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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.

Dan Benishek: Oil companies pay their fair share.

Politico reports that at a public forum back in Michigan, freshman Rep. Dan Benishek (R-Mich.) said, "(Democrats) talk about raising the taxes on the oil companies. I think oil companies pay their fair share."

In the 2010 cycle, Benishek received $36,650 from oil and gas interests, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. So far this year, he has received $9,000 in donations from the industry.

Fred Upton's climate change evolution

Fred UptonThinkProgress reports on the “evolving” position of Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) on issues of global climate change.

What To Do

Irked by a donor who got away with making some shady campaign contributions, the Detroit Free Press wants attention paid to combating the influence of money in politics, and implementing a workable public financing solution.


The paper is right on in moving beyond outrage over a seemingly illegal activity, to a general indictment of the larger private money system: