Earlier this month, the Hawaii House passed HB 1481, a bill that would create a small donor public financing system for state legislative races. The bill passed through the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. As the lead sponsor of the bill, Hawaii State Rep. Della Au Belatti (D) has been working hard to get it to the governor's desk.
On Tuesday, March 26th, Public Campaign President Nick Nyhart will join Reps. John Larson and Elizabeth Esty at a community forum in Farmington, CT to discuss money-in-politics and policies to raise the voices of everyday people in our political process. Live in Connecticut? Join us! You can RSVP here.
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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.
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.
Democratic Congressmen John Yarmuth (Ky.), John Sarbanes (Md.), and David Price (N.C.) each introduced public financing legislation last night. Congressman John Larson, chair of the Caucus' DARE Task Force on campaign finance and electoral reform issues, will work with the members to develop a bill that combines the best parts of all three. Rep. Yarmuth is taking over for Rep. Larson on the Fair Elections Now Act (HR 269), legislation Public Campaign has endorsed since its House introduction in 2009.
Public Campaign released the following statement today after the Federal Election Commission approved an advisory opinion in response to AT&T's request to charge low fees for text message campaign contributions:
Public Campaign Action Fund, Public Citizen, Common Cause, and People For The American Way--organizations representing hundreds of thousands of concerned citizens—announced a new campaign today urging federal candidates to declare their support for legislation to restore transparency and accountability in political spending, limit corrosive influence of big money on campaigns, make elections fair, and enhance the opportunity to participate.
Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md), along with approximately 30 of his House colleagues, introduced the Grassroots Democracy Act (HR 6426) on Friday, September 14. Here is a statement that Public Campaign President and CEO Nick Nyhart released after the bill was introduced: "Public Campaign supports Congressman Sarbanes' exemplary leadership to reduce the oversized role that corporate and special interest money have in our elections. The Grassroots Democracy Act complements the Fair Elections Now Act and elevates t