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Supreme Court Strikes a Blow to Democracy in McCutcheon v. FEC Decision

The Supreme Court’s decision in McCutcheon v. FEC will give the biggest campaign donors even more influence in Washington, according to campaign finance watchdog Public Campaign Action Fund.

On Wednesday, the Court struck down aggregate contribution limits on donations to candidates.

Statement from David Donnelly, executive director of Public Campaign Action Fund:

"The way campaigns are financed is already extremely unfair to everyday Americans, and today, the Supreme Court has once again made it worse.

NEW REPORT: Insurers Pursuing Billions in Medicare Profits Make Big Contributions to Candidates Backing Ryan Budget

Along with Health Care for America Now, Public Campaign Action Fund announced a new report today: "Insurers Pursuing Billions in Medicare Profits Make Big Contributions to Candidates Backing Ryan Budget," which details the huge amount of campaign cash flowing to supporters of the Ryan plan, and how those interests benefit. 

As For-Profit College Profits Soar, So Does The Industry's Political Spending

Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) has released a blistering new report on the for-profit college industry, noting that:

Pro-Obama Super PAC Accepts Lobbyist Campaign Cash

The Obama campaign has famously pledged to not take any money from lobbyists, but that didn't stop Priorities USA, the pro-Obama super PAC, from taking in more than half a million dollars from a lobby shop that has that has worked on behalf of commercial banks. The Los Angeles Times reports that Priorities USA "accepted $500,000 from Perennial Strategy Group, which has lobbied for commercial banks and the MGM Mirage, among other clients.

New York Enviros: "the greatest threat to our environment here in New York may be an unlikely suspect: big money."

The Atlantic Chapter of Sierra Club and WE ACT for Environmental Justice have a compelling op-ed today in Newsday calling for the state legislature to act on Fair Elections legislation that is currently before both houses.

The groups note that they seldom stray from purely environmental issues, but that the big money influence, particularly in the "fracking" fight, has become too much to ignore.

Senators Rewarded for Oil Subsidies Vote

On March 29th, the U.S. Senate failed to pass legislation to end billions of dollars in wasteful subsidies to oil companies.

Pink Slime Buoyed by Big Money to Politicians

The Des Moines Register reported Saturday on the controversial "pink slime" produced by Beef Products Inc. (BPI) that has found its way into fast food restaurants and school cafeterias. BPI has contributed half a million dollars to Republican lawmakers over the last decade, when this gross "product" has seen a surge in use.

Marriott or Hyatt: Wealthy Hotel Chains and Their Favored Presidential Candidates

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has come under scrutiny for his service on the board of Marriott International during a time when the company paid millions to settle charges of taking kickbacks and cheating clients. Given the close relationship Romney has to the Marriott family (Romney’s father was a close friend of the hotel chain’s founder J.

RNC Seeks Even More Corporate Control of our Elections

This week the Republican National Committee (RNC) filed a brief in federal court seeking to overturn a 1908 law (yes, 1908!) that banned corporations from giving directly to candidates. The RNC claims that due to the recent Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v.

PCAF Statement on Romney's $24 Million Haul: Release Your Bundlers

Public Campaign Action Fund issued a statement upon the news of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's huge haul of campaign cash in the 4th quarter.

From the statement: "...Governor Romney should release the names of those who are bundling hundreds of thousands of big money donations for his campaign. We demand that he provide the public with at least the most basic information about who he is relying on to fuel his campaign."