fair elections

Front Page Fair Elections Story in New York Times!

The New York Times has a front page story today on the effort to bring Fair Elections to New York State legislative races. The story focuses on "an unusual and well-heeled coalition, trying to tap public anger over the flood of money into politics, (who are) pushing to enact a public financing system for elections in New York State."

The Chronicles of Money, Politics, and Election 2012: The Year of the Billionaire?

Here's a recap of Public Campaign and Public Campaign Action Fund's (PCAF) work from January 20 through March 9, 2012.

John Sarbanes: Fighting back against super PACs

Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) went on Up with Chris Hayes Sunday morning to talk about his plan for empowering small donors, modeled after the Fair Elections Now Act in Congress. As National Journal reported, "Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Md., says that super PACs could influence Congressional races in the same way they have the presidential race—and he may have a way for candidates to fight back."

Check out the video below that also features Public Campaign Action Fund board member Zephyr Teachout.

The Nation--Curbing Big Money

Public Campaign President and CEO Nick Nyhart joined with David Donnelly, national campaigns director for Public Campaign Action Fund, in writing the following the piece that will appear in the April 25th edition of The Nation magazine. The full article is available on their website (if you're a subscriber), or you can read it below.

 

The Founding Fathers Do Ohio

100_1032The Founding Fathers invaded Ohio's 8th Congressional district on Sunday and Monday to search for Rep. John Boehner. See our full report.

Voters demand response to Citizens United

While most of Washington is still digging out of this weekend's blizzard, Public Campaign Action Fund joined with Common Cause and Change Congress to release new polling today on the impact of the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision and the Fair Elections Now Act.

 

The results aren't surprising - voters are disillusioned by Washington and think that special interests have too much influence on the policy making process.

 

Here are some key points:

 

Yes, another post on Blagojevich

This Blagojevich scandal is a big deal. This isn't just a story about personal corruption, but a story about political corruption and campaign finance. Nick Nyhart, president and CEO at Public Campaign has a new post up at Huffington Post about the scandal.

 

Nick lists a few of the allegations--selling a Senate seat for campaign cash, awarding contracts based on campaign cash, holding funds for sick kids for campaign cash. Gee, there seems to be a pattern.

 

Will Maine Lead the Way?

On November 4th, Maine voters elected 158 Clean Elections candidates to serve in the next session of the General Assembly. That's 85 percent of lawmakers free from the influence of special interest campaign contributions.

Yesterday in Maine, Public Campaign Action Fund member Dorothy Many asked in a letter to the editor whether Maine Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins will show leadership in pushing the Maine Clean Elections model for Congressional races.

 

Make Fair Elections a Priority!

So we now have more support for Fair Elections, or full public financing of elections, in Washington, D.C. than ever before.

In Congress, more than 118 members are on the record in support of public financing. President-Elect Barack Obama has supported the issue for years, all the way back to his days in the Illinois senate.

 

Look at the facts

This morning, the Star Ledger in New Jersey editorialized about the presidential public financing system, saying it’s a ”struggling initiative” and is “buried and left for dead.” While the 1974-version of public financing might be dead, there’s increasing support at the state and federal level to fix the presidential system and enact Clean Elections-style full public financing.