On Thursday, President Obama named yet another prominent political fundraiser to an ambassadorship, continuing a tradition of his recent predecessors of filling around 30 percent of diplomatic posts with political supporters. The latest is Timothy Broas, a partner at Winston & Strawn and a member of the Board of Trustees at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, who was named to be an ambassador to the Netherlands.
Justice Scalia was really being Justice Scalia yesterday at oral arguments for the challenge to Section 5: he called it "perpetuation of a racial entitlement" that Congress would never overturn because the name of the bill sounded nice. Sotomayor fired back to the lawyer: "Do you think the right to vote is a racial entitlement in Section 5?"
The elections may be over, but in Washington, D.C. the fundraising never stops. With President Obama's inauguration just a few days away, the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) is still scrambling to raise the $50 million in funds for the weekends' events.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the committee was short $8 million as of last week.
In his State of the State address yesterday, Gov. Cuomo once again called for public financing and a broad reform agenda. New York Times editorial: "Most important, he vowed to start public financing for campaigns so that more candidates can compete against wealthy competitors." It ends with this: "It is a long, ambitious list. If Mr.
Lots of press yesterday on SEC rulemaking around political disclosure. The SEC has received 322,000 public comments on the issue. LA Times: "A decision by the U.S.
Campaign Finance/Fair Elections
HuffPost: Cynthia Bauerly, FEC Commissioner, To Resign On February 1
Maybe this will actually force President Obama to appoint commissioners to the FEC? Even before Bauerly’s resignation, five of six positions were filled by commissioners on expired terms.
A recent editorial by the San Francisco Chronicle rips Obama’s decision to allow unlimited corporate contributions to underwrite his second inauguration.
"What a letdown. Step by step, President Obama, once an apostle of campaign finance reform, is backing away from his pledges to restrain big money in politics.
Jack Gillum at AP pulls together the top donors to the Obama and Romney campaigns (and super PACs). Obama: Fred Eychaner, James Simons, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Irwin Jacobs, Jon Stryker. Romney: Shel Adelson, Harold Simmons, Bob Perry, Robert Rowling, Bill Koch.
Another no-show for campaign finance issues at the debate last night, though Mitt Romney did hit Obama for attending a fundraiser in Vegas the day after the Benghazi attack.
It's the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's 100th birthday. On Friday, Public Citizen and a host of organizations are going to be rallying in DC against their dark money spending. Details here.