Watchdog: We’re watching presidential public financing vote, will use in 2012 electoral targeting considerations

Washington, D.C.—Public Campaign Action Fund (PCAF) announced today it will consider how House members vote on Rep. Gregg Harper’s (R-Miss.) pro-special interest legislation to eliminate the presidential public financing system in its 2012 targeting decisions. The group’s electoral accountability project, Campaign Money Watch, has spent approximately $10 million in congressional and presidential races.

Recently, Campaign Money Watch was one of the top independent expenditure campaigns in the successful effort to recall anti-Clean Elections Arizona State Senate President Russell Pearce, focusing the campaign entirely on his corruption and opposition to Clean Elections, the state’s public financing system.

“As the only national reform organization that has done successful electoral work over the past several election cycles, any vulnerable incumbent who votes for this bill should know that we will definitely factor it into our targeting decisions for 2012,” said David Donnelly, director of PCAF’s Campaign Money Watch project. “With the continuing national debate about the influence of Wall Street and other corporate interests on our political process, a vote to end rather than fix an anti-corruption law is completely tone deaf.”

“Those who vote for it are voting to keep our elections in the control of the one percent,” continued Donnelly.

On Thursday, the House is expected to vote on HR 3463, legislation that would eliminate the presidential public financing system that was passed after the Watergate scandal. The organization also singled out the legislation’s elimination of the Election Assistance Commission as a bad idea.

In addition to the Pearce recall campaign, the organization ran ad campaigns earlier this year about three House freshmen’s votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act after taking significant insurance industry cash.

To see those ads and others from past election cycles, visit our YouTube page at www.youtube.com/campaignmoney. The Pearce direct mail campaign is available at www.campaignmoney.org/pearcerecall.

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Public Campaign Action Fund and its Campaign Money Watch project work to hold politicians who are against comprehensive campaign finance reform accountable for where they get their political donations. Learn more at www.campaignmoneywatch.com.