On Sunday, 100,000+ are expected to descend on New York City for the People’s Climate March. For the occasion, we found the top ten ways big polluters have contaminated our politics, and here they are in no particular order:
Why is a supposed seniors organization spending thousands of dollars advertising against a federal housing bill that doesn’t target the elderly? Unsurprisingly: ideological, pro-corporate interests. In this instance, the Koch Brothers-connected (but not always loyal) 60 Plus Association used Medicare as a cover for its true agenda: fully privatizing the secondary mortgage market that is currently primarily covered by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
First: hundreds of Fair Elections activists had a great lobby day in Albany yesterday:Mar11
Will the Supreme Court release McCutcheon v. FEC today? Oh who the heck knows, but here's our primer just in case.
And there's a new face on our floor today: it's Miles Rapoport's first day as the new president of Common Cause. The Public Campaign staff is excited to work with him in his new role!Apr25
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.Mar12
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.Aug30
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.Aug21
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:Aug20
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."