Tomorrow (Wednesday, February 5): Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and other special guests will introduce the Government By the People Act during an 11 am press conference in the Capitol Visitors Center. Interested in attending? Let me know!Feb03Jan31Jan30
Year-end fundraising reports are due to the FEC tomorrow. Politico's Byron Tau offers some suggestions of what to look for in the filings.
I'd add: who raised money or held fundraisers during the shutdown?Jan29
President Obama in last night's State of the Union: "Citizenship means standing up for everyone’s right to vote. Last year, part of the Voting Rights Act was weakened. But conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats are working together to strengthen it; and the bipartisan commission I appointed last year has offered reforms so that no one has to wait more than a half hour to vote.Jan28
First: We are sad to report that our talented researcher (and sometimes clips sender) Kurt Walters is leaving us this week for a new opportunity. So, do you like fighting for a fairer democracy, campaign finance analysis, and spreadsheets? We're hiring a Research Analyst. Here's the job description.Jan27
First, really exciting news: Demos Vice President (and Public Campaign board member) Heather McGhee will be the next president of Demos. In a video announcing her new position, Heather says: "Together, we must create the kind of America where we all have an equal say in our democracy and an equal chance in our economy. It's a big goal, but we must achieve it.Jan24
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Citizens United AnniversaryJan24
Great story from Paul Blumenthal on political inequality ahead of Tuesday's State of the Union: "Just as income inequality has skyrocketed in the past 30 years, so, too, has the inequality of the campaign marketplace. Political candidates and parties today are more reliant on major campaign donors than at any other time since the early 1970s, when Congress first enacted modern campaign finance laws."Jan23
A foreign national, straw donations, lobbyists, shell companies--this crazy campaign finance story from San Diego has it all: "The owner of a Washington, D.C.-based campaign firm and a former San Diego police detective are accused of conspiring with a foreign national to illegally inject more than $500,000 into San Diego political races, including the 2012 mayoral contest, according to the U.S.