Clean Elections

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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:

The Who, What, and Why

What are we really fighting for when we embark on campaign finance reform? Mark Schmitt, of the New American Foundation and The Decembrist, opens an engaging dialogue on TPM Cafe urging reform-minded folks to not get bogged down in the details of campaign finance and to keep our eyes on the ball: using policy (like Clean Elections) to create opportunities for more people to become involved in politics and spark social change.

 

A Challenge

Well, well. Ari Berman at The Nation issues a challenge to Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), whose relationship with corporate donors Berman has been tracking: sign on in support when Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) introduces his Clean Elections bill.

Lobby Day in Maryland

On Thursday, February 22nd, I had the privilege of meeting six volunteers from Public Campaign who were in Annapolis, Maryland to ask their legislators to support public financing of legislative elections. They were joined by staff and volunteers from several organizations including Progressive Maryland and Common Cause. It was an exciting day and we accomplished a lot.

Is There a Doctor in the House?

Sharon F. Valentine writes in North Carolina's Fayetteville Observer that the days of “take an aspirin and call me in the morning” reform are over, and the cure to the corruption in our political system lies in more deep, systemic change: like Clean Elections. North Carolina, shaken by Former House Speaker Jim Black's guilty plea on corruption charges, has led the way with public financing of judicial campaigns, and will soon consider Clean Elections for Council of State Races.

 

Letter from Maryland

Here's another great example of a letter to the editor in support of Clean Elections -- this one appears in the Business Gazette in support of the public financing bills being considered by the Maryland legislature. Writing to your local paper is a great way to get the word out about Clean Elections and we have a tool that makes it easier than ever! Take a few minutes to write one yourself!

 

Work for What Works

You may be familiar with the work of Jim Hightower, a writer, commentator and co-editor of The Hightower Lowdown. Hightower is a longtime proponent of Clean Elections, and in this article featured on AlterNet he paints a vivid contrast between the pay-to-play political culture of Washington, DC and the voter-driven politics of empowerment working in cities and states with Clean Elections.

 

A Smart Buy

Calling Clean Elections a "bargain," the Washington Post writes in support of full public financing for Maryland elections, a proposal with support from Maryland's Governor and House of Representatives and which is being debated by the Senate.

 

Will Maryland Be Next Clean Elections State?

As supporters head to Maryland's State Capitol today to lobby their legislators to pass Clean Elections in Maryland, Sean Dobson, the acting director of Progressive Maryland, writes in The Gazette about the opportunities Clean Elections will provide Maryland, and the importance of the state Senate joining the House and Governor Martin O'Malley in support of Clean Elections.

Mail Call

Nashville resident and Clean Elections supporter Richard Romfh writes this great letter to editor in The Tennessean in support of full public financing for elections. Letters to the editor are great tools to get the word out about Clean Elections, and we have a handy new tool to help you compose your own here. If you write a letter, and it gets published, be sure and let me know so I can feature it in this space.