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Old 02-17-2010, 05:45 PM
 
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This is one of the biggest push for public campaign finance reform yet.

Big Donors Call for Stricter Campaign Laws

With record breaking money spent each year by special interests, this letter (http://fairelectionsnow.org/files/pelosi_donor_letter.pdf - broken link) could not come at a better time to protect the public interest.

 
Old 03-03-2010, 05:21 PM
 
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E-Bayh going out with a bang.
 
Old 03-07-2010, 11:14 PM
 
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An Obamite in pushing for public campaign finance reform.

Lets hope this doesn't get watered down and the Big Guy gets at least this reform done.
 
Old 03-08-2010, 06:11 AM
 
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While I'm a big fan of public funding of campaigns, I can't help but wonder WHY those big contributors, who have so much to lose by public financing, would be pushing for it.

What's their angle? There must be one.
 
Old 05-04-2010, 01:57 PM
 
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While I'm a big fan of public funding of campaigns, I can't help but wonder WHY those big contributors, who have so much to lose by public financing, would be pushing for it.

What's their angle? There must be one.
It might be that some people want to protect the democracy that allowed them to become successful in the 1st place.

"It is time to sweep the stench of money from our poisoned government in Washington. Time for public financing. Time for lobbyist reform. Time to bring back the public option. Time to tax the Wall Street bonuses. Time to move more boldly to break up the banks. Time to disclose how bailout money was spent. Time to fight for jobs. Time to fight for new energy so that the solar panels and wind farms are not manned by those who speak Chinese.

Yes, Mr. President, and yes, Rahm, it is time to recognize that the left is right, and the right is wrong, about offshore drilling.

Progressivism stands in crisis. The presidency that began with so much promise stands on the brink of a gigantic and historic electoral disaster in November. Those of us who fought for real and powerful change did not fight to enable Democrats with the most greed to grab for the most bucks, in a corrupted system that creates outrage throughout the Republic and disgust towards both political parties."
 
Old 05-04-2010, 02:00 PM
 
Location: The ends DO NOT justify the means!!!
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You will never be able to get rid of special interest money without getting rid of the ability of "lawmakers" to write special interest "laws".
 
Old 05-04-2010, 02:25 PM
 
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You will never be able to get rid of special interest money without getting rid of the ability of "lawmakers" to write special interest "laws".
Just like a bunch of upstart colonies would never be able to beat the mightiest empire on the planet

OR

the historical legacy of the US would never allow for the existence of an afro-presidency?
 
Old 05-06-2010, 01:01 PM
 
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Another reason why we need public campaign finance reform.

"Congressional oversight isn't limited to holding the executive branch accountable, of course; some of its greatest accomplishments include investigations into corporate malfeasance, such as in the pharmaceutical, tobacco and auto industries.

And yet that kind of oversight, too, seems largely of the past.

The ever-accelerating race for money is certainly a factor, Brian says. "Conducting serious oversight rarely makes you friends with people with deep pockets. In the past that had meant only the truly ‘fire in the belly' Members of Congress got on the oversight committees and subcommittees."

Those Members knew it would neither help them with fundraising nor with pork -- and they didn't care.

"But now, with the extraordinary fundraising pressures, there is little benefit to commit the time it takes to do oversight," Brian says. "And why hold a potential contributor publicly accountable when you want or need their dough?"
 
Old 05-07-2010, 04:30 AM
 
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You will never be able to get rid of special interest money without getting rid of the ability of "lawmakers" to write special interest "laws".
Where else to start but at the source of the fire? Corruption is easier to weed out when the money is out of their hands. As things stand now there are so many loop holes and quid pro quo shennanigans even they can't keep it straight.
 
Old 05-07-2010, 06:10 AM
 
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Careful what you ask for..... Note that "Big Donors" are asking for this so that should send up red flags. This is a double edged sword, the last campaign finance reform package actually squeezed out a lot of the little guys, they piled on so many regulations it became very easy for small political groups and candidates to run afoul of the law that can't hire 6 gazillion attorneys to interpret the law for them. I know locally there is an abundance of successful challenges because the candidate didn't dot all the I's and cross the T's. Politicians with more resources will use the huge amount of regulations to remove the competition.


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