Jul12Campaign Finance/Fair Elections
This op-ed by Rick Siders talks about the need for more veterans in Congress. "The cost of running for office may be one barrier. In my home district in Tennessee, Rep. Stephen Fincher spent more than $3 million in his most recent race, in 2010, and this is a bargain in some congressional districts.
Jun24Campaign Finance/Fair Elections
Garrett Epps writes of the Virginia court's decision to allow direct corporate contributions to candidates: "Judge Cacheris's opinion is a prime example of right-wing judicial aggressiveness and simple-minded constitutional mythology."
Jun23Jun22Campaign Finance/Fair Elections
And news from New York: "Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver announced today the passage of legislation that provides for public financing of campaigns for the Office of the State Comptroller beginning in 2014.Jun17
Here's a round-up of Public Campaign and Public Campaign Action Fund's work for the week of June 13-17, 2011.Jun16
Campaign Finance/Fair Elections
Citizens United Rules Stall at FEC
“After almost 18 months of discussions, memorandums and regulatory debates, the Federal Election Commission failed Wednesday to begin its process for updating regulations in light of the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United.”
After two cycles, it's fair to say that Connecticut's Citizens' Election Program has been a resounding success. With more than three quarters of the seats in the General Assembly and all of the statewide seats held by Clean Elections officials, Connecticut has truly seen the impact of taking big money out of politics and putting voters back in.
State Rep. Bob Godfrey (D) recently commented on the close of the legislative session and how marked the change really is with the Citizens' Election Program:May02
Priorities USA Roundup
Obama's campaign ad controversy
Adam Smith was briefly on CBS Evening News on Saturday to talk about the new Democratic outside group, Priorities USA. Lots of those on this list in the news over this. Here's a sampling:Apr13
Fair Elections/Campaign Finance
Fair Elections Now Act Gets a Senate Hearing
Not the most optimistic write up – but coverage of the Fair Elections hearing nonetheless.
Schram: Death of Public Financing Greatly ExaggeratedApr11