Last Friday, Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) was confronted by Occupy protesters at a fundraiser. The protesters were there taking aim at the role of big money in politics. The fundraiser was charging from $5,000 to $75,000 for a seat. Edwards responded to the protesters as she left the event.
EDWARDS: "I walked in and didn’t acknowledge you. I couldn’t walk out and not acknowledge you. I stand by the 99 Percent. In my district are the 99 Percent. People who’ve lost their homes. People who’ve lost their jobs. People whose income is below $50,000 a year. The lowest median income in decades. It’s not fair. It’s not right. And it’s time for us to occupy America. [...] I’ve been a long-time advocate for public funding of elections. I think if the American people don’t own our elections, then the special interests do."
Edwards doesn't just talk the talk, though, she walks the walk. She is a cosponsor of the Fair Elections Now Act (S. 750, H.R. 1404), currently before Congress. The bill would allow federal candidates to choose to run for office without relying on large contributions, big money bundlers, or donations from lobbyists, and would be freed from the constant fundraising in order to focus on what people in their communities want.