Clips Round-up for 6/28/11
As you know, the Supreme Court released its decision yesterday throwing out the trigger fund provision of the Arizona Clean Elections Act. We have compiled a fairly extensive list of statements from organizations, elected officials, news, and other reactions to the decision. We'll continue to update it: http://publicampaign.org/mccomishnews.
- Main Street Alliance: http://mainstreetalliance.org/4856/response-mccomish-v-bennett/
There was a lot more yesterday, but probably best to go to http://publicampaign.org/mccomishnews to look through everything and stay updated.
Rep. Chellie (D-Maine) has this op-ed in The Hill today criticizing the decision but noting that Fair Elections remains a viable option. "In Monday’s decision, the Supreme Court once again showed it is more concerned with protecting the money over the many, but that doesn’t mean we should throw up our hands and give up on efforts to make Congress more accountable to those who elected us."
New York Times editorial: "The ruling left in place other public financing systems without such trigger provisions, including public financing for presidential elections. It shows, however, how little the court cares about the interest of citizens in Arizona or elsewhere in keeping their electoral politics clean."
USA Today editorial: "So the big news from Monday's ruling wasn't that the Arizona law was struck down, but that the majority said it had no interest in killing public financing altogether. For anyone fed up with government going to the highest bidder, that's reassuring." You could also read the opposing view from the "first amendment group" the Center for Competitive Politics, but eh.
Rick Hasen lays out why the decision could've been worse. "Yet today’s decision brings three pieces of unexpected good news to those of us who believe that reasonable campaign finance regulation is not only constitutional, but essential to prevent corruption and ensure fairness in our democracy."
Several folks quoted in this Politico article.
Public Campaign Action Fund board member Zephyr Teachout writes for the New York Times, "Perhaps the most important part of the McComish opinion is what it doesn’t do."
From New Jersey, the Star-Ledger editorializes: "Make no mistake: This is an activist court. And increasingly, one that presents a tangible danger to our democracy."
The Arizona Republic editorial, always a bit bullish on Clean Elections, writes "Those things that Arizona's Clean Elections campaign-finance law seems to do pretty well, such as free up candidates from the burdens of fundraising, it can continue to do. And that's a good thing."
"A much-anticipated U.S. Supreme Court elections decision Monday had the effect of endorsing a key portion of Connecticut's campaign finance law, but failed to address unresolved disputes over two other parts of the law."
The Portland Press Herald writes that yesterday's decision means Maine Clean Elections deserves a full review going forward.
On Rep. John Mica's (R-Fla.) effort to build a "61-mile commuter rail project that the federal government ranks as one of the least cost-effective mass transit efforts in the nation," the Times writes, "But skeptics question whether Mr. Mica’s real goal is to give a taxpayer-financed gift to CSX, the freight rail giant and a generous Mica campaign donor."
While Wall Street donors are playing coy about whether they plan to support Obama in 2012, a lot of them will--it's optics (on both sides).
"President Obama and top White House aides are waging a behind-the-scenes push to win over skeptical big-dollar donors — whose early money is needed to help fund a dramatic summertime expansion of his battleground-state machinery."
Emboldened by Republican support for eliminating ethanol tax subsidies, Senate Democratic leaders are poring over a list of corporate tax breaks and eyeing votes that could put GOP Senators on the spot.
"House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) have started raising money for Democratic 'super PACs,' diving into the world of outside groups after condemning this type of fundraising in the most recent election cycle."
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) has still not produced the compensation agreement that got some play last week after it was released it came just a little too close to how much he self-funded his 2010 election.
Drew writes, "Hedge fund managers should not be paying 15% taxes on their incomes no matter how big their campaign contributions, when the top 25 of them are earning a billion dollars a year apiece."
- Our response: "Finally a politician is being held accountable for his actions." http://campaignmoney.org/press-room/2011/06/27/blagojevich-conviction
"Two prominent Republican governors – Bob McDonnell of Virginia and Rick Perry of Texas – mingled with other GOP notables and some of the wealthiest conservative donors in the country at the annual summer retreat organized by the Koch brothers that began Sunday near Vail, Colo."