending. Details here.
Yesterday during a reddit AMA, President Obama called for a constitutional amendment and reiterated his support for DISCLOSE and banning lobbyists from bundling contributions. As HuffPost points out, this isn't necessarily news--Jim Messina said Obama supported the amendment in February--but Obama bringing it up does add more weight.
First off, that "FBI is investigating congressman for skinny dipping in the Sea of Galilee" story? Yeah, it wasn't about skinny-dipping--it's about the ongoing investigation into Congressman Michael Grimm.
And yesterday was FEC day for presidential campaigns and many PACs. Here's a rundown of the top stories:
In the ongoing voting wars in Ohio, the Franklin County GOP chair had this to say over the weekend: "I guess I really actually feel we shouldn’t contort the voting process to accommodate the urban — read African-American — voter-turnout machine. Let’s be fair and reasonable."
Karl Rove's "American Crossroads" super PAC, the Koch brothers, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have a plan to funnel $1 billion of corporate money into buying rhe White House and Congress in November.
Morning must-read: "House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., may have irritated members of his conference by donating to an anti-incumbent super PAC before the Illinois primary, but Rep.
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O’Donnell Wants IRS to Punish Watchdog
Former Delaware Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell (R) wants the IRS to revoke CREW’s tax-exempt status.
Conservative Group Asks Court to Cut Disclosure Rules