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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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ALEC Hits Kansas City, And We’re Hitting ALEC

Hundreds of state legislators and corporate executives, all members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), will be in Kansas City, MO tomorrow and Friday for their annual Spring Task Force Meeting. They’ll say it’s just a gathering to exchange ideas on improving state and local government. In fact, the event is an opportunity for […]

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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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We deserve more than “odd ducks”

The sad truth is that most members of the political class consider their duty to represent the people less important than their career ambitions – and we the people suffer in the bargain.

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ALEC Taking Cover from Federal, State Tax Laws

The Guardian’s deep dive this week into a trove of American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) records shows the organization’s understanding that its operations may violate charitable tax laws.  How do we know?  Because ALEC is creating a separate, sister organization – “The Jeffersonian Project” – organized under laws that permit it to engage in unlimited […]

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