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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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You’ve heard about the Koch Brothers, but what about the Koch Sisters?

From the Washington Post:

In a departure from the ominous attack ads and fiery rhetoric (see Reid, Harry) that have dominated the anti-Koch playbook this year, the AFL-CIO is launching a lighter, more positive campaign featuring the “Koch sisters” — two women whose last names really are Koch. Their goal: Serve as a friendly counterbalance to the policies the other Kochs have championed.

"We’re just two average women who’ve raised families and worked hard all our lives," says Karen Koch in a 30-second TV ad that launches Thursday. Joyce Koch adds, “We don’t have billions to spend on political campaigns.”

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Good News: A win for transparency in campaign finance

"Today’s the day a little-known rule by the Federal Communications Commission takes effect for every TV station in the country. In a nutshell, it requires broadcasters that run political ads to disclose who paid for them.

"It may sound like a simple idea. But it could have tremendous effects on the way campaigns compete and spend money — not to mention for third-party groups and members of the general public who are interested in campaign finance, too."

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Schlepping from here to New York to L.A. to Chicago to New Orleans to Miami to, my God, I don’t know where. Ten thousand here, 20,000 there, 15,000 there. Boy. I don’t miss that.
Retiring U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), explaining that the constant chase for campaign cash is one reason Congress is so dysfunctional. (Los Angeles Times)

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