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Specter On Fair Election Now

Sen. Arlen Specter's (R-PA) testimony at the Senate Rules Committee hearing on the Fair Elections Now Act of which he is a lead sponsor gets a shout-out in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The Article mentions in particular Specter's warning about rising campaign costs for which he cites the difference in costs for when he initally sought his seat in 1980, and when he last ran in 2004.

Report from the FENA Hearing

I just got back from the Senate Rules Committee hearing on the Fair Elections Now Act and I'd say it was a positive opening for the bill as well as an opportunity to explain the reasoning behind it and dispel some myths about what public financing would mean for Congressional races. We'll have the video up shortly and Nick Nyhart, our President, will chime in later with his thoughts on offering testimony. Read on for a summary of the hearing.

Straight from the Senator's Mouth

The San Francisco Chronicle covers the visit of former Sens. Bill Bradley and Alan Simpson who are traveling the country drumming up support for public financing of congressional and presidential races and giving a candidates' perspective on the endless money chase that is the modern campaign.

Roundly Rebuked

The first quarter campaign finance disclosures from the Presidential field draws a trio of critical editorials on the subject of the "wealth primary" from The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, and the The New York Times.

Well Worth It

The Chicago Sun-Times has a great article on the Fair Elections Now Act, praising its potential to reign in campaign spending and produce a Congress mroe responsive to the needs of constituents. Overall, a very clear explanation of the bill, and a pragmatic enumeration of its benefits.


Restoring the Temple

Likening the Fair Elections Now Act to a campaign finance revolution, the Philadelphia Daily News heralds the work of Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Arlen Specter (R-PA) in introducing a bill that represents a simultaneously far-reaching and practical solution to the money in politics woes of Congress.


From the editorial:

Sen. Durbin's Speech on the Senate Floor

As we've mentioned on the blog already, Sens. Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Arlen Specter (R-PA) introduced the Fair Elections Now Act on Tuesday, legislation that would bring publicly financed elections to the U.S. Senate. Sen. Durbin made the following remarks on the Senate floor Wednesday evening. Join Sen. Durbin in supporting Fair Elections for Congress by becoming a citizen co-sponsor today!


See the full text of Sen. Durbin's speech below:


More Coverage on Bill's Introduction

Homestate newspapers of both Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) covered their introduction of the Fair Elections Now Act yesterday.

A Shift

Ari Berman at The Nation writes on the introduction of the Fair Elections Now Act today by Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Arlen Specter (R-PA). Berman notes the prominence of the two sponsoring Senators and expresses hope that "the conversation is shifting, from how corrupt Washington is to how to clean it up."



Fair Elections Now Act Comes to Congress

Today marks a major milestone in the work to win full public financing of congressional elections. Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Arlen Specter (R-PA) have announced their introduction of the Fair Elections Now Act to bring spending limits and full public financing to elections for Congress. Rep. John Tierney (D-MA) will lead up the companion bill, the Clean Money Clean Elections Act, in the House.


Public Campaign's President and CEO Nick Nyhart, spoke in praise of the bill introduction: