Nick Nyhart on Justice Stevens' and Senator Udall's Efforts to End "a Constitutional Right to Bribery"
Public Campaign President and CEO Nick Nyhart went on 920 KVEC’s Dave Congalton Show Wednesday to talk about retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens’ and U.S. Senator Tom Udall’s (D-N.M.) proposed constitutional amendments. Nyhart summarized the possible amendments, their differences, and why public financing is a critical part of any changes in campaign finance laws.
On the democratic crisis that has born these two amendment proposals, Nyhart said:
Our citizenship should grant us equal access to government, but nearly half of Americans would be bankrupted by making a maximum donation to a federal candidate. Underscoring this fact, this April, two well-received publications further cracked the façade of American democratic accountability and economic mobility.
Though 80% of his money has come from outside Kentucky, Sen. Mitch McConnell's campaign has repeatedly criticized Alison Lundergan Grimes for raising money out of state. NY Daily News today: "U.S.May07
America’s best-paid hedge fund managers are also some of its biggest political donors, according to Public Campaign analysis of data from the Center for Responsive Politics.May07May06
Watch out, New York, Preet Bharara is on the case: "Federal prosecutors in Manhattan have issued a grand jury subpoena seeking emails, text messages and other records from all the members of the anticorruption commission that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo abruptly shut down in March, three people briefed on the matter said on Monday."May05
Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) appeared on WYPR’s Midday with Dan Rodricks Friday to talk about the Government by the People Act (HR 20), his own fundraising program modeled after the bill, and why there’s growing support for small donor public financing on Capitol Hill.
Two days after an associate of David Rivera's was denied bail a second time, the Miami Herald reports: "David Rivera, the former Miami congressman under investigation in a complicated campaign-financing scheme, said Thursday night that he intends to runMay02
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?May01
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: