Women tend to be underrepresented among campaign donors, particularly at the highest levels of giving. That’s one of the key findings in a new report from the National Council for Research on Women (NCRW), in collaboration with The Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University and the Center for Responsive Politics. I, along with Nick Nyhart and Susan Anderson from Public Campaign, contributed research and expertise to the project.
First: Make sure to read Eric Lipton's piece in the New York Times on the fancy getaways to five-star resorts and ski chalets that members of Congress take with lobbyists to raise money.Jan21
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) will join New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D) in New York City Thursday to highlight the impact our big money campaign system has on our country’s growing economic inequality.
In an invitation to supporters, Citizen Action of New York’s Karen Scharff wrote, “The stagnant economy and rampant inequality in New York and across America is directly connected to the growing problem of money-in-politics.”Jan17
Nick is the president and CEO of Public Campaign
Why would I travel to New Hampshire and walk outdoors in the middle of winter? It’s a good question.
My answer starts with another good question, said to have been asked of Benjamin Franklin as he left the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia: “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?" His answer, of course, was "A republic, if you can keep it.”Jan17Jan17Jan16
Today's must-read: a Center for Public Integrity investigation of the top American companies that voluntary disclose their political donations. What they found: "About one-third of the 300 largest companies in the country voluntarily disclosed gifts to trade associations and other politically engaged nonprofits in 2012.Jan15
Common Cause announced yesterday that Demos' Miles Rapoport will be their new president, starting in March.Jan15
On Monday, House and Senate negotiators released a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through the end of the fiscal year. What does it have to do with money in politics? Plenty.
Here’s a quick list:Jan14
My favorite story today: "After Michael Eisenga, a wealthy GOP donor and Wisconsin business owner, failed to convince several courts to lower his child support payments, he came up with an inventive plan B—he recruited a Republican state legislator to rewrite Wisconsin law in his favor."