Public Financing

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Public Policy Failure

The Worcester Telegram chides Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Chris Gabrielli for opting out of the public financing system, claiming he's "fail[ed] his first test of public policymaking"

Sen. Feingold on the Daily Show

Last night Sen. Russ Feingold made an appearance on Comedy Central's the Daily Show with John Stewart. Towards the end of the interview Stewart asked Feingold about the campaign finance reform law he and Sen. McCain advocated for. Sen. Feingold said it's doing what intended but we need full public financing for all campaigns. Click here to watch the interview (1.5 MB Real Media file).

 

Here is the transcript:

 

Susan Anderson of Public Campaign on the Air...

Our own Susan Anderson is talking on National Public Radio's the Kojo Nnamdi Show even as we type. Susan is discussing the Clean Elections movement, also known as "Clean Elections," that is growing around the country.

You can listen to the Kojo Nnamdi Show on WAMU at 88.5 on your FM dial if you are in Washington, DC. You can also listen to the show via the internet by clicking here (the links to listen via the internet are in the upper left corner, just below the header on the web page).

Beyond Tom DeLay

There is no end of verbiage about Tom DeLay in today’s editorial pages, but while most of these pieces are good at making zingers about the House Majority Leader, none are calling for major reforms that would guard against future Tom DeLays taking power. The Los Angeles Times comes closest, noting that:

Nothing and everything

The Washington Post editorializes this morning in favor of comprehensive public financing with spending limits for state races in Maryland. While you may think this has nothing to do with Tom DeLay (frankly, on the surface it doesn't), it has everything to do with the kind of big money politics practiced by DeLay and far too many other political leaders. Read the editorial here.

Bankruptcy bill in the Senate; DeLay poised to aid donors (again)

There's a bad bankruptcy bill being debated in the Senate this week. Tell your Senators you oppose it.

Today's New York Times has a new twist on it -- there is a big, gaping loophole for wealthy Americans in the bill:

Money in Politics in the News

The SPECIAL INTEREST SPOTLIGHT is normally going to be a weekly take on money in politics in coverage of the presidential race.