The Progressive Change Campaign Committee was out yesterday with a TV spot in Kentucky featuring a Kentucky veteran criticizing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for opposing gun reform, while taking nearly $200,000 in campaign contributions from gun interests.
On Friday, Mitch McConnell and 42 of his colleagues sent a letter to President Obama pledging to block Rich Cordray's CFPB appointment unless the agency agreed to several concessions to weaken it. Our analysis out this morning: "The 43 U.S.Feb05
Senators Pledging to Block Wall Street Watchdog Have Received $143 Million in Financial Industry Cash
The 43 U.S. Senators who signed a letter to President Barack Obama pledging to block Richard Cordray’s re-appointment to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) have received nearly $143 million in campaign contributions from the finance, insurance, and real estate sector—those who’d benefit the most from a weakened CFPB.Feb01
Yesterday afternoon, the Texas Ethics Commission approved a request to allow campaign contributions via text message. Public Campaign supports political text message donations as a way to enhance the voices of everyday Americans and to help get more people engaged in the democratic process.Jan31
The Texas Ethics Commission (TEC) will likely vote today on an advisory opinion request to allow text message campaign contributions. If the TEC approves the request, candidate committees, party committees, and PACs in Texas would be able to receive campaign contributions via text message. Instead of relying primarily on larger donors, campaigns would be able to connect with many more small donors.Jan30
Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), who was approved by the Senate yesterday to be the next U.S. Secretary of State, gave his farewell speech on the Senate floor today. In talking about ways to improve our democracy, Kerry, who has been a long-time support of efforts to raise the voices of everyday people in our political process, spoke eloquently about our corrupting campaign finance system and need to ensure voting rights for all.Jan30
The chairwoman of the Committee on House Administration, Rep. Candice Miller (R-Mich.), should “hold hearings early in the 113th Congress on the Citizens United decision to examine potential legislative solutions to a system out of control, including consideration of disclosure reforms,” according to a letter sent by Public Campaign and 10 good government organizations today.Jan30
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi appeared on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher on Friday and briefly talked about the need to address our broken political system.
NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre will appear today in front of the Senate Judiciary committee today for a hearing entitled “What should America do about gun violence?” Public Campaign has the story looking at the money that the NRA has spent to get many of those same committee members elected—$127,200 in contributions and $587,000 in independent expenditures, so it will be interesting to see how those memberJan29
National Rifle Association (NRA) Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre has called the video game industry a “callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry.”
Many people might feel that this is a more apt description of the gun industry and LaPierre's own organization, which spends millions of dollars each year to buy influence and access in Washington in order to block any new gun safety legislation.