Sen. Dick Durbin

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VIDEO: Sen. Durbin Speaks on Increasing Fairness and Transparency

Last week, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) spoke at a hearing of the Senate Rules Committee to discuss efforts in Congress to increase transparency in election spending and limit the influence of special interests lobbyists and corporations.

At 1:38, he explains that although he supports the DISCLOSE Act, he argues that in order to get to the heart of the problem that Congress needs to pass the Fair Elections Now Act:

Fair Elections Now Act Hearing in Senate Subcommittee

This morning the Fair Elections Now Act (S. 750, H.R. 1404) was heard before the Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights. With lead Senate bill sponsor and subcommittee chairman, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) presiding, the hearing, entitled: “The Fair Elections Now Act: A Comprehensive Response to Citizens United," included a lively discussion with panelists, former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.) and Monica Youn of the Brennan Center for Justice arguing in favor of the bill, and Cleta Mitchell, Partner, Foley and Larner, arguing against.

Round-up of the Media Coverage of Yesterday's Fair Elections Bill Introduction

Yesterday, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), along with Reps. John Larson (D-Conn.) and Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) introduced the Fair Elections Now Act into the 112th Congress. They were joined at the press conference by Alec Baldwin, who supports the legislation. The bill introduction was covered in multiple media outlets.

Here's a rundown of the initial coverage: covered the press conference, quoting Baldwin:

A Catalyst For Fair Elections?

The National Journal's blog "Under the Influence" has a posting today with Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) discussing the impending U.S. Supreme Court decision on Citizens United vs. FEC and why it could be the impetus for Fair Elections campaign reform.


Durbin: LBJ Couldn't Pass Medicare Today

Speaking about the Fair Elections Now Act at a forum at the Center for American Progress, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) commented that President Lyndon Johnson wouldn't have been able to pass Medicare today with the influence of campaign cash.

To watch the video footage, click here.