First: hundreds of Fair Elections activists had a great lobby day in Albany yesterday:Mar11
So, last summer, CREDO worked with political scientists on an experiment: they emailed 191 Congressional offices for meetings--with either "meeting with local campaign donors" or "meeting with local constituents" as the subject line (and a variation of that in the body).Mar11
Will the Supreme Court release McCutcheon v. FEC today? Oh who the heck knows, but here's our primer just in case.
And there's a new face on our floor today: it's Miles Rapoport's first day as the new president of Common Cause. The Public Campaign staff is excited to work with him in his new role!Feb28
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?"
I've got your perfect Washington influence story here: Drywall safety bill passed by Congress was watered down by the industry so that *voluntary* safety regulations are decided by a committee of drywall manufacters and homebuilders. Congress pats itself on back.Jan10
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.Jan08
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."Nov02
Tom Hamburger at WaPo: "It is no accident that much of the record spending in this year’s election, now funding an avalanche of last-minute ads across the country, comes from groups with a strong interest in shaping federal tax rules. Tax reform is likely to be at the top of the agenda for the next Congress. And the topic ranks as the No.Oct17
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.