Illinois

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.

If it wasn't nailed down, it was for sale

On Sunday, the Chicago Tribune ran an article with the subhead, "Blagojevich's arrest may be the final straw that shatters Illinois' political culture of 'pay to play'."

But the solutions listed in the article don't go far enough. While campaign contribution limits might be a start, that doesn't get to the root of the problem. Under our current privately financed system, campaign cash has become the currency of our democracy.

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.

 

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.

Election Aftermath

Even as votes are still being counted in close races around the country, speculation on reforms to counter the high-cost, special-interest dominated election process is being offered up. Writers at both the Chicago Sun-Times and the Winston-Salem Journal cite the Voters First Pledge, its principles and signers, as showing the way forward.