The Senate should pass Sen. Tom Udall's constitutional amendment to give Congress the ability to regulate campaign spending, Public Campaign president Nick Nyhart wrote in testimony submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee today. And in the short term, Nyhart wrote, Congress should take up small-donor empowerment legislation like the Fair Elections Now Act (S. 2023) and Government By the People Act (HR 20).
Sens. Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell will testify at tomorrow's Senate Judiciary hearing on Sen. Tom Udall's amendment to give Congress the ability to set common sense contribution and spending limits (a few weeks ago, I noted the time in 1989 when Reid and McConnell cosponsored the same campaign finance bill).May30
Politico Magazine runs an excerpt of Ken Vogel's new book and the opening about President Obama's remarks at a private fundraiser during 2012 is pretty striking. To start, Obama: "You now have the potential of 200 people deciding who ends up being elected president every single time."May29May27
The Republican National Committee filed a lawsuit Friday aimed at further chipping away at contribution limits, just as a new CBS News poll found last week that 71% of Americans support such limits.May22
The day of the McCutcheon v. FEC decision that invalidated aggregate contribution limits, Shaun McCutcheon told Politico the decision "helps average Americans a great deal." CRP has a first look at the people blowing past the old limit:: average people like billionaires David Koch and Steve Wynn.May20
Whoa: opponents of VEEP's Selena Meyer have launched a super PAC and new attack ads. Public Campaign spokespeople are available to comment on this troubling development in fake politics. (Tweet from David Donnelly)May19
Make sure to check out Joe Nocera's column in the Times this weekend on Congressman John Sarbanes and the Government By the People Act. It ends:May16
Why is a supposed seniors organization spending thousands of dollars advertising against a federal housing bill that doesn’t target the elderly? Unsurprisingly: ideological, pro-corporate interests. In this instance, the Koch Brothers-connected (but not always loyal) 60 Plus Association used Medicare as a cover for its true agenda: fully privatizing the secondary mortgage market that is currently primarily covered by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.May14