campaign finance

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DC Super Lobbyists: Yes, Money in Politics is a Problem

“50 to 75”

That’s how many fundraiser invites Quinn Gillespie Associates President John Feehery says he gets in a week. QGA Chairman Jack Quinn said for him, “It varies, but I get a lot more invitations than I can afford to respond to.”

NEW BATTLEGROUND POLL: Money-in-Politics One Issue That Transcends Partisan Divide

New polling released yesterday by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner (for Democracy Corps) and Public Campaign Action Fund shows that concern over the influence of money-in-politics is one of the few areas with the power to breakthrough the otherwise divisive national conversation in top battleground districts.

House Administration Chair Candice Miller Should Hold Hearings on Money in Politics

The chairwoman of the Committee on House Administration, Rep. Candice Miller (R-Mich.), should “hold hearings early in the 113th Congress on the Citizens United decision to examine potential legislative solutions to a system out of control, including consideration of disclosure reforms,” according to a letter sent by Public Campaign and 10 good government organizations today.

David Donnelly on MSNBC: We need policies that bring people back in

Public Campaign Action Fund Executive Director David Donnelly appeared on Melissa Harris-Perry's show on MSNBC today to talk about all the money flooding into this year's elections.

Spring Break, Mitch McConnell style

By: David Donnelly, Executive Director, Public Campaign Action Fund

Christine O'Donnell Under Investigation

The Associated Press is reporting that federal authorities are investigating whether losing Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell (R) violated campaign finance laws by using campaign money to pay for personal expenses. This isn't the first time she's been the focus of authorities for campaign finance irregularities.

Means To An End

A story today at talkingpointsmemo.com discusses an appellate court case concerning campaign finance law that could undermine individual limits on contributions made to candidates. The case features none other than Ken Starr, known opponent of campaign finance laws.

 

PUBLIC CAMPAIGN ACTION FUND PRAISES SOTOMAYOR ON HER CAMPAIGN FINANCE RECORD

Public Campaign Action Fund issued a press release today praising Supreme Court nominee, Judge Sonia Sotomayor, for her campaign finance record.

 

"Judge Sotomayor's positions on campaign finance are squarely in the mainstream of judicial precedent and public opinion," said Nick Nyhart, executive director of Public Campaign Action Fund.

 

These Talking Points Need Work

Setting aside our tendency to disagree with nearly everything the Center for Competitive Politics says, it's hard to take their opposition to campaign finance regulation seriously when their founder, Bradley Smith, blames the McCain-Feingold law for the Rep. Mark Foley scandal. Bradley, it wasn't contribution limits Foley had trouble with it -- it was age limits.

It Ain't Easy Taking Green

Public Campaign Action Fund's project, Campaign Money Watch, has been doing extensive research into Senator John McCain's (R) recent reversal on the offshore oil drilling ban, and what a flood of contributions from the oil industry may have had to do with it.