One Hit, One Miss for Reform

In this update: 1. Fair Elections Now Act gets committee OK; disclosure bill falls one vote short 2. The third stage of ownership 3. Bet-hedging report in the news One Hit, One Miss for Reform

Email date: 9/24/10

In this update:
1. Fair Elections Now Act gets committee OK; disclosure bill falls one vote short
2. The third stage of ownership
3. Bet-hedging report in the news

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Federal campaign reform gets committee OK; disclosure falls 1 vote short
Yesterday was an eventful day for campaign finance reform on Capitol Hill, both good and bad. A House committee approved the Fair Elections Now Act that would fundamentally change how elections for Congress are paid for. The legislation now can move to the House floor for a vote. To take action to urge Congress to act before adjourning for the year, go here.

Meanwhile, Democrats in the Senate fell one vote short of breaking a Republican filibuster and thus failed for the second time to pass the DISCLOSE Act requiring corporations, unions and other interest groups to reveal more about their political spending.

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The third stage of ownership
In our latest Big Money Blog, the Democracy Campaign’s director expands on a theme he spoke about at a community forum this week in Mount Horeb.

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Bet-hedging report in the news
The report we issued this week about hundreds of wealthy donors who are giving to both major-party candidates for governor was the subject of a story aired by Wisconsin Radio Network. At the end of the online story is a link to audio of the entire 10-minute interview with WDC’s director. Our findings also were reported by statewide news wires as well as the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.