Durbin To Introduce Public Financing Bill

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Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced today on the floor of the Senate that he will be introducing a bill to establish full public financing of elections at the congressional level. The public financing system would be modeled on the successful systems already working in Maine and Arizona, see TPMmuckraker's coverage of the announcement.


Durbin called a public financing bill a logical step in reducing the role of money in politics, following the ethics reform package currently being considered by Congress. This is a courageous position to take, and showcases a broader realization that full public financing is the route to go to "drain the swamp" and clean up Congress.