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:
In an appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers this past Monday, Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi assured the comedian he wouldn’t be going to jail if the Democracy For All amendment were to be ratified.
The concerns came from a speech Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) gave during last week’s senate debate over the amendment were he argued passage of the bill could lead to satirists and comedians to be jailed.
Every Voice President David Donnelly had a great oped in the Courier-Journal this weekend: "For almost all Kentuckians, the free and open system championed by their senior senator seems closed, corrupt and corrosive to the democratic process."
Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Maryland) spoke on the floor of the House today in support of the Democracy For All Amendment currently being debated in the Senate.
The amendment would allow Congress to sent common sense limits on campaign spending and fundraising, ensuring wealthy interests aren’t able to drown out the voices of everyday people in the political process.
“There’s a megaphone being held by these Super PACs and these outside groups that’s drowning out the voice of everyday citizens so that their opinions and their perspective can’t be heard,” said Sarbanes.
As Sen. Jon Tester went to the Senate floor today to speak in support of Sen. Tom Udall's Democracy For All amendment to give Congress the ability to set common sense limits on electon spending and fundraising, he posted a series of tweets to explain his support. They're perfect:
Yesterday, during the Senate debate of the Constitutional Amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United and McCutcheon decisions, Senator Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) gave an impassioned speech on the floor in support of the amendment. Watch his speech here or at the bottom of this post.
We like good news, especially when it shows what a more inclusive democracy can look like. A report this week from New York City’s Campaign Finance Board takes a look at the 2013 city elections and reveals what works in a small-donor driven campaign finance system.
Here are some of the findings we found particularly encouraging:
The big news over the weekend was the indictment of Gov. Rick Perry: "The two felony counts against Mr. Perry stem from his effort to pressure the district attorney here, a Democrat, to step down by threatening to veto state funding for her office," which controls a public integrity unit to investigate elected officials.
My favorite story today is Ken Vogel's piece in Politico on all that sweet, sweet Las Vegas cash and politicians raking it in: "The availability of campaign cash, speaking fees and elite audiences often make it worth risking the taboo that opponents invariably try to attach to jaunts to the U.S.