Justice Scalia was really being Justice Scalia yesterday at oral arguments for the challenge to Section 5: he called it "perpetuation of a racial entitlement" that Congress would never overturn because the name of the bill sounded nice. Sotomayor fired back to the lawyer: "Do you think the right to vote is a racial entitlement in Section 5?"
I've got your perfect Washington influence story here: Drywall safety bill passed by Congress was watered down by the industry so that *voluntary* safety regulations are decided by a committee of drywall manufacters and homebuilders. Congress pats itself on back.
In his State of the State address yesterday, Gov. Cuomo once again called for public financing and a broad reform agenda. New York Times editorial: "Most important, he vowed to start public financing for campaigns so that more candidates can compete against wealthy competitors." It ends with this: "It is a long, ambitious list. If Mr.
Hey everyone! A big thanks to Kurt for handling the clips while I was on sabbatatical. Now back at it:
Former NYC Mayor Ed Koch wrote in the Daily News this weekend that it's time to clean up Albany: "We have every reason to believe that replicating the city’s system of public financing at the state level will have precisely the same effect."
Tom Hamburger at WaPo: "It is no accident that much of the record spending in this year’s election, now funding an avalanche of last-minute ads across the country, comes from groups with a strong interest in shaping federal tax rules. Tax reform is likely to be at the top of the agenda for the next Congress. And the topic ranks as the No.
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.
Sorry, voters, can't talk--we've got fundraising to do. NYT: "Instead, betting that they can raise and spend far more on their own, Mr. Obama and Mr. Romney are committing to ambitious fund-raising schedules that are eating into valuable campaign time, tangling their travel schedules and complicating their efforts to woo voters."
At the top of the clips today: The New York Times Magazine published "Can the Democrats Catch up in the Super-PAC Game?" an excellent look behind the scenes of today's super PAC fundraising via the Obama-backing Priorities USA Action and its struggle to keep up with well-heeled conservative super PACs.
You want a 30 second ad to go with that ham and cheese omelet?
The next time you go to Waffle House, that’s basically what you’ll be getting. In May, Waffle House Incorporated donated $100,000 from its corporate treasury to American Crossroads, a super PAC run by Republican strategist Karl Rove.