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."Apr23Apr22
A lot of people are talking about Professors Martin Gilens and Benjamin Page’s new academic paper that shows, due to growing inequality and a political fundraising system reliant on America’s wealthiest, the United States is now an oligarchy. Their research independently and statistically confirms the fears of many Americans: they have completely lost their voice in Washington, DC.
First: With lobbying reports coming in, the Hill reports: "Revenues are rising again on K Street after a brutal 2013 for many of Washington’s top firms. Four of the top five lobby shops on Monday reported increases in lobbying revenue over the first three months of 2014, with some in the top 20 recording double-digit growth.Apr21Apr18
So what do we call "joint fundraising committees" that'll probably become more popular in a post-McCutcheon world? Washington Post's Matea Gold says the winner of her contest is FEC Commissioner Ellen Weintraub's "max-PACs."Apr17
As you begin flipping through the paper filings of Senate fundraising reports, do read Michael Beckel's latest for CPI on the e-filing fight in the Senate. And who's to blame? Sen. Tester's spokesperson says Mitch McConnell has “objected to passing the bill by unanimous consent."Apr16
Washington Post: "Wealthy political donors pumped millions of dollars into Democratic and Republican super PACs in the first quarter of the year — a sign that independent political groups will once again have a large impact on this year’s midterm contests."