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February 07, 2020

Top Money in Politics News

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Not up for debate: ending corruption and the power of special interests in Washington (The Hill) “Throughout the New Hampshire primary campaign, candidates have visited diners, coffee shops, and town halls across our state to learn what voters here care about as they make their case to lead our nation.

These candidates can hear the same priorities and concerns that I hear from my constituents everyday. They’ll hear the cost of prescription drugs and health care is staggering and getting more expensive by the minute. They’ll hear heartbreaking stories of loved ones who are grappling with or have been lost to substance misuse. They’ll hear of deep concern for the environment and the future of the planet.”

Also see: My Turn: Ask candidates how they will fix our democracy (Concord Monitor) and Carper, Warren cheer House passage of Presidential Transition Enhancement Act (Delaware News Desk) 

Point: Beyond impeachment — restoring our democracy (Bozeman Daily Chronicle) “With the Senate’s acquittal of President Donald Trump on Wednesday, the impeachment saga came to an end. So, what next?

It’s likely we will hear recriminations and accusations, see finger-pointing and even name-calling. More evidence related to the president’s phone call with the Ukrainian president may surface as court cases unfold, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman go to trial and we finally see John Bolton’s book.”

House Judiciary Democrats eye campaign finance measures (Roll Call) “House members and political money experts debated comprehensive new campaign finance overhaul measures on Thursday, but they heard testimony from a Federal Election Commission member who suggested they might first want to address the existing campaign regulatory infrastructure.

Federal Election Commissioner Ellen Weintraub, in testimony to a House Judiciary subcommittee, tried to draw attention to her agency’s current predicament: It’s lacked enough commissioners for a quorum for more than five months.”

Secret Service has paid rates as high as $650 a night for rooms at Trump’s properties (The Washington Post) “President Trump’s company charges the Secret Service for the rooms agents use while protecting him at his luxury properties — billing U.S. taxpayers at rates as high as $650 per night, according to federal records and people who have seen receipts.

Those charges, compiled here for the first time, show that Trump has an unprecedented — and largely hidden — business relationship with his own government. When Trump visits his clubs in Palm Beach, Fla., and Bedminster, N.J., the service needs space to post guards and store equipment.”

Bloomberg Pursues Wealthy Donors, but Not Their Checkbooks (The New York Times) “In the middle of January, most Democratic presidential candidates were scrambling to raise money to keep their campaigns afloat. But at an airy gallery in downtown San Francisco, Michael R. Bloomberg gathered a group of several dozen local political donors to make a different kind of appeal. Mr. Bloomberg told the group that he did not want their money and would not accept it if they offered it. What he wanted, he said, was their personal support.”

Also see:  D.C.’s New Public Financing Program Is All The Rage In 2020 (DCist) “For the first time in the District’s political history, candidates for public office can receive public financing for their electoral bids, thanks to a newly implemented program called “Fair Elections.” And most of the declared candidates so far are intending to do—or already have done—just that, according to recent data from the D.C. Office of Campaign Finance.

As of Jan. 27, 29 total candidates running in either the June 2 primaries or the November 3 general election had registered for the program (though not all those candidates had been certified), and more than $734,000 had been disbursed to their campaigns by the city.”

Also see: Campaign Finance Reform is Good, Term Limits and Outside Income Cap Must Come Next (Gotham Gazette) and Dorsey leaves Metro board, no longer has to repay $10,000 campaign donation (The Washington Post) 

SOCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

ON H.R.1
Dark money and corporate interests have had too much power over our elections for too long. We need to hear how the 2020 candidates will put voters first and get money out of politics! #DemDebate @GStephanopoulos, @DavidMuir, @LinseyDavis, @AdamSextonWMUR and @MonicaTVNews 

ON IMPEACHMENT
As the Senate impeachment trial comes to a close, we have a unique opportunity to enact reforms to restore faith in our democracy. The Senate must take up and pass #HR1 immediately. #democracyreform

ON CITIZENS UNITED
RT PFAW Bipartisan witnesses answer questions on election security, campaign finance, and Super PACs at the #DemocracyForAll Amendment hearing. #OverturnCitizensUnited

ON TRUMP
The presidency shouldn’t be profitable. 
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/secret-service-has-paid-rates-as-high-as-650-a-night-for-rooms-at-trumps-properties

ON 2020
#FightBigMoney https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/06/us/politics/bloomberg-donors-democrats.html

ON DC
It’s time to put power back in the hands of the people.
https://dcist.com/story/20/02/06/d-c-s-new-public-financing-program-is-all-the-rage-in-2020


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