22 Jan 1/22/16 Daily Clips – Members of Congress weigh in on Citizens United
A lot of people had things to say about the Citizens United anniversary yesterday. A couple dozen members of Congress weighed in in some form. Rep. Paul Tonko had lots to say, don’t miss Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s speech on the Senate floor, or Rep. John Sarbanes’ interview with the American Prospect. Bernie Sanders weighed in with some thoughts. And Senate Democrats renewed their call for SEC disclosure. The Intercept on Clinton’s op-ed yesterday calling for a matching-fund system.
American Prospect: “The ruling has given voters fed up with the political system a concrete focus for their anger, and helped push the issue of money in politics from the margins to the mainstream.”
And, importantly, Public Citizen noted what didn’t happen: “The president has talked eloquently about the need to curb money in politics, but he has yet to act. It is disappointing that the president is not taking advantage of this day to take the one action he can take without Congress and issue this executive order. That said, we are hopeful that we will see this action very soon.” Common Cause on the results of the decision. Democracy 21’s Fred Wertheimer weighs in on solutions. Represent.Us, Sunlight Foundation. There were events in California, Wisconsin
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi: “On this anniversary, we rededicate ourselves to ensuring the pocketbooks of the privileged few do not drown out the voices of hard-working American families.” Kathleen Turner weighs in on how fighting for money-in-politics reforms is a feminist issue.
Huffington Post’s Paul Blumenthal: Citizens United Celebrates 6 Years Of Giving A Voice To Voiceless Billionaires
Wisconsin Senate candidate Russ Feingold weighed in, Pennsylvania Senate candidate Katie McGinty did too, and the DSCC hit Kelly Ayotte over it. A GOP candidate for governor in Montana says he’ll refuse PAC money.
If you saw any statements from members of Congress celebrating the decision, let me know. I could have missed them.
This GOP Congressman wants to take on Citizens United. Don’t miss Michael Beckel’s interview with Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.), a cosponsor of the Government By the People Act: “The policy too many times benefits the few instead of the many. That’s just what I see happening up here too often.”
I talked to Mic.com about the proposed executive order–if it happens, “This executive order would begin turning President Obama’s powerful words from the State of the Union into concrete action.”
Ok: “William Doddridge, the CEO of the Jewelry Exchange, one of the country’s largest jewelry companies, told POLITICO late Thursday that had decided to start TrumPAC, an outside group focused on helping the real estate mogul win the White House.”
Read Nick Kristof, who notes the need for an executive order on government contractors and highlights small-donor systems in the states: “America’s political and economic inequalities feed each other.”
“. When it hands down its decision, the court should make clear that McDonnell’s behavior was both politics as usual (as he claims) and a federal felony (as the government contends).”
Eliza Newlin Carney: “One of the ironies of the rules-free campaign system ushered in by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. FEC ruling six years ago is that the Republican Party, which has championed and encouraged political money deregulation, has in some ways paid the highest price for it.”
“A federal appeals court on Thursday dealt a setback to campaign finance reform fans in a ruling about who pays for political ads.”
Stay safe out there, those in the path of the storm. I imagine I’ll be doing clips like this on Monday.
The candidate could also be partly to blame, you know: “Interviews with more than a dozen donors and advisers to the candidate revealed a complicated picture of dissatisfaction with the group and its chief strategist, Mike Murphy. Few wanted to openly criticize the group or Mr. Murphy on the record, but many raised questions about the role they had played in the campaign.”
Republicans have spent years saying Koch criticism doesn’t work and yet: “America Rising PAC, the GOP opposition network founded by Matt Rhoades and Joe Pounder, has set its sights on Jane Mayer, shopping around accusations that she has ideological bias.”
I can’t with this “Baby Got PACs” video.
“With Iowa polls tightening and Bernie Sanders padding his lead in New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton’s longtime fundraisers are still sanguine. But that’s not true of some of her big-money backers who are newer to presidential politics. They are starting to air their concerns behind closed doors, eager to hear a contingency plan for what happens if Sanders wins the first two states.”
Ted Cruz refuses to take the Jedi pledge.
“As the candidates that Wall Street backed with millions of dollars have stumbled and banks have become punchlines and punching bags, financiers are wrapping their heads around what life with the New York billionaire or Texas senator in the Oval Office might look like for them. And some don’t mind what they see.”
“Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has launched a verbal salvo at a rival for the Republican presidential nomination, blasting Ted Cruz for hosting a fundraiser and accepting donations from openly gay hotel owners in New York City last year.”
“Most of K Street’s 20 largest firms by revenue saw their advocacy fees rise in 2015, with some getting an extra boost from the flurry of legislating at the end of the year.” Washington Post. Amazon saw a big increase. Boeing tops defense lobbying.
A spokesperson for Jeb Bush’s super PAC criticized the secret money spending boosting Marco Rubio. As CRP’s Robert Maguire noted on Twitter, the group’s affiliated social welfare organization–Right to Rise Policy Solutions–could always release a policy solution on transparency.
“But her paid speeches are now emerging as the central line of attack in an increasingly bitter primary clash with Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.”
David Brock and the Sanders campaign are fighting again.
“Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will take his increasingly personal feud with GOP rival Sen. Ted Cruz to the airwaves, launching his first attack ad of this election cycle to amplify accusations that Cruz flip-flipped on immigration reform.”
Andy Kroll has an interesting profile of Ted Cruz’s campaign manager in the New Republic.
“Marco Rubio had long planned an ambitious Iowa advertising assault in the weeks leading up to the caucuses, but his campaign has quietly scaled back its ad buys in the state by more than $860,000, according to a POLITICO analysis of advertising buys.”
Man, some TV networks are bad at covering money in politics.
“Baltimore’s power brokers — some well known, some not — are once again placing their bets on who they want to become the city’s next mayor.