The Chronicles of Money, Politics, and Just the Guy We've Been Longing to Hear From on Income Inequality

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Here's a recap of Public Campaign and Public Campaign Action Fund's (PCAF) work from October 24 through October 28, 2011.

  • What's next Mr. Cantor, a speech on reaching across party lines? House Majority Leader, and expert on taking campaign cash from the 1%, Eric Cantor (R-Va) will finally give his speech on income inequality today in the Chicago area—a week after he canceled one in Philadelphia because Occupy Wall Street protestors planned to attend. PCAF ponders whether Cantor's billionaire donors will get an invite, and how in the world this guy has the nerve to give this speech.
  • Keystone capitulation? Public Campaign Action Fund, along with Common Cause, Public Citizen, and US PIRG issued a press release yesterday on the Obama campaign's hiring of a former lobbyist for the Keystone XL pipeline while the administration is finalizing its decision on the pipeline project.
  • Back to the drawing board for Arizona Clean Elections opponents. On Wednesday the Maricopa County Superior Court ruled that the legislative referendum asking Arizona voters to decide whether to abolish Arizona's public campaign finance systems can't go on the state's 2012 ballot. This is great news, but this battle is far from over.
  • Arizona pol goes postal after political mailer sent to his district. PCAF targeted Arizona state Senate President Russell Pearce (R), who is at the forefront of the ongoing Fiesta Bowl scandal and facing a recall election, with a mailer attacking him for accepting trips and contributions from an organization accused of illegal behavior. Defeating Pearce, who spearheaded the Clean Elections repeal effort, would deal a serious blow to opponents of the popular law. 
  • You have got to be shootin' me. House Job Creators Caucus Chair, Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Wis.), bolted his own job fair early to go to a $1000 a host skeet shooting fundraiser. I wonder how many unemployed folks at the job fair can afford that.
  • Well, that's one way to draw a sharp contrast with your opponent. Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), who is facing Wall Street nemesis Elizabeth Warren in next year's election, continues his cozy fundraising relationship with big money financial interests.

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