Clips Round-Up for 5/18/10
Citizens United/Fair ElectionsThink about the existing flood of angry voters, not just the threat of corporate money National Campaigns Director of the Public Campaign Action Fund David Donnelly provides an analysis of today’s elections and what the flood of angry voters means in terms of Fair Elections. CongressReid sets up big Wednesday vote on financial reformSenate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has filed for cloture on the financial reform vote. No cash, no campaignsCampaign cash makes the world go around – it lets people run for office who aren’t wealthy. Nobody makes a vote made on donations, but donations give people access.Language lessons for DemocratsA profile on our own Drew Westen – and how’s he’s helping Democrats connect with voters. He’ll be briefing lawmakers again next month.Road Map: Recess clock is tickingThere’s a lot to do before the Memorial Day recess: defense authorization, war supplemental, unemployment extension, and finishing financial reform.Gulf oil driller Transocean beefs up lobbying, PR firmTransocean has signed up Capitol Hill Consulting group and a PR shop in wake up the Gulf disaster. OtherMaine Voices: Clean Elections fund broadens choicesAn op-ed from Alison Smith on the 10th anniversary of Maine Clean Elections.
- “The struggles over legislation dealing with Wall Street, health care and climate change all point to the pressing need to curtail the big money special interests” so that Congress can clear its vision and do its job.