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Bill Bradley on Campaign Reform: Big Money Corrupts
22 may 13 @ 8:02 pm
Campaign reform: Seize the moment: Big money corrupts politics in New York
BY BILL BRADLEY / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS MAY 22, 2013
Read whole article here.
Politics is often described as the art of the possible.
However, these days our political system seems utterly incapable of meeting our most vexing challenges, much less operating
in a way in which the possible has any hope of becoming reality. We live in an age of hyperpartisanship and corrosive distrust
of our most basic institutions.
Fortunately, there are reforms — pragmatic ones, well within
our reach — that can reconnect voters to their elected officials and improve our democracy.
a former U.S. senator who witnessed firsthand the outsize influence that big donors and connected special interests have in
Washington, I applaud these efforts to create a more positive future for our politics. Everyday New Yorkers deserve to be
heard in Albany.
Special-interest money has played such a pervasive role in politics for so long,
we often think we’re powerless to change it. Candidates are so desperate for cash, they ask moneyed interests for support
— then, inevitably, do their bidding once in office.
And even if they don’t do their bidding,
it’s more than reasonable for the public to suspect that the men and women they elect have been profoundly compromised
by the process.
Changing the calculus — by providing a taxpayer-funded match to every legitimate
small donation — would provide an alternative to the money chase that occupies countless hours of fund-raising and dialing
for dollars for challengers and incumbents alike.
Supporters of reform are pointing the way toward
a positive alternative that puts voters in the driver’s seat of democracy by upending the reliance of candidates on
large donations and special interests, creating instead an approach based upon small donations from constituents matched with
Three states — Connecticut, Arizona and Maine — offer candidates for public
office the opportunity to compete in roughly the same way. The result, more often than not, is that qualified people from
all walks of life are able to serve, and the relationship between money and politics is greatly reduced. All voters have the
opportunity to be in control of their government, not just the connected few.
Bradley, a former
U.S. senator from New Jersey, is co-chairman of Americans for Campaign Reform and a member of NY LEAD, a statewide campaign
finance reform advocacy coalition.
May 20, 2013
Bolling PAC encouraging ‘mainstream’ voters to leave larger party?
20 may 13 @ 12:41 am
Bolling announces PAC to boost ‘mainstream’ Republicans
BY OLYMPIA MEOLA Richmond Times-Dispatch | Posted: Thursday, May 16, 2013 12:00 am
Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, who recently decided against an independent run for governor, has created a political action committee
to focus on electing “mainstream Republicans.”
He says the Virginia Mainstream Project
will recruit and support GOP candidates at the state and local levels — especially for the next General Assembly elections
— and offer a platform to discuss “mainstream approaches to governing in Virginia that put policy ahead of politics”
as well as develop “responsible conservative policy solutions.”
said many times over the past several months, there is a growing need in the Republican Party in Virginia to recruit and elect
mainstream, conservative candidates to state and local office and promote responsible policy solutions to the most important
challenges facing Virginia,” Bolling said in announcing the PAC.
“The Virginia Mainstream Project will
work to address these issues while encouraging bipartisan cooperation and compromise on the major issues facing the commonwealth.”
deferred a 2009 gubernatorial run to allow then-Attorney General Bob McDonnell to run unopposed for the Republican nomination.
Bolling had the backing of McDonnell to run in 2013, but faced a challenge from current Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, also
Last year, GOP activists and tea party supporters engineered a takeover of the state
party’s central committee, which changed the nomination process from a primary to a convention — a shift that
In December, Bolling withdrew from the race but did not endorse Cuccinelli.
Bishop Jackson for Lt. Gov Virginia?
20 may 13 @ 12:29 am
March 4, 2013Let's Start
Early - Who Should we Draft for 2016?
