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What Are They Buying, Rep. Cantor?

Public Campaign Action fund and Common Cause issued a press release today in response to House Minority Whip Eric Cantor's (R-Va.) quote in the Wall Street Journal asking if Wall Street had "buyers remorse" for giving campaign cash to Democrats.


Public Campaign Action Fund Launches New Campaign To Expose "Insurance Puppets" in Congress

Public Campaign Action Fund has launched a new campaign to expose the "insurance puppets" in Congress, naming Sen. Mitch McConnell (R) the first "puppet," followed by Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.).


Be sure to follow the site each day to see who else is doing the bidding of the insurance industry in the battle over health care reform.


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Part Two of Report on Big Insurance Industry Spending in Health Care Fight

Public Campaign Action Fund issued part two of its report on efforts by the insurance industry to kill health care reform with huge amounts of campaign giving and lobbying expenditures.


Key Health Care Player Big Recipient of Industry Campaign Cash

The Billings Gazette reports that Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), who as chair of the Senate Finance Committee is a key legislator in the current health care reform debate, has received huge amounts of campaign money from the health care and insurance industries.


Senators Who Oppose Public Health Care Option Received Millions in Campaign Contributions

The Public Campaign Action Fund issued a press release on Monday showing that the nine Senators who sent a letter to Pres. Obama opposing a public option for health care have received over $17 million in campaign contributions from the health care and insurance industries.


Nick Nyhart in The Worcester Telegram and Gazette News

The Worcester Telegram and Gazette News quotes Public Campaign Action Fund Executive Director Nick Nyhart on the relationship between candidates and special interest donors.

It Ain't Easy Taking Green

Public Campaign Action Fund's project, Campaign Money Watch, has been doing extensive research into Senator John McCain's (R) recent reversal on the offshore oil drilling ban, and what a flood of contributions from the oil industry may have had to do with it.

Drawing a Distinction

Public Campaign Action Fund's David Donnelly has a letter in today's Washington Post explaining the distinction we've been talking about when it comes to how Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) measure up on the issue of public financing of elections: Obama has pledged support for public financing of federal elections, McCain has not.

Pingree Signs

Two years ago as President of Common Cause Chellie Pingree was asking candidates to sign the Voters First Pledge and commit to supporting full public financing of congressional campaigns. Now, as a candidate for Congress from Maine, where Clean Elections was passed in 1996, Pingree is signing on to Public Campaign Action Fund's 2008 Voters First Pledge. We look forward to seeing many more candidates take this pledge.



Where They Stand

Trying to get a handle on where the leading presidential candidates stand on campaign finance, full public financing of elections, and the presidential public financing system? We just put together this memo for journalists and editorial board writers that helps to sort out the candidates' positions, and what we're asking them to commit to doing once in office.