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Working the Phones

I spent last night volunteering at a grassroots phone bank in the offices of Progressive Maryland, the organization that is leading the fight to pass a Clean Money/Clean Elections measure through the Maryland legislature. The callers were dedicated and relentless, working through list upon list of members, mobilizing people in key State Senate districts. The response was terrific!

 

Iowa Joins The Parade

The River City Reader has a good feature article on efforts of Voter Owned Iowa Clean Elections' (VOICE) effort to win a Clean Elections public financing system for the state. Featuring commentary from both Common Cause and Public Campaign, the article cites the high participation rates in both Arizona and Maine where Clean Elections has been working the longest, and acknowledges the uphill battle reformers face to win in Iowa.

 

Public Financing a "true freedom bill"

The Reverend Dennis Sparks writes in the Charleston Gazette urging the West Virginia legislature to pass full public financing for the state's elections. Calling the Public Campaign Financing Act a "true freedom bill," Rev. Sparks cites the success in Arizona and Maine of public finanicng systems producing better accountability to citizens, and urges West Virginia to be a leader on this reform.

 

The Year Ahead

Happy New Year! This new year, with its new Congress brings a fresh opportunity for our representatives in Washington to listen to voters and pass full public financing of elections to make the scandals that marked 2006 a thing of the past. Our President and CEO Nick Nyhart writes in The Patriot News about the challenges ahead, and the growing support for public financing in Congress.

 

Draining the Swamp

Public Campaign's President and CEO, Nick Nyhart along with representatives from US PIRG, Democracy Matters, and Common Cause California talked with the San Francisco Chronicle a few days ago about the possibilty of passing Clean Elections at the federal level. Yesterday the Chronicle published this strong endorsement to "drain the swamp" and clean up Congress by making Clean Elections a part of the Democratic agenda in 2007.

 

Federal Opening

David Sirota, author of Hostile Takeover, writes on TomPaine.com that now is the moment to push for full public financing of federal campaigns. There are encouraging circumstances - and some roadblocks, of course - that could make the legacy of the 2006 elections an end the legalized bribery masquerading as our campaign finance system.

 

Susan Anderson of Public Campaign on the Air...

Our own Susan Anderson is talking on National Public Radio's the Kojo Nnamdi Show even as we type. Susan is discussing the Clean Elections movement, also known as "Clean Elections," that is growing around the country.

You can listen to the Kojo Nnamdi Show on WAMU at 88.5 on your FM dial if you are in Washington, DC. You can also listen to the show via the internet by clicking here (the links to listen via the internet are in the upper left corner, just below the header on the web page).

Say a Few Words

Welcome! We've been working for months to build a better online resource to track money in politics issues and call attention to widespread corruption -and we're glad you're checking it out.

 

Looking around our website, you'll find plenty of reasons why we do the work we do - what about this issue is most important to you? What do you hope we can achieve?

 

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Nobody Wants to Talk About the Elephant in the Room

This week has been a big one for lobby reform, with Congressional Republicans releasing their draft plans for lobbying reform and the Democrats following suit yesterday. Notably absent from all these proposals is any mention of public financing of elections, or, frankly, any mention of campaign finance reform at all. It's as if nobody wants to talk about the proverbial elephant in the room.