Betty Ahrens grew up around politics, so it’s no surprise that she’s fits right in as Public Campaign’s new Vice President of Outreach and Operations. A Midwesterner, Betty grew up in Chicago and attended the University of Iowa for both undergraduate and law school. It was after law school that she dove head first into the political world as an organizer for the Iowa Citizen Action Network (ICAN).
Though his fundraising prowess and mastery of the current campaign finance system has helped him to his powerful position, Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) realizes the existing campaign finance system no longer works to the greatest benefit. From his vantage point, the current system’s drawbacks outweigh its advantages. His ability to legislate – to produce the policies he most desires – is hamstrung by the steadily increasing demands that fundraising places upon the members of his caucus.