Money-in-Politics: Cleaning Up the Swamp (insert emoji here)

A new administration takes office having pledged to change how Money-in-Politics dominates DC. The ‘clean up the system’ line worked in the campaign, but reality has already set in post-campaign and the glimmer of real change is, well, somewhere else

Recusal will check in occasionally on the administration’s cabinet, appointees and policies, and report updates on visible ‘progress’

Though there’s not money in reporting on Money-in-Politics, we continue with our pro bono work. We begin a new year by pointing Recusal.org visitors to one of our excellent (and financially well-to-do) public interest associates who’s bringing ‘sunshine to government’  — Every Voice  

Of the first 17 people Donald Trump named to the Cabinet or Cabinet-ranking posts “have well over $9.5 billion in combined wealth… This collection of wealth is greater than that of the 43 million least wealthy American households combined.”

Let that sink in. Those first 17 people plucked by Trump to help him govern have more wealth “than over one-third of the 126 million households total in the US. Affluence of this magnitude in a US presidential Cabinet is unprecedented.”

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2017

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1/22/16 Daily Clips – Members of Congress weigh in on Citizens United

2016

In about two-dozen states and localities last week — in red states and blue states — voters approved ballot initiatives or resolutions to fight big money and give everyday people more power in politics.

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NY Times — Experts estimate campaign spending, which has risen inexorably in recent years, will easily surpass (in the 2016 federal elections) the $6.28 billion record set in the 2012 federal elections

The 2016 election may have been the most expensive election in history according to analysis from the Center for Responsive Politics

July 20, 2016_GOP Platform

Republicans and Democrats Platforms on Money-in-Politics:

The Republican platform calls for more money in politics. The Democratic platform calls for reforms and ‘staying competitive’ with the Republicans financing and spending.

Via the HuffingtonPost

The Republican platform, released on Monday, clearly states, “We oppose any restrictions or conditions that would discourage citizens from participating in the public square or limit their ability to promote their ideas, such as requiring private organizations to publicly disclose their donors to the government.” It further calls for the repeal of the McCain-Feingold limits on soft money donations to political parties and “raising or repealing contribution limits.”

This is one area where the two parties could not be further apart. The draft copy of the Democratic Party platform calls for constitutional amendments to overturn both the 2010 Citizens United and the 1976 Buckley v. Valeo Supreme Court decisions. It further endorses the creation of a public campaign financing system for congressional elections and the passage of legislation to increase disclosure of outside money.

“The Republican platform would create one political system for billionaires like Donald Trump and one for the rest of us,” David Donnelly, president of the campaign finance reform group Every Voice.

 


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