McCutcheon v. FEC

Life Savings or Max Donation: The Political Consequences of Asset & Income Inequality

Our citizenship should grant us equal access to government, but nearly half of Americans would be bankrupted by making a maximum donation to a federal candidate. Underscoring this fact, this April, two well-received publications further cracked the façade of American democratic accountability and economic mobility. 

America’s Richest Gamblers Benefit from Economic and Political Inequality

America’s best-paid hedge fund managers are also some of its biggest political donors, according to Public Campaign analysis of data from the Center for Responsive Politics.

NEW POLL: Battleground survey shows strong support for reducing influence of money in politics

New battleground state polling released today by Friends of Democracy, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, and Public Campaign Action Fund shows that the American people, across party lines, are strongly opposed to the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in McCutcheon v. FEC, which allowed for even more big money in elections, and favor the Government By the People Act (H.R.

McCutcheon, McConnell, and McDonald's: The Triple Play Threat Against Low-Wage Workers and Democracy

Did you know the NRA is the biggest political financier of opposition to a federal minimum wage increase? No, not the gun lobby, but the National Restaurant Association. Public Campaign Action Fund’s own Rahna Epting and LeeAnn Hall of the Community Organizations in Action tackled the other insidious NRA in their op-ed “The Triple Play Against Low Wage Workers: McCutcheon, McConnell, and McDonald’s.”  They wrote:

Mitch McConnell's Sandbag Dinners

Want to know how Washington works? A recent story Sen. Mitch McConnell on CNN, sheds some light on the shadier side of Washington politics:

Supreme Court Strikes a Blow to Democracy in McCutcheon v. FEC Decision

The Supreme Court’s decision in McCutcheon v. FEC will give the biggest campaign donors even more influence in Washington, according to campaign finance watchdog Public Campaign Action Fund.

On Wednesday, the Court struck down aggregate contribution limits on donations to candidates.

Statement from David Donnelly, executive director of Public Campaign Action Fund:

"The way campaigns are financed is already extremely unfair to everyday Americans, and today, the Supreme Court has once again made it worse.

Gratitude and Influence

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) appeared at the Supreme Court today to listen as his lawyer Bobby Burchfield urged the Court to, essentially, invalidate all contribution limits.

New Ad in Kentucky: Bigger Isn't Better

Public Campaign Action Fund and USAction launched a television ad campaign in Kentucky on Friday to highlight Sen. Mitch McConnell’s role in McCutcheon v. FEC, a case before the Supreme Court this week.