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Nancy Pelosi: Addressing Money in Politics a Motivating Factor in Running for Leadership

Watchdog Applauds Minority Leader, Urges Congress to Take Action

Washington, D.C.—Campaign finance watchdog Public Campaign Action Fund applauded House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for saying today that “changing the role of money in politics” is a motivating factor in her decision to stay on as Democratic Minority Leader in the 113th Congress.

At her press conference this morning, Pelosi said, “changing the role of money in politics is really a very important motivator for me to stay in the leader’s office. I think it must be done.”

House Passes Pro-Special Interest Legislation

Vote to end presidential public financing: “completely tone deaf”

Washington, D.C.—Public Campaign Action Fund released the following statement in response to House passage of pro-special interest legislation to end the presidential public financing system. The legislation passed by a margin of 235 to 190.

Statement from David Donnelly, national campaigns director:

Watchdog Group Blasts Boehner for Scheduling Big Money Fundraising Event Instead of Negotiating Budget

Boehner appearance at Stamford, CT fundraiser “unconscionable” if government shuts down


Committee to receive testimony on the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission report today

New analysis of new subcommittee chairs’ Wall Street donations raises questions about impartiality

New Report: House Energy Committee’s Close Ties to Energy Industry Interests

Washington, D.C.—As the Energy and Power Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee begins hearings today on legislation to weaken the EPA and Clean Air Act, a new report from Public Campaign Action Fund shows close ties between energy interests and committee members.

Tonight's Winner: Big Money

To: Editorial Writers and Interested Journalists
From: Public Campaign Action Fund
Date: November 2, 2010
Subject: Tonight’s winner--big money

The 2010 election has been dominated by headlines about anonymous donors, special interest influence, and record-breaking campaign spending and fundraising. Democrats will say Republican millionaires bought the election. Republicans will say that voters are just angry at Congress’ leftward shift and responded with their money and their votes. Both are too simplistic.

Memo: A $2 Billion Cycle for House and Senate Candidates

To: Editorial Writers and Interested Journalists
From: Public Campaign Action Fund and Common Cause
Date: October 26, 2010


Subject: $2 billion

The Washington Post reported this morning that based on its own estimate of Senate races and a new projection from Public Campaign Action Fund regarding House races, congressional candidates will spend nearly $2 billion this election cycle—a record breaking statistic.


Combined House and Senate candidate fundraising and spending will near $2 billion
Secret donations to outside groups has fueled -- and obscured -- dramatic jump in candidate fundraising and spending

Washington, D.C. – Candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives will easily raise and spend more than a billion dollars for the first time ever, Public Campaign Action Fund projected today.

Lungren’s Earmark Requests for Donors Called Example of What’s Wrong in Washington

Campaign Money Watch

New report, called “Lungren’s Give-to-Get Earmarks,” details five 2009-2010 requests were all to help Lungren’s campaign donors


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