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PRESS RELEASE: Supreme Court Once Again Sides With Wealthy Special Interests

Public Campaign issued a press release today condemning the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in American Tradition Partnership, Inc. v. Bullock. Earlier this year, the Montana Supreme Court upheld the state’s century-old Corrupt Practices Act that banned direct expenditures in elections for state offices.

The Chronicles of Money, Politics, and a New York State of Mind

Here's a recap of Public Campaign and Public Campaign Action Fund's (PCAF) work from March 26 through April 13, 2012.

The Chronicles of Money, Politics, "Insufficient Influence," Freshman Fundraising in Paradise, and the Plunger of Justice

Here's a recap of Public Campaign and Public Campaign Action Fund's (PCAF) work from March 12 through March 23, 2012.

PRESS RELEASE: NRA Political Spending Highlights Troubling Consequences of Special Interest Influence

Public Campaign Action Fund issued a press release today detailing the political spending by the National Rifle Association (NRA) in Florida, and what role that money may have played in passing controversial legislation in the state that is at the center of the horrible Trayvon Martin story.

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Just Another Day in Special Interest Fundraising Paradise for GOP Freshman

With much of the country (and surely many of their own constituents) suffering in a tough economy, the class of 2010 jets off to Florida to raise big money. CBS News reported this morning on a group 12 Republican freshman House members taking a nice little trip down to paradise to raise campaign cash from special interest lobbyists.

Election 2011: Down Goes Russell Pearce!

Fierce Clean Elections opponent, Arizona Senate President Russell Pearce (R), was handily defeated in his recall election last night. The Huffington Post reported on the news last night. Pearce opponent, Jerry Lewis "won with roughly 54 percent of the vote," state officials announced on Tuesday evening.

Do Something About It, Michele

At last night's Republican presidential debate, Rep. Michele Bachmann went after Rick Perry for taking money from Merck, a pharmaceutical giant, and then issuing an executive order that required Texas schoolgirls to receive vaccinations that Merck produces. While this is certainly troubling, and her noting of the influence of wealthy corporate and special interests is correct, her own record makes it clear that those in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.

DEBT DEAL: "Super Congress" Will Make Influencing-peddling That Much Easier

The "Super Congress" created in the debt ceiling deal to address additional spending cuts or revenues will make it cheaper for Wall Street, tax dodging corporations, and special interest lobbyists to influence the spending cuts and revenue debate in Washington, according to a statement from Public Campaign Action Fund (PCAF).

The Chronicles of Money, Politics, and the Lockout That Didn't End This Week

Here's a round-up of Public Campaign and Public Campaign Action Fund's work for the week of July 25-July 29, 2011.

One Lockout Ends, Another Rages On in Washington, D.C.

Millions of Americans rejoiced yesterday when a fierce negotiation involving billions and billions of dollars resulted in a deal that both sides are content with. No, I’m not talking about the debt ceiling impasse, which continues to threaten the economy, and America’s reputation all over the world.