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  • BIG NEWS: Government By the People Act Introduced

    Today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) will be joined by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and over 100 House members as original co-sponsors of the Government By the People Act (H.R. 20), a bill to lift up the voices of everyday people in the political process through empowering and encouraging small dollar donors.

    The Government By the People Act would allow candidates to run for office by relying on a large number of small donations from people back home—instead of big donations from lobbyists or Wall Street bankers.

    Here’s how it would work:

  • Big News in New York: Gov. Cuomo's budget proposal includes Fair Elections

    Yesterday Gov. Cuomo announced his 2014 budget proposal, and it includes publicly financed Fair Elections. This is a major step for Cuomo, and puts the campaign in great position to win in the state. And after decades of passing Fair Elections bills, the state Assembly has recommitted their support. But there's still a roadblock.

  • Poll: Support for reform a bipartisan issue

    Likely voters across the political spectrum want "major changes" to the way our elections are financed and support a robust policy of small donations and public matching funds to do it, according to polling conducted by Lake Research Partners on behalf of Public Campaign Action Fund.

    It's good policy and good politics. According to the memo, "The issue of election reform can help members speak to changing Washington and the big moneyed interests that benefit from the status quo."

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  • Poll: Voters Want Major Changes, Support Efforts to Empower Small Donors

    Voters are angry with the status quo in Washington and want politicians to make “major changes” to the way our elections are financed, according to new polling from Lake Research Partners that was commissioned by Public Campaign Action Fund.

    Two-thirds of likely voters support a proposal to fund campaign with small contributions and limited public funds, with majority support across Republicans, Democrats, and Independents.

    The policy, a way to raise up the voices of everyday people in the political process, is also good politics, according to the survey. 

  • The 7 Weirdest Fundraisers of 2013

    From hilarious to distasteful to some real head scratchers, politicians this year did their best to come up with attention grabbing fundraisers to keep the money rolling in. While Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) says members of Congress have to do a “soul crushing” amount of fundraising, these events at least livened up the money chase for those of us watching from the sidelines. Here are a few of the weirdest fundraisers we came across this year.

  • Ben Affleck: Raising money "started to feel gross"

    In a recent interview, actor Ben Affleck said what most Americans think about campaign cash and political fundraising (emphasis added)

  • Wow, the FEC is a mess

    According to a new report from the Center for Public Integrity, the FEC is a mess: "As the nation heads into what will undoubtedly be the most expensive midterm election in history and a 2016 presidential election that, in no small way, has already begun, the FEC is rotting from the inside out."

    The report's key findings:

  • New Poll: Voters say members of Congress listen to donors more than constituents or their own conscience

    What do voters think affects the way U.S. politicians vote?

    Throw out your high school American goverment textbooks and Schoolhouse Rock videos because the views of their constituents and the politicians' own consciences came in tied for dead last.

    That was the result of a question in last week’s Greenberg Quinlan Rosner/Democracy Corps polling of likely voters in the country’s top battleground House districts.

  • NEW VIDEO: McCutcheon v. FEC Supreme Court Rally

    Back in October, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in McCutcheon v. FEC, a case that challenged the cap on how much money individuals can give, in total, to federal candidates, party committees, and political action committees (PACs) each election cycle.

  • Inside the Represent.Us poll

    Given the news coverage and a handful of queries I’ve received about a recent poll commissioned by United Republic’s Represent.Us, and the recent interest in their work by noted election attorney Bob Bauer, I asked Public Campaign Action Fund’s Political Director, Jeff Robinson, to take a look at the polling memo released by the organization and the underlying top lines. His response is below.