Public Campaign President Nick Nyhart joined The Agenda with Ari Rabin-Havt on Sirius XM radio this morning to discuss Sen. Chuck Schumer's announcement that the Senate will vote on a campaign finance amendment that would restore Congress's ability to regulate campaign spending and fundraising.
Why is the vote important?
McCutcheon, McConnell, and McDonald's: The Triple Play Threat Against Low-Wage Workers and Democracy
Did you know the NRA is the biggest political financier of opposition to a federal minimum wage increase? No, not the gun lobby, but the National Restaurant Association. Public Campaign Action Fund’s own Rahna Epting and LeeAnn Hall of the Community Organizations in Action tackled the other insidious NRA in their op-ed “The Triple Play Against Low Wage Workers: McCutcheon, McConnell, and McDonald’s.” They wrote:
The Senate Rules Committee will hold its hearing on McCutcheon and "dark money" today at 10 am. It'll be livestreamed on the Senate Rules website and I believe carried on C-SPAN.Apr29
In his dissent in McCutcheon v. FEC, a recent Supreme Court decision that invalidated "aggregate" contribution limits," Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer wrote, "When enough money calls the tune, the general public will not be heard."
With its decision, the Court gave the biggest donors to political candidates and party committees--those that "maxed out" around $50,000, $80,000 or $120,000--more political power, making it harder for the voices of regular people to be heard.Apr29
Larry Sabato for Politico Magazine: "With upwards of $2.6 billion estimated to be spent on political TV spots in 2014—an increase of 10 percent or more from the last midterm election in 2010—you’d best get ready for the assault on your senses.Apr28
The Senate Rules Committee is bringing some star power to its Wednesday hearing on McCutcheon and dark money: former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.Apr25
Yesterday, a federal judge in New York threw out the state's contribution limit on donations to outside groups. But he wasn't happy about it. The Bush-appointed judge, Paul Crotty, said: "One thing is certain: large political donations do not inspire confidence that the government in a representative democracy will do the right thing.Apr24
“The evidence is mounting: the same people polluting our air and water with toxic pollution are polluting our democracy with toxic money. That's why it’s more important than ever that we take steps to protect our environment by protecting our democracy from corrupting political money -- and we should start by passing the Government by the People Act.”
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) appeared on The Daily Show Tuesday night to promote her new book, "A Fighting Chance."