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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:

Mike Simpson Rewards Big Campaign Donors

Washington, D.C.—Campaign finance watchdog Public Campaign Action Fund blasted Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) for leading his subcommittee’s efforts to provide hand outs to big money donors as part of the appropriations process. Simpson is chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, which this afternoon passed an appropriations bill that would 1) restrict funding to protect public health and the environment, 2) expand offshore drilling, and 3) weaken rules on greenhouse gas emissions and pollution standards.

Watchdog Group Slams Koch Brothers Funded TV Ad in Wisconsin

Washington, D.C.— Public Campaign Action Fund responded to a new television ad by the corporate front group Americans for Prosperity today, lambasting it as out of touch with the values of Wisconsin workers.

Statement from David Donnelly, national campaigns director for Public Campaign Action Fund:


U.S. Chamber of Commerce and state and local affiliates spent heavily through front groups in 2010 Wisconsin elections

Washington, D.C. – In response to the state budget fight unfolding in Wisconsin, Public Campaign Action Fund, a national nonpartisan campaign finance watchdog, harshly criticized Governor Scott Walker for pursuing political payback against his opponents that benefit the corporate special interests. The same interests pumped millions into his election last year. 

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:

House Freshmen Take Oath with Right Hand—Grab Campaign Cash with the Left

New Majority Shows Signs of Business-as-Usual in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C.—Incoming Rep. Jeff Denham’s (R-Calif.) decision to hold a $2500-a-plate fundraiser at the posh W Hotel with singer LeAnn Rimes is completely tone deaf and a perfect example of why nothing is ever going to change in Washington, D.C. until we change the way campaigns are financed.