The Chronicles of Money, Politics, and the Anniversary Only Big Money Could Love

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Here's a recap of Public Campaign and Public Campaign Action Fund's (PCAF) work from January 2 through January 20, 2011.

  • Nothing happy about this anniversary. Here's PCAF's editorial memo on the second anniversary of the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling. From the memo: "It’s time to revisit the Court's Citizens United decision, look at an amendment the Constitution to say that corporations are not people and money is not speech, and pass common sense, reasonable reforms to put everyday people back in charge." And here's new polling that shows people want a strong response to Citizens United.
  • “SOPA cosponsors took nearly $2 million in campaign donations from big media. The First Amendment belongs to all of us, not deep-pocket interests.” Public Campaign and PCAF joined the SOPA blackout protest on Thursday.
  • Nice work, Gov.! National labor groups praised New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's strong support for bringing publicly financed elections to the state. Here's some other media coverage of Cuomo's call for public financing.
  • Nice accomodations. PCAF blogged on the all-too-cozy relationship Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has with a hotel chain. President Obama also has a close friend in the industry.
  • Expose yourself, Colbert! PCAF issued this press release in response to news that Stephen Colbert has relinquished control of his super PAC, Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow, to Jon Stewart, and has set up an exploratory committee to run for President of the United States of South Carolina, a watchdog group has sought legal assistance to explore creating an exploratory super PAC of its own to oppose Stephen Colbert’s exploratory committee.
  • "Kiss me, I'm Yiddish." Members of Congress use interesting gimmicks to fill up the ol' campaign coffers.
  • Striking back against the "Empire." The American Prospect has a special report on money in politics in its January/February issue. It includes an opinion piece from Public Campaign president Nick Nyhart and our board member Ilyse Hogue. Here's a taste: "Election Day 2012 looks like it is going to be Groundhog Day 2012. Another election dominated by money. Another series of promises made on the campaign trail, broken as soon as donors and lobbyists come calling when legislatures convene."