The Campaign Finance Bucks Stop With You, Mr. President

The Campaign Finance Bucks Stop With You, Mr. President

Washington Post columnist Ezra Klein reported this morning about a letter to President Obama that we signed with six other watchdog organizations. Unfortunately, Mr. Klein dismisses campaign finance reform as a “quixotic cause” because the White House will “never get the votes to truly change campaign finance laws,” rendering the President’s inaction, regrettably, as making “perfect sense.”

Except it doesn’t make sense. Our letter specifies what the President can do without going to a hamstrung, gridlocked, filibuster-it-all, do-nothing Congress.

To cut to the chase, the President pledged to make getting control of money in politics a priority in his Administration. But although he famously called out the five conservative justices for their appalling decision in Citizens United and imposed some restrictions on executive branch hiring of corporate lobbyists, he has done very little to stem the tide of big money buying up public policy.

Here’s what he alone can do, as we said in our letter to the White House:

At a time of unprecedented spending and rapid shifts in campaign finance law, we sorely need the leadership he pledged on these matters. The buck stops with you, Mr. President.

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