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Money & Influence 01.31.2018

A Candidate's Lament

The truth is too often in short supply in our politics, so when a candidate provides it – and with no punches pulled – it’s worth paying attention.

Money & Influence 01.26.2018

DC Citizens On the Verge of Major Campaign Finance Reform

A citizens’ movement has brought the city government in our nation’s capital to the verge of implementing a tested-and-proven-effective way of breaking the power of big money in politics and getting candidates to focus their attention on public, not private interests.

Money & Influence 01.9.2018

DC Council Backs Innovative Campaign Finance Plan

Washington, D.C.’s City Council moved today to join a growing list of local and state governments in shifting power to small dollar donors and away from big money interests.

Money & Influence 12.18.2017

Campaign Finance Reforms Advancing in DC, Suffolk County NY.

The Washington, D.C. City Council and the Legislature in Suffolk County, NY are expected to vote Tuesday on proposals to limit campaign spending and use public funds to supplement small dollar donations from individuals to candidates for local offices.

Report Links Interior Secy. Zinke to 'Scam PACs'

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has been drumming up business for a group of Washington-based political consultants who some of his fellow Republicans have accused of ripping off party donors.

Money & Influence 09.18.2017

National Model for Campaign Finance in Peril

Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy is promising to veto a state budget plan that would decimate the Citizens’ Election Program (CEP), a national model for campaign finance reform since its adoption more than a decade ago.

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