President Obama's decision to convert his campaign fund into a lobbying organization disappoints and only invites special interests to buy their way into further favor with his administration, Common Cause said today.
"It's a sad day. The president is waving goodbye to those long-ago promises that he would change the way Washington works," said Common Cause President Bob Edgar.
Particularly distressing are reports that Organizing for Action will accept corporate contributions. While the promised disclosure of corporate and union gifts may reduce the potential for corruption, the public interest would better served if the fund accepted only small donations from individuals.
Common Cause is a nonpartisan grassroots organization dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy. We work to create open, honest, and accountable government that serves the public interest; promote equal rights, opportunity, and representation for all; and empower all people to make their voices heard in the political process.
Office: Common Cause National
Issues: Money in Politics
Tags: Fighting Big Money