Category: Defending Key Reforms

Kucinich Moves to Ensure Oil Companies are Covered by Campaign Finance Bill

Here’s press release from Kucinich:

Washington D.C. (June 4, 2010) – Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) has offered an amendment to HR 5175, the Democracy is Strengthened by Casting Light on Elections (DISCLOSE) Act, that would prevent companies that receive federal leases to drill in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) from spending unlimited amounts of money to influence campaigns and elections.

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Dennis Burke’s Moving Eulogy to Doris “Granny D” Haddock

Doris “Granny D” Haddock recently passed away at the age of 100. When she was 89 years old, she started a walk across the country to call for an overhaul of our campaign finance system. Fourteen months and 3,200 miles later, she arrived in Washington, DC. Her action inspired people around the world and placed a spotlight on the corruption of money in politics and the critical need for reform.

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Iowa Senate Passes Legislation on Foreign Ownership, Disclosure, Etc

Iowa Senate: Iowa Senate passes first-in-the-nation reforms to protect elections from unfettered corporate spending
Sen. Jeff Danielson: 319-231-7192

DES MOINES – The Iowa Senate voted today to make Iowa the first state in the nation to protect citizens from unregulated campaign spending by big corporations and shadowy organizations.

Senate File 2354 * was approved by an overwhelming, bipartisan margin, 49 to 1.

The goals of landmark legislation include: ·

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O’Connor: Campaign Ruling A Concern In Judge Races

By BRIAN WITTE, Associated Press

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) ? Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor said Wednesday the high court’s ruling on campaign finance earlier this year and a separate ruling on campaign funds received by a judge “ought to be a concern to every state that still elects judges.”

O’Connor, who is taking part in a nationwide push across state legislatures this year to end the practice of electing judges, contends partisan elections and the fundraising that comes with it damages the ability of judges to be impartial in court.

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