Money Over People

In this update: 1. Legislators get two-thirds of money from outsiders 2. Helping those who don’t need any help Money Over People

Email date: 6/16/10

In this update:
1. Legislators get two-thirds of money from outsiders
2. Helping those who don’t need any help

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Legislators get two-thirds of money from outsiders
It's hard not to notice how lawmakers regularly put the demands of wealthy interests ahead of the needs of the general public, and a great many people have gnawing doubts about whether their elected representatives are actually representing them. A report issued this morning by the Democracy Campaign provides insight into why people are feeling this way.

Wisconsin legislators get roughly $2 of every $3 they raise for their election campaigns from people who cannot vote for them because they live outside their districts.

For audio commentary on the findings, go here.

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Helping those who don’t need any help
Well-to-do outsiders already are doing most of the talking in elections, but that didn't stop the U.S. Supreme Court and the Federal Election Commission from offering them a helping hand this past week. The nation’s highest court stepped into an ongoing election in Arizona and blocked the state from distributing public matching funds to candidates who forego big-money private fundraising. To read some editorial reaction to this, go here and here.

Meanwhile, the FEC is treating the corporate advocacy group Citizens United as a media organization and gave the Republican Party surrogate a “press exemption” from federal disclosure requirements. For more on that, go here and here.