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NYT: Public Financing Required to Fight Corruption

The New York Times is out with an editorial today on what reform in Albany must look like in the wake of yet another wave or corruption in New York politics. It's simple: changing Albany and fighting corruption requires public financing of elections.

Romney super PAC donor once fined for laundering campaign contributions

Eighty-four percent of donors to the Romney-aligned Restore Our Future super PAC have also given the maximum amount allowable to Romney’s campaign committee, essentially evading contribution limits to candidates.

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.

Most Corrupt Members of Congress

The Center for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has released their seventh annual Most Corrupt report, highlighting the most corrupt members of Congress. This year's report names "19 members of Congress – 14 members whose actions violated the law or who otherwise engaged in serious misconduct, and five others whose lack of regard for the rules earned them a dishonorable mention."

The Chronicles of Money, Politics, and the Roberts Court 5's Love Affair with Corporations and Big Money Interests

Here's a round-up of Public Campaign and Public Campaign Action Fund's work for the week of June 27-July 1, 2011.

BLAGOJEVICH VERDICT: Somewhere An Oversized Comb Shed a Silent Tear

Yesterday, former Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D-Ill.) was convicted on 17 of 20 counts of corruption, ending a long and sordid affair that featured bizarre behavior, bouts of reality television, and, of course, that famous mane of hair. Public Campaign Action Fund issued this response to the guilty verdicts.

New York State Legislature Rocked By Yet Another Corruption Scandal

The New York Times reports today on yet another corruption scandal in the New York state legislature. Brooklyn Sen. Carl Kruger (D), along with state Assemblyman William F. Boyland Jr. (D), and Richard Lipsky, an influential lobbyist, are expected to turn themsleves in on corruption charges today.

PRESS RELEASE: Rep. Mike Rogers Delivers for Campaign Contributor UPS

The Public Campaign Action Fund issued a press release this afternoon on a story in USA Today that highlights the role Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) played in securing an earmark for mail carrier, UPS, a major campaign contributor.


Supreme Bribery

It's a day that ends in Y this week, so someone must be getting indicted.

The Justice Department has charged former New York Supreme Court Justice Thomas Spargo with attempted extortion and federal program bribery.

Blagojevich arrested

Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich (D) was arrested on federal charges today. U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald calls the charges of pay-to-play politics "staggering."

There are lots of things in this indictment. He allegedly try to sell a Senate seat and also kept a favored list of contractors he'd dole out money to if they gave money to him.