Yesterday, Democratic Caucus Chair, Rep. John Larson, announced that House Democrats would push for several campaign finance proposals in the month of December.
"We continue to believe that this whole system is awash [in] money and needs reform," Larson told reporters in the Capitol. "The public is increasingly wising up to that. I think you're going to see several proposals emanating from our committees and from Democratic leaders in our caucus."
This is certainly welcome news. Rep. Larson, of course, is the lead House sponsor of the Fair Elections Now Act (S. 750, H.R. 1404), which is currently before Congress. One would hope that the legislation is part of the package of reform proposals they'll advance. This move comes a a time when more and more people are fed up with big money interests trumping the public interest in the halls of Congress, as evidenced by the Occupy Wall Street movement.
How far these measures make it is unclear, particularly when you consider that the Republican Majority, led by champions of the 1%, Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor, will likely quash anything that might harm the bottom line of their corporate and special interest backers. Regardless, this push will further shed light on how much Congress is in the pockets of big money donors, and that's always a good thing.