Submitted by John Papagiannis on Wed, 12/14/2011 - 19:27
Our friends at the Sunlight Foundation came out with a new report yesterday: TheOne Percent of the One Percent, which shows that in the 2010 election cycle an overwhelming percentage of campaign contributions to candidates and political parties come from the upper 1% of
Submitted by John Papagiannis on Mon, 12/05/2011 - 16:22
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.
"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."
Submitted by John Papagiannis on Tue, 11/29/2011 - 18:54
“you know, if it wasn't for special-interest groups coming to see us, we wouldn't have anything to do.”
That's a quote from Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) at the 2009 hearing on the Fair Elections Now Act, a bill that would bring a small-dollar matching system to Congress. Now Rep. Harper is leading an effort to eliminate the presidential public financing system.
Submitted by John Papagiannis on Mon, 11/21/2011 - 18:15
When news broke on Saturday morning of a leaked memo from a top Washington, D.C. lobbying firm spelling out a plan to undermine the Occupy Wall Street movement, Public Campaign Action Fund issued this press release.
Submitted by John Papagiannis on Wed, 11/16/2011 - 16:24
Public Campaign Action Fund sent letters to 20 members of Congress yesterday requesting full disclosure of any benefits they’ve received from Delta Air Lines as Congress considers the long-term Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization legislation. Delta has been the only airline lobbying on the anti-union National Mediation Board Provision and has been pouring campaign contributions into members’ campaign coffers.
Submitted by John Papagiannis on Tue, 11/08/2011 - 15:54
House Oversight Committee Chairman, Rep. Darell Issa (R-Calif.), "is pushing for a federal probe of a New York City community organization based on a Fox News report that accused the organization of improperly aiding the Occupy Wall Street movement and linked the group to the now defunct ACORN," according to a story yesterday in the Huffington Post.
Submitted by John Papagiannis on Mon, 11/07/2011 - 19:58
"Giving a gift to somebody who makes a decision on behalf of the public. At the end of the day, that's what bribery is."
That was corrupt former Washington, D.C. lobbyist, and recent jailbird, Jack Abramoff, in his interview last night on 60 Minutes. He of all people would know, so let's just get it straight from the horse's mouth.