Congress

Bipartisan Commission Releases Recommendations for Money in Politics Reform

Report CoverFrom redistricting reform to a five-day work week for Congress, a new report from the Bipartisan Policy Center Commission on Political Reform, chaired by a handful of former Democratic and Republican

Republican Walter Jones Supports the Government By the People Act

Congressman Walter Jones (R-N.C.) is an original cosponsor of the Government By the People Act. This week he was praised by Democracy North Carolina for his support of the legislation.

BIG NEWS: Government By the People Act Introduced

Today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) will be joined by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and over 100 House members as original co-sponsors of the Government By the People Act (H.R. 20), a bill to lift up the voices of everyday people in the political process through empowering and encouraging small dollar donors.

The Government By the People Act would allow candidates to run for office by relying on a large number of small donations from people back home—instead of big donations from lobbyists or Wall Street bankers.

Here’s how it would work:

NEW BATTLEGROUND POLL: Money-in-Politics One Issue That Transcends Partisan Divide

New polling released yesterday by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner (for Democracy Corps) and Public Campaign Action Fund shows that concern over the influence of money-in-politics is one of the few areas with the power to breakthrough the otherwise divisive national conversation in top battleground districts.

Rep. Alexander: Fundraising goes on "24 hours a day"

Louisiana Republican Rep. Rodney Alexander announced on Tuesday that he will not seek re-election, citing fundraising as one reason for his decision.

In an interview with the Norman News Star, Alexander said that fundraising is “the main business and it’s 24 hours a day. It’s not fair. It’s not fair for the member, it’s not fair for the constituentcy to have to be approached every day or two or every week or two.”

What Congressional Call Time Is Really Like

Members of Congress often complain about how much time they have to spend raising money--hours everyday on the phone with wealthy people asking for big checks. Today, the New Yorker's Ryan Lizza happened upon a first-term House Democrat doing his "call time." The tweets are below. 

March Madne$$

When the end of March rolls around it seems that everyone is focused on one thing - the NCAA's March Madness basketball tournament. Members of Congress are no exception - though many are using the event to rake in campaign cash.

Fair Elections, Other Small Donor-based Legislation Introduced in 113th Congress

Democratic Congressmen John Yarmuth (Ky.), John Sarbanes (Md.), and David Price (N.C.) each introduced public financing legislation last night. Congressman John Larson, chair of the Caucus' DARE Task Force on campaign finance and electoral reform issues, will work with the members to develop a bill that combines the best parts of all three. Rep. Yarmuth is taking over for Rep. Larson on the Fair Elections Now Act (HR 269), legislation Public Campaign has endorsed since its House introduction in 2009.

Welcome to Congress...Now Raise Money!

Dear Class of 2012,

Congratulations on your election to Congress, freshman class of 2012! Now it's time to get to work. Policy meetings? Haha, no. Constituent outreach? Not so fast. Find your way around the Capitol grounds? Don't be silly, there's only one place you need to know how to get to: your fundraising call center.

NEW REPORT: Un-Shared Sacrifice: How ‘Fix the Debt’ Companies Buy Washington Influence & Rig the Game

Public Campaign released a new report: "Un-Shared Sacrifice: How ‘Fix the Debt’ Companies Buy Washington Influence & Rig the Game" yesterday, which details how a coalition of 95 companies, including some of the country’s largest corporations, are urging Congress to “Fix the Debt,” through a plan that mostly hurts middle class families while preserving tax breaks and windfalls for big corporations.

From the executive summary: