Today's must-read is this Politico Story, "Lament of the Plutocrats," with Wall street belly-aching over their treatment by Congress and President Obama. Two highlights:Dec12
A great short video of the rally outside the Supreme Court on the day of the McCutcheon v FEC arguments.Dec12
Campaign Finance/Fair Elections
WSYR: Moreland Commission report on government ethics only beginning, co-chair saysDec12
This weekend, the Boston Globe reported on the success of Connecticut's Citizens' Election Program, featuring State Rep. Matt Lesser, elected at the age of 25 because he was able to use the public financing program.Dec11
Back in October, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in McCutcheon v. FEC, a case that challenged the cap on how much money individuals can give, in total, to federal candidates, party committees, and political action committees (PACs) each election cycle.Dec06
Weekly Roundup: Moreland Commission report, SEC moves against transparency, and campaign cash for Xmas?
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Moreland Commission in New YorkDec05
From President Obama's speech on economic inequality yesterday: "And finally, rising inequality and declining mobility are bad for our democracy. Ordinary folks can’t write massive campaign checks or hire high-priced lobbyists and lawyers to secure policies that tilt the playing field in their favor at everyone else’s expense.Dec04
The Center for Public Integrity has a fascinating new report out today on financial disclosures of state supreme court judges--or the lack of financial disclosures of state supreme court judges. "Despite the poor disclosure rules, the Center’s investigation found 35 examples of questionable gifts, investments overlapping with caseloads as well as other entanglements."Dec03
After a press conference outside the office where conservative mega-donor Art Pope now presides as the state budget director the leader of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP got the chance to personally confront Pope, the man many credit with driving the state’s conservative revolution, which has led to anti-democracy initiatives like voter restrictions and the repeal of the state’s public financing program.Dec03
Last night in New York the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption, appointed by Gov. Cuomo, issued its initial findings in a 101 page report. Not surprisingly, they found that New York politics is swimming in corruption.
From the report: