Draining the Swamp

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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.


Incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and others have indicated that her "100 hours" agenda in January will include certain new restrictions on the relationships between lobbyists and lawmakers, but as the article says "the real items of value they request and receive from special interests are the campaign contributions that give incumbents an almost insurmountable advantage against challengers."