Congress

The Chronicles of Money, Politics, and How the GOP House Will Stop at Nothing to Further Empower Special Interests

Here's a recap of Public Campaign and Public Campaign Action Fund's (PCAF) work from November 21 through December 2, 2011.

"Awash in Money"

Yesterday, Democratic Caucus Chair, Rep. John Larson, announced that House Democrats would push for several campaign finance proposals in the month of December.

"We continue to believe that this whole system is awash [in] money and needs reform," Larson told reporters in the Capitol. "The public is increasingly wising up to that. I think you're going to see several proposals emanating from our committees and from Democratic leaders in our caucus."

Gregg Harper Should Work to Improve--Not Eliminate--Presidential Public Financing

“you know, if it wasn't for special-interest groups coming to see us, we wouldn't have anything to do.”

That's a quote from Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) at the 2009 hearing on the Fair Elections Now Act, a bill that would bring a small-dollar matching system to Congress. Now Rep. Harper is leading an effort to eliminate the presidential public financing system.

Anti-Corruption Watchdog Blasts Lobbying Firm for Planned Attack on Occupy Wall Street

When news broke on Saturday morning of a leaked memo from a top Washington, D.C. lobbying firm spelling out a plan to undermine the Occupy Wall Street movement, Public Campaign Action Fund issued this press release.

Perks From Delta? Answer the Question, Congress

Public Campaign Action Fund sent letters to 20 members of Congress yesterday requesting full disclosure of any benefits they’ve received from Delta Air Lines as Congress considers the long-term Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization legislation. Delta has been the only airline lobbying on the anti-union National Mediation Board Provision and has been pouring campaign contributions into members’ campaign coffers.

With His Latest Probe, Who Is Rep. Darrell Issa Really Looking Out For?

House Oversight Committee Chairman, Rep. Darell Issa (R-Calif.), "is pushing for a federal probe of a New York City community organization based on a Fox News report that accused the organization of improperly aiding the Occupy Wall Street movement and linked the group to the now defunct ACORN," according to a story yesterday in the Huffington Post.

Abramoff on 60 Minutes

"Giving a gift to somebody who makes a decision on behalf of the public. At the end of the day, that's what bribery is."

That was corrupt former Washington, D.C. lobbyist, and recent jailbird, Jack Abramoff, in his interview last night on 60 Minutes. He of all people would know, so let's just get it straight from the horse's mouth.

The Chronicles of Money, Politics, and the Pay-to-play D.C. Culture from the Preeminent Expert in the Field

A recap of Public Campaign and Public Campaign Action Fund's (PCAF) work from October 31 through November 4, 2011.

"…the system hasn’t been cleaned up at all" -Jack Abramoff

These quotes from Abramoff that will air on 60 Minutes, obtained by Politico, speak for themselves.

Rep. Kristi Noem the Latest to Invite Hearing Witnesses Who Also Happen to be Campaign Donors

Need a sure-fire way to get some positive testimony at a congressional hearing? Just invite the people who butter your bread. The Aberdeen News picked up an Associated Press story on how twice in the last four months Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D) has held congressional hearings that were littered with witnesses that are contributors to her campaign war chest.