campaign finance reform
Tea Party supported insurgent David Brat defeated Cantor by advocating for getting big money out of politics. Majority Whip Eric Cantor’s (R-Va.) shocking primary defeat reminds us once again that campaign finance reform is non-partisan. Brat’s message resonates strongly with conservative voters.
Over 30 national civil rights, labor, environmental, good government, public interest, and constituency groups have announced their support for the Government By the People Act.
Last week, Rep. Annie Kuster (D-N.H.) wrote at length about the need for campaign finance reform in a great op-ed in the Concord Monitor. In the piece she came out in support of the Government by the People Act - a bill that will be introduced this week by Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) that would amplify the voices of everyday Americans.
The city of Washington, D.C. has long been embroiled in ethics scandals. Capitol Hill may be what most people think of when they hear about corruption, but the DC City Council has seen its fair share of problems over the past decade. This includes former Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo spoke on a telephone town hall last night with about 1,350 grassroots activists, signaling his strong support for campaign finance reform, saying "Campaign finance is a way to tell the people of this state and this country: It's your government. You own it. Literally." The Governor called campaign finance reform “one of the most important issues to complete” in the rest of New York’s legislative session this year.
Hey everyone! A big thanks to Kurt for handling the clips while I was on sabbatatical. Now back at it:
Former NYC Mayor Ed Koch wrote in the Daily News this weekend that it's time to clean up Albany: "We have every reason to believe that replicating the city’s system of public financing at the state level will have precisely the same effect."
On Tuesday, June 26 from 7pm-9pm, Public Campaign’s Nick Nyhart will participate in a campaign finance reform discussion with Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and Maryland State Senator Jamie Raskin.