presidential race

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Old Money

Primaries may be seeing record turnouts and voter registration drives may be going full tilt, but inside congressional and presidential campaigns alike a sustained efforts is underway to lock up the same big money from the same power players which makes you wonder if the debate's ever going to change.

What Then?

Pundits and press folks have been understandably distracted by many other stories surrounding the presidential race, but despite the fact that the debate over public financing in the general election has died down somewhat, the fact remains that the Federal Election Commission is still short the necessary number of commissioners it needs to do its job, and that's just begging for trouble down the line.

An Investment of Sorts

Can you take campaign contributions from Wall Street firms with one hand, and slap new regulations on them with the other asks the Baltimore Sun? As the tide of campaign money from brokerages and investment firms shifts towards the Democratic candidates for President how might the economic philosophies of each candidate be effected?

Checking the Record

Cenk Uygur is an attorney, host of the radio program The Young Turks and a regular contributor to Huffington Post. He's also a rather disenchanted former support of Sen. John McCain (R) and in this article for Politico he expresses his frustration on a number of issues, including McCain's unclear position on public financing of campaigns.

Here's what Uygur has trouble with:

A Survey For Your Thoughts

Campaign Money Watch, a project of Public Campaign Action Fund, is in the process of planning the work it will do around this year's elections and we'd like to ask your help in guiding our thinking a bit. We've put together this short survey about public financing of elections and the Presidential race and would appreciate your filling it out.

First Time Match-Up

Emily Cadei at CQ Politics notes that this could be the first presidential elections to match up two vocal supporters of public financing of elections, in the form of Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama. She rightly identifies the glee with which we anticipate the topic of public financing receiving the attention it deserves, despite the barbs the candidates have been trading over the presidential public financing system.

Worth Saving

Robert Lenhard, former chairman of the Federal Election Commission writes in support of the presidential public financing program in this piece for the Washington Post, but he notes the faults that have emerged in the program and the pressing need to address the level of funding the system provides.

Investing in the Internet

There is an interesting pair of articles in Business Week contrasting both the fundraising and organizing styles of Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton as they duke it out for the Democratic presidential nomination. The two campaigns really provide a marked contrast in terms of how they view the engagement of small donors -- and even non-donors -- on the internet and how that has been reflected in their fundraising numbers.

Call for Clarity

One of Sen. John McCain's (R) home state newspapers, The Arizona Republic, is taking him to task for his muddied position on the presidential public financing system noting in particular the contrast between McCain's reputation as a reformer and his seeming ambivalence towards the presidential public financing program.

Cash or Credibility

Tired of the Barack Obama vs. John McCain battle over presidential public financing? Too bad! The Los Angeles Times wades in to the debate suggesting that if Obama and McCain end up opting out of the public financing program for the general election they'll only be hurting themselves.