Congressman John Sarbanes, lead sponsor of the Government By The People Act (HR 20), spoke about the bill and money in politics on the House floor Thursday afternoon.
If it's a Wednesday, it's a day when I ask "will McCutcheon v. FEC come down today?" Our primer.Mar04
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is releasing what are essentially the first ads of his re-election this week, with one focused entirely on ethics and Fair Elections reform. It's good policy, and good politics.Mar03
In the Times this weekend: "Clubs of elite donors in both parties are taking a more central role in shaping policy and campaigns, displacing party leaders and the outside-spending organizations they helped create after the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision in 2010.Feb28
On Dave Camp's tax reform plan: "Private equity and investment firms in New York are telling key Republican players in D.C. that commitments for big-dollar fundraising have been 'canceled for the foreseeable future,' according to one GOP lobbyist with knowledge of the conversations." With great color on members groveling to contain the damage. It was expected, of course.Feb27
Whenever operatives who've always opposed Clean Elections in Arizona get embarrassed by their party, they blame Clean Elections instead of taking a look in the mirror. A quick look at facts over opinion and the argument doesn't hold up to scrutiny. Here's our response to yesterday's Washington Post piece on SB 1062 (and Gail Collins made similar arguments today).Feb26Feb25
Last week, Government By the People Act (H.R. 20) original co-sponsor, Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) appeared on the Kentucky radio program "Worker's Voice," with Bill Londrigan and Charles Showalter, to discuss the need for public financing of elections, among other issues.