Campaign Finance Watchdog Response to Blagojevich Conviction

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Washington, D.C.—Campaign finance watchdog Public Campaign Action Fund responded today to former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s (D-Ill.) conviction on 17 of 20 counts of corruption today.

Statement from Nick Nyhart, executive director of Public Campaign Action Fund:

“Finally a politician is being held accountable for his actions. Rod Blagojevich betrayed the people of Illinois and he should be punished.

“But this isn’t just about Blagojevich. This conviction is also about our corrupting pay-to-play political system in which elected officials so often trade favors in return for campaign money as a way of building their political power.

“Blagojevich isn’t the first corrupt politician—and he won’t be the last. That’s why elected officials across the country need to look at legislation that puts the focus back on voters, instead of big money donors.“

According to news reports, “A jury on Monday convicted Rod R. Blagojevich the former governor of Illinois, of trying to personally benefit from his role in selecting a replacement for President Obama in the United States Senate.“

In addition, Blagojevich “was accused of trying to secure campaign contributions, a cabinet post or a high-paying job in exchange for his official acts as governor — whether that was picking a new senator, supporting particular legislation or deciding how to spend state money. “

Public Campaign Action Fund supports legislation like the Fair Elections Now Act in Congress that would allow candidates to run competitive campaigns for office by relying on small donations from people back home. Once elected, Fair Elections candidates can make policy decisions based on what’s best for their constituents—not their campaign bank accounts. Learn more at www.fairelectionsnow.org.

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