Fair Elections Now Act

OP-ED: Former Sen. Simpson Decries Special Interest Influence, Calls for Fair Elections

Former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.) has an op-ed today in Politico that bemoans the heavy influence wealthy special interests have in distorting our elections and policymaking, and once again calls for the Fair Elections Now Act as a remedy.

"Today, it is those well-funded, but narrowly construed, special interests that provide the lion’s share of campaign funds — and exercise undue influence in tax and spending matters as a result."

Fair Elections Now Act Hearing in Senate Subcommittee

This morning the Fair Elections Now Act (S. 750, H.R. 1404) was heard before the Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights. With lead Senate bill sponsor and subcommittee chairman, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) presiding, the hearing, entitled: “The Fair Elections Now Act: A Comprehensive Response to Citizens United," included a lively discussion with panelists, former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.) and Monica Youn of the Brennan Center for Justice arguing in favor of the bill, and Cleta Mitchell, Partner, Foley and Larner, arguing against.

Round-up of the Media Coverage of Yesterday's Fair Elections Bill Introduction

Yesterday, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), along with Reps. John Larson (D-Conn.) and Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) introduced the Fair Elections Now Act into the 112th Congress. They were joined at the press conference by Alec Baldwin, who supports the legislation. The bill introduction was covered in multiple media outlets.

Here's a rundown of the initial coverage:

CNN.com covered the press conference, quoting Baldwin:

Fair Elections Now Act Re-introduced in Congress

Today the Fair Election Now Act was re-introduced into the 112th Congress. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) was joined by Reps. John B. Larson and Chellie Pingree, as well as actor Alec Baldwin, in a press conference announcing the legislation.

Where's the Outrage?

The Washington Post's Ezra Klein has a piece today asking the question: why aren't more conservatives for campaign finance reform? Using the ongoing protests in Wisconsin over public sector unions as a backdrop, Klein ponders why there seems to be so much outrage at the campaign contributions the public sector unions make to elected offficials who they negociate with vs. the much larger amounts spent by corporations, who do the same thing.

2010's Top 10 Money and Politics Stories

By: David Donnelly and Adam Smith

Whether it was apologizing to BP, the Fair Elections Now Act passing out of a U.S. House committee, or the Supreme Court declaring that corporations were people when it comes to spending money in elections, 2010 was a big year for news about money in the political process. Here's our top ten list. Leave your suggestions in the comments.

Co-founder of the American Sustainable Business Council voices support for Fair Elections

Black Star News has an op-ed by David Brodwin, co-founder of the American Sustainable Business Council, who decries the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision and urges passage of the Fair Elections Now Act (S. 752, H.R. 6116/1826).

 

Another former member of Congress speaks out for Fair Elections

The Christian Science Monitor has an op-ed today by former member of Congress, Sherwood Boehlert (R-N.Y.). In it, former Rep. Boehlert discusses our deeply flawed campaign finance system and calls for the Fair Elections Now Act (S. 752, H.R.6116/1826).

 

New polling in battleground congressional districts shows strong support for Fair Elections

A recent Lake Research Partners survey among 700 likely voters in key battleground congressional districts shows broad and strong bipartisan support for the Fair Elections Now Act (S. 752, H.R. 6116/1826).

 

The survey reached 700 likely voters in battleground congressional districts (identified as “toss up” districts in the Cook Political Report rankings. Here are some of the key findings:

 

PRESS RELEASE: Campaign for Fair Elections Announces House Panel to Bring Up Fair Elections for Vote

The Campaign for Fair Elections issued a press release announcing that the Committee on House Administration will take up and vote on the Fair Elections Now Act in the next few weeks.