Holding Politicians Accountable

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It is a very rare exception where there is a quid pro quo – a donation for an action. But when you are spending a lot of time with people who believe a certain set of things, it’s hard not to be influenced by that viewpoint.
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), on the systemic corruption of our big money political system. (Roll Call)

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The fact is, we all should be working to overturn Citizens United and reduce the role of money in politics. And I guarantee you this: You reduce the role of money in politics, increase the level of civility — you will elect more women, more young people, more minorities, more LGBT community people to the Congress of the United States. It’s very important.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, on Late Night with Seth Meyers Monday night.

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We bought the son of a bitch, but he wouldn’t stay bought.
Steel baron Henry Clay Frick, years after the 1904 election of President Teddy Roosevelt, on he and his colleagues giving large sums to the president’s campaign and not being happy with the results. The quote was mentioned in the new PBS documentary, The Roosevelts.

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President Bill Clinton criticized Sen. Mitch McConnell on Sunday for his comments at a recent Koch brothers donor retreat, specifically highlighting the Senator’s comment the passage of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law was the “worst day” of his political life.

From the speech: 

“When I look back on my life in politics, after all those decades and fights and all those campaigns, if the worst thing that ever happened to me was an attempt to limit black bag campaign contributions. What about 9/11? What about the financial meltdown? What about the farm crisis in the 1970’s and what about the middle of the country’s manufacturing base hollowing out in the 1980’s? And what about in his native Kentucky, where 70% of the coal miners losing their job before the EPA said a word with no way to put them back to work in other ways? How could you possibly say the worst thing that happened to you was not being able to black bag unlimited amounts of money. in politics when all of these things have happened to Americans?

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