February 19, 2012 |
wITHIN THE contentious arena of campaign finance reform, one of the few areas in which all sides agree — or claim they do — is on the importance of disclosure. For years, opponents of other campaign finance reform measures argued that they were unneeded because disclosing the donations would cure other asserted ills, such as corporate donations or unlimited checks. Until recently, that is. Two years ago, Congress narrowly failed to pass legislation that would have required disclosure of the gusher of secret money flowing into elections...
April 17, 2008
In criticizing Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) as wavering on whether to participate in the public campaign financing system ["A Lapsed Principle," editorial, April 14], The Post overlooked two obvious -- and relevant -- points: First, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) already opted into and then asserted that he opted out of the presidential public financing system. In short, Mr. McCain has been given a free pass on criticizing Mr. Obama for considering the same course of action that Mr. McCain has already taken.
March 7, 2013 |
Reversing course after weeks of public pressure, the head of the new nonprofit organization formed to take over President Obama's campaign operation announced Thursday that the group will not take donations from corporations as originally planned and will provide more transparency about its funding. In an article posted Thursday on CNN.com, Jim Messina, chairman of Organizing for Action, detailed the changes, which will include disclosing the precise amount contributed by donors who give more than $250.
September 5, 2008 |
When Sen. John McCain introduced Sarah Palin as his running mate last week, he declared they would "beat the long odds to win a tough election on a message of reform and integrity. " Alaska's governor promised they would take "our message of reform to every voter of every background. " Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) pronounced McCain "a restless reformer," now with a running-mate "reformer" to boot. "Reform" became the watchword of the Republican National Convention, the noun, verb and adjective...
March 27, 2008
IMAGINE THIS scenario: It's late summer. The Democratic and Republican conventions are about to begin. The parties' nominees have decided that it would be better for the political system -- and, no doubt, easier for them -- to accept full public financing for the general election rather than scramble to raise the money on their own. But there's no way for them to get the checks, about $85 million apiece. That's because before the checks can be issued, the Federal Election Commission must certify each nominee's eligibility to receive...
March 7, 2013 |
Sen. Carl Levin (D-Michigan) announced on Thursday that he will not seek reelection in 2014, saying he wanted to focus on the nation's challenges and not on politics. In a statement, Levin explained that he and his wife "decided that I can best serve my state and nation by concentrating in the next two years on the challenging issues before us that I am in a position to help address; in other words, by doing my job without the distraction of campaigning for re-election. " In his statement, Levin mentions corporate...