On Thursday, Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) told a group of constituents, “I would say we have an absurd tax code that has so many ridiculous features that are there because special interests have carved them out. I’m all in favor of reforming it so we can get rid of those kinds of features.”
Campaign Finance/Fair Elections
Attorney general: state campaign finance law likely unconstitutional
Nebraska's AG has released an opinion stating that he believes the state's public financing law is unconstitutional due to U.S. Supreme Court's McComish decision.
Amid skepticism, debt panel is pressed for a deal
Deficit supercommittee members have close ties to many lobbyists
"More than 100 former staffers of the bipartisan, bicameral supercommittee members have gone to work for entities that lobby Congress, according to data collected by the Center for Responsive Politics." And that's why we need disclosure and a break from fundraising.
Our friends at MapLight.org have put out a detailed report on where the Super Committee tasked with deficit reduction get their campaign money. All 12 members are profiled.
It will be very interesting to see how much influence campaign donors and wealthy special interests will have on the process. We'll be following it every step of the way.
Here's a round-up of Public Campaign and Public Campaign Action Fund's work for the week of Aug 8-Aug 12, 2011.