Weekly Roundup: Moreland Commission report, SEC moves against transparency, and campaign cash for Xmas?
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From President Obama's speech on economic inequality yesterday: "And finally, rising inequality and declining mobility are bad for our democracy. Ordinary folks can’t write massive campaign checks or hire high-priced lobbyists and lawyers to secure policies that tilt the playing field in their favor at everyone else’s expense.Dec04
The Center for Public Integrity has a fascinating new report out today on financial disclosures of state supreme court judges--or the lack of financial disclosures of state supreme court judges. "Despite the poor disclosure rules, the Center’s investigation found 35 examples of questionable gifts, investments overlapping with caseloads as well as other entanglements."Dec03
After a press conference outside the office where conservative mega-donor Art Pope now presides as the state budget director the leader of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP got the chance to personally confront Pope, the man many credit with driving the state’s conservative revolution, which has led to anti-democracy initiatives like voter restrictions and the repeal of the state’s public financing program.Dec03
Last night in New York the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption, appointed by Gov. Cuomo, issued its intitial findings in a 101 page report. Not surprisingly, they found that New York politics is swimming in corruption.
From the report:Dec02
With Moreland Commission recommendations expected, it's going to be a busy week in New York. City and State: "The Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption’s commissioners will vote this morning whether to approve the final draft of its preliminary report before releasing its recommendations to Gov.Nov27
This will be the last clips report of the week. Have a Happy Thanksgiving, and we'll see you on Monday!
Mark your calendar for this December 6 panel from the Center for Responsive Politics: "Politically Active Nonprofits: What We've Learned about Dark Money"Nov26
Campaign Finance/Fair Elections
Mother Jones: Republicans—Yes, Republicans—Are Joining the Battle Against Big Money PoliticsNov25Nov25
Great editorial this weekend in the New York Times about the Moreland Commission and reform efforts in New York: "As commission members put the finishing touches on their first report, they should resist efforts to dilute a public financing proposal, delay it or even drop it from their list.