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Hitting the Hill for Public Financing

An amazing group of Common Cause volunteers, the DC Connection, went to Capitol Hill today to continue the proud tradition of the ‘Citizens’ Lobby;’ I was lucky enough to go along. We met with staffers for Reps. Bruce Braley (IA-1), John Sarbanes (MD-3), and Jared Huffman (CA-2) to discuss the Government By the People Act […]

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“New Nullification” Report Highlights Senate’s Dysfunction

Remember last fall, when Democratic leaders in the Senate forced through a rules change that lets 51 senators – a simple majority – break filibusters of presidential nominees for most federal judgeships and executive branch jobs? The hotly-contested reform was supposed to break the Senate’s partisan gridlock and let the self-proclaimed “world’s greatest deliberative body” […]

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Lawmakers react to McCutcheon ruling

Capitol Hill is reacting, loudly, to today’s Supreme Court decision in McCutcheon v. FEC. Here’s a sampling Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-WI: http://www.baldwin.senate.gov/blog/baldwins-statement-on-supreme-court-decision-in-mccutcheon-v-federal-election-commission Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-CT: http://www.blumenthal.senate.gov/newsroom/press/release/blumenthal-statement-on-scotus-decision-in-mccutcheon-v-fec Sen. Chris Coons, D-DE: http://www.coons.senate.gov/newsroom/releases/release/statement-of-senator-coons-on-supreme-court-decision-on-limits-on-political-donations Sen. Angus King, I-ME: http://www.king.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/in-response-to-mccutcheon-king-introduces-legislation-to-improve-transparency-of-campaign-donations Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-VT: http://www.leahy.senate.gov/press/comment-of-senator-patrick-leahy-d-vt-chairman-senate-judiciary-committee-on-the-supreme-courts-decision-in-mccutcheon-v-fec Sen. John McCain, R-AZ: http://www.mccain.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=81861515-8059-4bec-b717-b7a79b2a3b22 Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-KY: http://www.mcconnell.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=PressReleases&ContentRecord_id=57f6000c-f6a3-44e1-af0c-e900b087d0a4 Sen. Bernie Sanders, […]

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Ethics panel probing congressman’s continuing ties to former aide

Watchdogs in the House Ethics Committee are sniffing something funny in the office of Illinois Rep. Luis Gutiérrez. According to reports, Gutiérrez paid his former chief of staff, Doug Scofield, approximately $500,000 – about $4100 per month — in taxpayer funds over 10 years to train staff, review and draft news releases, and help publicize […]

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Scott Brown shouldn’t ditch the ‘People’s Pledge’

(A shortened version of this post was published as a letter to the editor in the Globe on Sunday March 30, click here.) In his column in the Sunday Globe, Tom Keane is quick to criticize the People’s Pledge (Scott Brown should ditch ‘People’s Pledge’, Mar. 23). He’s not so quick to back those criticisms […]

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