2:46 pm edt Comments
See full 2012 list here. x
4, 2012Two new groups catching my attention: DeMint Watch & Citizens
8:19 pm est Comments
July 7, 2011Draft
Cain Founder Describes Herman's Meteoric Rise2:38 pm edt Comments
June 17, 2011Newt
Gingrich Criticizes Departed Staffers, NBC News, For Bashing His Wife
1:47 pm edt Comments
[Jason Linkins] takes a look back on how Gingrich began his defense of Callista:
head of Gingrich Productions and has helped make seven different documentaries, one of which, about Pope John Paul II, was
picked as one of the top three films by the Vatican this year about the pope. She chairs a foundation which has given away
$800,000 to charities. And she's currently writing a children's book, in which Ellis the elephant introduces 5 to 8-year-olds
to a sweet land of liberty, the history of America."
You see, while Gingrich is sort of saying that his old
staff wanted to run an old-school campaign and that he wanted to mainly play with YouTube and Facebook and stuff, it seems
pretty clear to me that "the Gingrich campaign" is less about an authentic run for the White House and more about
a marketing campaign to monetize and synergize all of the Gingrich Family's lucrative side projects. It's been pretty apparent
to me, this whole time, that this is what the Gingrich campaign has been built to do. Gingrich says, "Barack Obama stands
for European secular socialism" and "We stand for American exceptionalism," and by the way, he has a book out
on the former and a movie coming out on the latter, and he takes all major credit cards.
So let's remember that
all this Callista-slagging, justified or not, is coming from a bunch of people who resent the fact that they spent all this
time on a merchandizing project when they thought they were working on a political campaign and now feel that they look sort
of stupid, the end.
Read whole piece in HuffPo.
June 12, 2011
4:49 am edt Comments
senior adviser for Gary Johnson’s presidential campaign staff voiced opposition Friday to Johnson’s exclusion
from Monday’s Republican presidential primary debate, and supporters placed full-page newspaper ads stating the former
New Mexico governor should be given a place on the podium.
“Debates are supposed to be opportunities for
the voters to see and hear credible candidates without all the trappings of handlers, poll numbers and name ID,” said
Ron Nielson, the campaign adviser.
Some of that outrage is being expressed in the form of political advertisements.
The full-page ads ran in the New Hampshire Union Leader and the Concord Monitor last Thursday and Friday respectively, and
a newer version appears in this week’s New Hampshire Sunday News. The ads, placed by Kerry Welsh — a self-described
entrepreneur and inventor from Ranchos Palos Verdes, Calif. — contend Johnson has in fact qualified for the debate,
citing polling criteria.
The New Hampshire Union Leader and its debate co-sponsors invited every candidate
who met any one of the following three standards:
- An average of at least 2 percent voter approval in at least
three national polls released in April by ABC, The Associated Press, Bloomberg, CBS, CNN, FOX, Gallup, Los Angeles Times,
Marist, McClatchy, NBC, Newsweek, Pew, Quinnipiac, Reuters, USA Today or Time.
- An average of at least 2 percent
in at least three national polls released in May by any of those organizations.
- An average of at least 2 percent
in polls of New Hampshire voters conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center and released in May.
Organizers report that Johnson fell short, receiving no support in the Granite State in two local surveys conducted by UNH.
Welsh and other supporters cite poll numbers they say show he met the 2 percent threshold:
- A May 27 CNN
Opinion Research Corporation Poll that shows Johnson received 2 percent of the vote
- A May 26 Gallup Poll that
shows Johnson with 3 percent of the vote
- And a May 4 Quinnipiac Poll that shows Johnson at 1 percent.
Welsh says if you add up the numbers from those three polls, Johnson receives an average of 2 percent of the vote.
But organizers point out that one of those polls featured language that excluded two potential GOP candidates, asking voters
whom they would support if certain candidates, such as former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, were dropped from consideration.
Charlie Perkins of North Village Media, a debate organizer and former news executive at the Union Leader, said: “The
debate is open to unannounced potential candidates who have significant public support. Therefore, invitations could not be
based on restrictive polling that excluded those names. In unrestricted polling, Johnson’s average in the three surveys
cited by Welsh and other Johnson supporters was 1.33 percent, not 2 percent.”
Last week, Perkins and other
organizers defended the criteria, saying that without using polling results as a standard, there would be no objective way
to determine who among the field of 144 presidential prospects who have already filed with the Federal Election Commission
should receive invitations.
