presidential public financing

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House Passes Pro-Special Interest Legislation

Vote to end presidential public financing: “completely tone deaf”

Washington, D.C.—Public Campaign Action Fund released the following statement in response to House passage of pro-special interest legislation to end the presidential public financing system. The legislation passed by a margin of 235 to 190.

Statement from David Donnelly, national campaigns director:

Watchdog: We’re watching presidential public financing vote, will use in 2012 electoral targeting considerations

Washington, D.C.—Public Campaign Action Fund (PCAF) announced today it will consider how House members vote on Rep. Gregg Harper’s (R-Miss.) pro-special interest legislation to eliminate the presidential public financing system in its 2012 targeting decisions. The group’s electoral accountability project, Campaign Money Watch, has spent approximately $10 million in congressional and presidential races.

Statement on McConnell's Introduction of Legislation to Repeal Presidential Financing System

Washington, D.C.--Public Campaign Action Fund released the following statement on the U.S. House passage of legislation to repeal the presidential financing system and Sen. Mitch McConnell’s introduction of companion legislation:

Statement from David Donnelly, national campaigns director:

Watchdog Decries Cost-Cutting Stunt to Put Corporate Donors in Charge

Washington, D.C.—The U.S. House of Representatives will take up a measure today (H.R. 359) that, if passed, will place elections more squarely in the hands of corporate interests by repealing the presidential campaign financing system, according to a leading national watchdog group, Public Campaign Action Fund. Republican lawmakers pushing the repeal claim they are doing so to save money, but a review of earmarks secured by the lawmakers pushing the change suggest they would have saved more by starting with their own legislative pork.