Sen. Dick Durbin
Last week, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) spoke at a hearing of the Senate Rules Committee to discuss efforts in Congress to increase transparency in election spending and limit the influence of special interests lobbyists and corporations.
At 1:38, he explains that although he supports the DISCLOSE Act, he argues that in order to get to the heart of the problem that Congress needs to pass the Fair Elections Now Act:
Campaign Finance/Fair Elections
Did ethics staff taint Waters probe?
Today’s the day for Supreme Court arguments in McComish v. Bennett, a case looking at the constitutionality of the "trigger funds" provision in Arizona Clean Elections. Lots of news about it over the weekend and this morning.
McComish/Other Campaign Finance
Arizona’s Boon to free speech
Though his fundraising prowess and mastery of the current campaign finance system has helped him to his powerful position, Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) realizes the existing campaign finance system no longer works to the greatest benefit. From his vantage point, the current system’s drawbacks outweigh its advantages. His ability to legislate – to produce the policies he most desires – is hamstrung by the steadily increasing demands that fundraising places upon the members of his caucus.