Kerry Welsh said:
Thank for the story. You even spelled my name right. Let me say that Mr. Perkins' comments are disingenuous at best.
Many of the polls did not mention Rudy Giuliani's name, including the May Gallup Poll. The results of those polls
were accepted by the sponsors.
In fact, none of the polls listed the exact same candidates as another poll, as
there are too many 'potential' candidates out there for any kind of uniformity amongst the polls.
now claim that the CNN and Gallup polls are not legitimate, even though they both accurately list all the current candidates.
At best the debate sponsors are splitting hairs here, and that is just plain wrong.
If there is any
question as to whether Governor Johnson's has qualified, then the sponsors should have erred on the side of inclusion and
allowed the most successful and most fiscally conservative governor in modern US history to participate in this early season
Hope y'all enjoy my ad in Sunday's paper!
March 24, 2011Worth
the watch: Rand Paul on Reason TV
9:03 am edt Comments
Issues are more important than party. There are a lot of people out there who want somebody
who believes passionately in small limited constitutional government. People want to be left alone from the nanny state. But
they are not all republican, some of them are independent, some libertarian, some may be Democrats as well.
see polls where people say they don’t like the rhetoric or partisanship. What they don’t like is ‘empty
partisanship’. They don’t mind if we disagree on an issue. I don’t think they mind us having a spirited
discussion on the issues, they don’t like us to yell. But what they don’t want is me disliking you just because
you are a democrat or a libertarian.
They want me to engage on issues. So it is more important what
the issues are than what any party wants. I agree with the tea party in dishing out equal parts chastisement to both parties
because both parties have let us down on spending and debt. - Senator Rand Paul
March 16, 2011Better
way to create jobs.
9:52 am edt Comments
by Gary Johnson, former Governor New Mexico
I have a better idea. As a businessman and as one who talks every day with employers and
entrepreneurs, I am absolutely convinced that one fundamental change to the tax code will create more jobs more quickly than
all the so-called stimulus President Obama has ever dreamed of: Eliminate the corporate income tax.
February 22, 2011Judge
Napolitano highlights this so-called tea-inspired congress failings - ALREADY
1:53 pm est Comments
the most unconstitutional provisions of the PATRIOT Act.
February 9, 2011Gary
Johnson Addresses CPAC Friday morning
12:26 pm est Comments
Posted by Mark Halperin on The Page
Gary Johnson, former Governor of New Mexico has been invited by CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference), to
speak at their 2011 conference on Friday, February 11th at 9:30am.
Ron Nielson, a longtime Johnson strategist and consultant,
says that Governor Johnson is consistently heralded as a true fiscal conservative.
Nielson states. “As Governor
of New Mexico, he eliminated the State’s budget deficit and cut the rate of growth in state government in half. Additionally,
for the past several months, he has continued to emphasize the danger of our federal debt, and how it poses the greatest single
threat to our national security.”
January 31, 2011Ron
Paul only GOP presidential contender addressing Egyptian crises
Ron Paul on Aid to Egypt8:29 am est Comments
Ron Paul has been a persistent critic of foreign aid including
aid to Egypt. For example, in 2009, he spoke out against aid to Egypt and to the IMF that provides aid to Egypt. He opposed a–
billion loan guarantee to the International Monetary Fund, allowing that destructive organization to continue spending taxpayer
money to prop up corrupt elites and promote harmful economic policies overseas.
“As Americans struggle through the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, this emergency
supplemental appropriations bill sends billions of dollars overseas as foreign aid. Included in this appropriation is $660
million for Gaza, $555 million for Israel, $310 million for Egypt, $300 million for Jordan, and $420 million for Mexico. Some
$889 million will be sent to the United Nations for ‘peacekeeping’ missions. Almost one billion dollars will be
sent overseas to address the global financial crisis outside our borders and nearly $8 billion will be spent to address a
“potential pandemic flu.’”
Other GOP presidential contenders are mainly hiding from the
Egyptian crisis but I will keep you posted after they figure put what their positions are.
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