Pelosi Stays Leader, Cites Money In Politics

In a press conference yesterday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi announced that she’d seek another term leading House Democrats, citing her desire to help the President implement his agenda and to continue her advocacy for women’s rights.

Pelosi also called attention to the growing problem of money in politics, and affirmed her commitment to putting government back in the hands of the people. She also noted that even if big money couldn’t swing high-profile races, it still poses serious problems worth addressing:

But what I talked about here, about changing the role of money in politics is really a very important motivator for me to stay in the Leader’s Office.  I think it must be done.  When they say that, oh and I’ve read in the course of this week – money didn’t make any difference in the campaign, they all wasted their money.  Well, that really wasn’t true.

The President of the United States, the most well-known, famous, respected, person on the planet, had to spend about a billion dollars to set the record straight from what that other big money was putting out there.  Senate races, House races – Tammy Duckworth had $7 million dollars spent against her.  But I just meant of the outside money, seven million outside money.

This is a congressional race.  This is not right.  Our founders had in mind a government of the many, not the government of the money.  You’ve heard me say that over and over again.  So that was a motivating factor to me.

Common Cause applauds Rep. Pelosi’s dedication to reform, and hopes that she’ll back up her commitment with concrete action once the 113th Congress convenes. You can read the full transcript of her remarks here.

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