Washington, D.C. - As the confirmation hearings get underway for Judge Sonia Sotomayor, President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Public Campaign Action Fund praised her history on campaign finance issues. Her court rulings and her experience with the New York City public financing program will bring a unique and invaluable voice on how different campaign finance laws work across the nation. The group also took issue with political attacks from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)
"Judge Sotomayor's positions on campaign finance are squarely in the mainstream of judicial precedent and public opinion," said Nick Nyhart, executive director of Public Campaign Action Fund. "From her service on the New York City Campaign Finance Board to her written opinions on the need to address the problem of big money in politics, Sotomayor has demonstrated a commitment to enhance the ability of all voices to be heard in our democracy. Her rulings show a pattern of supporting speech for the many and not just those who can afford to give large campaign contributions."
"Sen. McConnell and his big money allies are aghast at the nomination of a pro-campaign reform nominee," said David Donnelly, national campaigns director of Public Campaign Action Fund. "McConnell thrives in a pay-to-play system and is unabashed in his willingness to cloak a defense of the status quo in the principles of the First Amendment. But all he is doing is fighting for a political system in which the needs of big donors from Wall Street, the insurance industry, and polluters are placed in front of the public interest. That's not free speech, it's political greed."
Public Campaign Action Fund is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to passing comprehensive campaign finance reform at the local, state, and national levels. The organization also works to hold elected officials accountable for the favors they deliver for their wealthy backers.