Holding Politicians Accountable

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The problem we have in this country, and we’ve had for a long time, is that Washington works for those who can hire armies of lobbyists and lawyers. If you’re a huge corporation, if you’re a billionaire, boy, your voice gets heard in that place and what you want gets attended to.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, on The Daily Show Wednesday night. Watch the full interview.

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Huffington Post: Wall Street, War Hawks Fund Challenger To Only Anti-War, Anti-Wall Street Republican

North Carolina Rep. Walter Jones is one of the few Republicans to vote against Wall Street and support campaign finance reform. And now, these special interests are trying to defeat him:

A Huffington Post review of these reports shows that Wall Street donors, financial industry lobbyists and war hawks provided $135,900 — more than half of Griffin’s funds.

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Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens has some thoughts on money in politics. In the New York Times: “But there was a hint of anger in some of his remarks when I went to see him last week in his Supreme Court chambers. He said the court had made a disastrous wrong turn in its recent string of campaign finance rulings.”

Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens has some thoughts on money in politics. In the New York Times: “But there was a hint of anger in some of his remarks when I went to see him last week in his Supreme Court chambers. He said the court had made a disastrous wrong turn in its recent string of campaign finance rulings.”

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People with the means to write Christie a $100,000 check he asked for have a right to be heard in politics, but so do the vast majority of Americans who don’t have that kind of money. What will make the campaign finance system better — and our elected officials more responsive — is participation by more of us, not a heavy reliance on just a select, wealthy few.
Public Campaign Action Fund Executive Director David Donnelly in an oped in New Jersey in response to Gov, Chris Christie’s call to get rid of contribution limits. 

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