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."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.