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Ari Berman at The Nation, who writes frequently about money in politics issues and Clean Elections, covers the Senate Rules Committee hearing on the Fair Elections Now Act yesterday.

Berman isn't much impressed with the arguments presented against public financing, dismissing many as misunderstandings of the bills contents or efforts at incumbent protection. He assesses the bill's chances down the road:


Feinstein eventually apologized for her digression on signatures and seemed generally supportive of the bill. Proponents of the bill hope that she'll be one of my converts on the road to reform. For Durbin and Specter, the task ahead is to persuade their colleagues that it's wealthy private sector donors, not reformers and bloggers, who are corrupting Washington and perverting Congress and political campaigns.