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Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Fighting for something you've been "fighting" against. This latest bit of congressional hypocrisy is brought to you by none other than House Budget Committee Chairman, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.). Ryan often claims that closing tax loopholes is a great way to reign in the budget deficit. And he's right. However, while espousing the virtues of closing loopholes, Ryan has also spent his career fighting for them for his biggest campaign donors.

A Penny For Your Thoughts? Better Make It $35

"Pay-to-say meetings?" Want to ask a question of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.)? That'll be $15. Maybe you want to ask freshman Congressman Ben Quayle (R-Ariz.) about his stance on the deficit reduction committee? I hope you've got $35 to spare. That's right, during this congressional summer recess when our elected representatives head back to their districts to presumably meet with constituents, these Members, and countless others like them, are holding town hall meetings. But you've got to pony up to get in.

Donor survey in Iowa

Support for Clean Elections, or full public financing of elections, has broad support across political parties and other demographics. On Saturday, Tim Urban had an op-ed published in the Des Moines Business Record showing support is also strong among those investing financially in the political process--campaign donors.