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
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.
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.
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.