Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Call your U.S. Representative to co-sponsor the Fair Elections Now Act

Common Cause, a participant public interest group in this ongoing Fair Elections Action Week, has a notice out that the U.S. House now has a sister bill to the Senate's Fair Elections Now Act. Please see this blog's November 12, 2007 post for more information about the senate bill; if you agree to further legislation with this U.S. House bill, please take action at this webpage, or just call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 .

At the end of last week, Rep. John Larson (D-CT), member of the House Leadership and new champion of "Fair Elections" public financing reform, sent a letter to the entire U.S. House asking for original cosponsors of his Fair Elections Now Act, a sister bill to the Durbin-Specter bill of the same name in the Senate.
Larson comes from the newest "Clean Elections" state, Connecticut, which will offer full public funding to candidates for state office who accept spending limits and swear off special interest cash in the 2008 election. He's also someone, like Durbin, who is simply tired of the fundraising arms race and the corrosive influence of big money on our political system.
Months ago we declared this Fair Elections Action Week--with events for public funding of campaigns happening throughout the country--and now there's a key opportunity to push this issue in Congress. We're asking folks to call their representatives and ask them to be original cosponsors of Rep. Larson's Fair Elections Now Act--so please make a call today and help give this bill some momentum and some new supporters! If you don't want to leave your call information with Common Cause, just call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask for your U.S. Representative's office to leave your message.

4 comments:

iwilder said...

The "Un-Fair Elections Now" bill creates an apartheid system in campaign financing. Democrats & Republicans have to meet one level of donations to qualify. Everyone else has to collect 50% more to qualify. Do not support this bill, it is more about keeping themselves in power than ethical elections.

David Weller said...

iwilder, that's a valid and serious consideration. I support public financing of elections, but it isn't fair as far as that is concerned, at all. It's like eating your favorit apple pie, only to find it doesn't have any real apple in it.. It is an abuse of power by the "powers that be", the Democratic and Republican seated legislators, to keep third parties disadvantaged.

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