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One Change

If you hadn't heard, this presidential election is going to be about "change." Richard Cohen at the Washington Post says if you want to see real change it's time to fix the way we finance campaigns in our country and move to a full public financing system.

Cohen dispatches with the red herring arguments over lobbyists and heads right for the essential conflict:

 

Rally in Iowa

This article in the Telegraph Herald begins with an examination of the eye-opening results from last week's Iowa caucus and wraps with a mention of the unprecedented spending by presidential candidates in Iowa fueling chances for the Voter-Owned Iowa Clean Elections Act (VOICE Act) in this year's legislative session.

What's Next for Iowa

Presidential candidates are hatching all kinds of schemes to get their supporters to the Iowa caucuses tonight, including apparently mobilizing snow plows to help stranded would-be-voters. No doubt several Iowans would rather the candidates help them dig out from the campaign advertising under which which the state has been blanketed thanks to record fundraising and record spending.

Number Narratives

The big campaign money story to come out of tonight's Iowa caucuses may be the contest between Republicans Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee. Romney has vastly out-raised and out-spent Huckabee, but polls give Huckabee the edge on public support in Iowa. What are the implications of a contest between these two kinds of candidates for a larger debate on the wealth primary?

Susan Milligan at the Boston Globe lays out the money dynamic at this stage:

Kucinich, Gravel, and Obama respond

Following former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR) and former Sen. John Edwards (D-NC), former Sen. Mike Gravel (D-AK) and Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), and Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL have responded to our question about Fair Elections.

Both Gravel and Kucinich have endorsed Fair Elections, or full public financing of elections.

 

Here is Gravel's response:

Common Cause Launches New Ad

Our allies in the fight for Clean Elections, Common Cause, have just a launched a new newspaper ad campaign in Iowa to draw attention to the problem of special interest money in elections and press the presidential candidates to take a firm stand in support of full public financing of elections. See the ad, and read more about the campaign at Common Blog.

A Bank-Breaking Work of Fundraising Genius

Ron Paul, oil spills, and the guy from Men's Wearhouse all get a cameo in this New York Times op-ed by author Dave Eggers. For Eggers, a photo op with a presidential candidate at a swanky fundraising event in the Oakland hills is a subtle reminder of just how bad the campaign money chase has become.

Take Five

USA Today offers up the top five reasons to support a Clean Elections public financing model for our elections. Dismayed by legislative foot-dragging on the subject of campaign finance, the paper makes the case against big money business as usual.

Here's why we need Clean Elections:

Gap to be Filled

Jay Mandle of Democracy Matters uses the most recent installment of his "Money on my Mind" column to address deficiencies -- namely a lack of funding -- in the current presidential public financing system, and the corresponding rise in private money domination.

Candidates Take on the Money

Presidential candidates are being asked more questions about the ties between the money they take for their campaigns and the decision they'll make in office. As a result, several candidates have taken public stances against traditional big money fundraising, and against lobbyist money. Keep reading for the latest from candidates John Edwards and Dennis Kucinich on the subject.