Reform Groups Urge Senate Democratic Leaders Reid, Durbin and Schumer to Defeat Effort to Use FY 11 Spending Bill as a Vehicle to Kill Presidential Public Financing System

Americans for Campaign Reform – Brennan Center for Justice -Campaign Legal Center Common Cause – CREW – Democracy 21League of Women Voters – People For the American Way – Public CampaignPublic Citizen – U.S. PIRG In a letter sent today, reform groups urged Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin and Senate …

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New York Times Editorial: Lucking Out Inside the Beltway

The House Republican majority made a big show last week of pursuing its campaign promise to slash the federal budget. Far less obvious was the discreet dinner break for campaign fund-raising taken by 13 freshmen Republicans on the Armed Services Committee. The yearling defense appropriators went to solicit re-election help from the defense industry. It’s …

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Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21 Joined by Other Reform Groups File Supreme Court Amicus Brief Today Supporting Constitutionality of Arizona Public Financing Law

The Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21 joined by other reform groups filed an amicus brief today in the Supreme Court defending the constitutionality of the state public financing law in Arizona. In addition to Democracy 21 and the Campaign Legal Center, the reform groups who joined in filing the amicus brief included League of …

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Intervener Defendants File Brief in Supreme Court Today Opposing Request that Court Review Decision Upholding Constitutionality of Minor Party Provisions in Connecticut Public Financing Law

Connecticut Common Cause, Connecticut Citizen Action Group and two other intervening defendants filed a brief today in the Supreme Court urging the Court to decline to review a case in which the U.S Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the constitutionality of Connecticut’s public financing system for state elections. Unlike the case involving a challenge …

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House Republicans Pass Amendment to Kill Presidential Financing System; Key Senate Battle on Issue Expected on FY 11 Spending Bill After Recess

Statement of Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer Yesterday, House Republicans passed an amendment to the pending FY 11 Spending Bill that would shut down the presidential public financing system. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is expected to attempt to attach the House-passed amendment or a very similar amendment to the Senate FY 11 Spending Bill, …

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Reform Groups Today Urge Two Additional Congressional Committees to Investigate and Hold Hearings on Dysfunctional FEC

Dear Senators Schumer and Alexander and Representatives Lungren and Brady: The under-signed organizations, dedicated to ensuring that federal candidates for public office abide by their legal obligations, respectfully urge your Committees to investigate and hold hearings on the systemic problems with the Federal Election Commission (FEC).  The FEC is, without question, one of the most …

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Reform Groups Urge Vote Against Any Amendment to H.R. 1 to Restrict Funds from Being Used to Implement the Presidential Public Financing System

Americans for Campaign Reform – Brennan Center for Justice – Campaign Legal Center Common Cause – CREW – Democracy 21 – League of Women Voters People For the American Way – Public Campaign – Public Citizen – U.S. PIRG Our organizations strongly urge you to oppose any amendment that may be offered to H.R. 1, the FY …

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New York Times: New York Takes Step on Money in Judicial Elections

By William Glaberson New York’s top court officials will bar the state’s hundreds of elected judges from hearing cases involving lawyers and others who make significant contributions to their campaigns, a move that will change the political culture of courts and transform judicial elections by removing an important incentive lawyers have for contributing. Campaign fund-raising …

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Washington Post Editorial: The PAC Problem; Washington Post-The Plum Line: Why the DNC plan to nix corporate contributions to convention matters

The Washington PostThe PAC problem EditorialFebruary 10, 2011 IN THEORY, donations to presidential candidates are limited to $2,500 from any one person, or $5,000 if you include both the primary and general election campaigns. In practice, and it’s being practiced fiercely right now, prospective presidential candidates have bulldozed through those limits. Using political action funds …

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Los Angeles Times: Koch brothers now at heart of GOP power

By Tom Hamburger, Kathleen Hennessey and Neela Banerjee February 6, 2011 The billionaire brothers’ influence is most visible in the makeup of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, where members have vowed to undo restrictions on greenhouse gases. Reporting from Washington – The billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch no longer sit outside Washington’s political …

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