As Washington faces another snow day, the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale has a fun story on all the fundraising events moving south, with a good rundown of who's making the trek in the next week. Starting with a Mark Foley quote: "This is high hunting season in the fundraising business. Why do they rob banks? They go where the money is. No question this is fertile ground."Mar14Mar13
As the New York Senate continues deliberations over the budget, Public Campaign Action Fund is airing this ad starting today in five markets around the state, part of the $1M media campaign announced earlier this month.Mar13
Reps. John Sarbanes (D-Md.), Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.), and Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) spoke on the House floor Wednesday night about the influence of money in politics and the need for Congress to pass the Government By the People Act (H.R. 20), legislation to raise the voices of everyday people in the political process.
"We need to recognize that there is a problem and we need to take meaningful steps to address it," Rep. Sarbanes said before explaining how H.R. 20 would work.Mar12
The Congressional Progressive Caucus’s (CPC) “Better Off Budget,” released on Wednesday, includes funding for public financing of elections, to “establish a representative democracy that truly reflects the diversity and values of our nation.”
Here’s the full description (page 21):
Public Financing of CampaignsMar12
First: hundreds of Fair Elections activists had a great lobby day in Albany yesterday:Mar11
So, last summer, CREDO worked with political scientists on an experiment: they emailed 191 Congressional offices for meetings--with either "meeting with local campaign donors" or "meeting with local constituents" as the subject line (and a variation of that in the body).Mar11
Will the Supreme Court release McCutcheon v. FEC today? Oh who the heck knows, but here's our primer just in case.
And there's a new face on our floor today: it's Miles Rapoport's first day as the new president of Common Cause. The Public Campaign staff is excited to work with him in his new role!Mar07
Congressman John Sarbanes, lead sponsor of the Government By The People Act (HR 20), spoke about the bill and money in politics on the House floor Thursday afternoon.Mar06