Congress

Healthy Dose of Reform

Deborah Burger, President of the California Nurses Association, knows as well as anyone the effects our current campaign finance system has on health care policy: while HMOs write checks up and down Capitol Hill, we watch insurance premiums spike and affordable health care move further and further out of the grasp of ordinary people. That's why she's excited by what the Fair Elections Now Act could mean for comprehensive healthcare reform.

 

Restoring the Temple

Likening the Fair Elections Now Act to a campaign finance revolution, the Philadelphia Daily News heralds the work of Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Arlen Specter (R-PA) in introducing a bill that represents a simultaneously far-reaching and practical solution to the money in politics woes of Congress.

 

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Fair Elections Act on NPR

National Public Radio's Peter Overby covered yesterday's Fair Elections Now Act announcement. The clip has quotes from both Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA). You can download and listen to the clip below.

Fair Elections Now Act Text Available

The text of public financing bills introduced yesterday in the Senate and the House will be available online in the next few days if you'd like to read them for yourself. The Fair Elections Now Act (Senate) is here and the Clean Money Clean Elections Act (House) will be here.

Evidence Mounts That Firings Were Political

The uproar over the firing of eight U.S. Attorneys shows no signs of quieting down, with a House Judiciary Subcommittee now authorizing subpoenas to Bush aides (among them Karl Rove). As evidence mounts that these eight US Attorneys were fired to quell corruption investigations into Republican officials, and tilt the tables in favor of GOP election chances, Simon Rosenberg gives a compelling argument about why these eight were chosen.

 

More Coverage on Bill's Introduction

Homestate newspapers of both Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) covered their introduction of the Fair Elections Now Act yesterday.

A Shift

Ari Berman at The Nation writes on the introduction of the Fair Elections Now Act today by Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Arlen Specter (R-PA). Berman notes the prominence of the two sponsoring Senators and expresses hope that "the conversation is shifting, from how corrupt Washington is to how to clean it up."

 

 

Pattern of Firings for Corruption Investigators?

The story of the eight US Attorneys who were involved in public corruption investigations centered on elected officials and subsequently fired has ensnared Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez and New Mexico Reps. Pete Domenici and Heather Wilson -- now, as details resurface about the 2002 firing of a US Attorney investigating lobbyist Jack Abramoff, the trail leads to the office of Karl Rove.

 

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.

Big Money Mitch

The commercial banking and credit card industry has no better friend in Congress than Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY). They've given him $535,000 in campaign contributions, and he's given them legislation that boosts their profit margins and makes life harder for Americans struggling to get out of debt. So, we're rolling out a campaign to put McConnell on notice, and hope you'll join us: he needs to put the interests of voters ahead of his biggest campaign contributors.