Campaign Finance Reform

A Letter from Arianna Huffington
If you listen, you can hear the rustle of a movement coming to life in America -- a movement that will dramatically alter the conduct of the two major parties and bring about a new politics. This movement is about you, your neighbors, your friends and all those who have been denied a seat at the table of American politics. And make no mistake; the price we pay for our absence is high.
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Feingold Calls For Halt To Special Interest Money Events At Convention
Feingold told the opening night assembly of Shadow Convention L.A. at the Patriotic Hall in downtown Los Angeles that the upcoming Democratic convention will join the lately concluded Republican convention as "the worst display of money and corruption in American history."
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Monday Audio & Video Highlights Available
Come visit the indexed video transcript for all the Monday festivities. You can view the event from the begining or you may go directly to your favorite speaker!
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Shadow Convention Continues With Calls For Reform, Stories From Victims of Big Money Politics
Introducing a panel discussion by victims of the current money-dominated political system, Common Cause President and former Massachusetts Attorney General Scott Harshbarger stated: "Big money in politics has real victims, now we will show you some of the faces behind the numbers."
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  Campaign Finance Reform -- Eli Speaks Out
Financial contributions to politicians by individuals with vested interests means the concerns of the wealthy outweigh the needs of the whole. Are future American leaders conscious of this problem? AntEye.com explores the issue.
     
     

Granny D Speaks out on Campaign Finance Reform
"Friends, we are at that difficult time when we try to decide whether to support candidates who may not represent all our reform goals, but who may have a chance of winning and representing at least some of our goals."
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CFR-Related Video Clips from Sunday's Event
(Requires RealPlayer 8)

clip 2: Sen. McCain's speech
Keynote Speaker: Senator John McCain on Campaign Finance Reform
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clip 3: Mr. Harshbarger's speech
Speaker: Scott Harshbarger, President and CEO, Common Cause, with opening remarks on Campaign Finance Reform
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clip 4: Ellen Miller's speech
Speaker: Ellen Miller, Public Campaign, with opening remarks on Campaign Finance Reform
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$ In Politics: Mid-Year Soft Money Report
Common Cause
The Democratic and Republican national party committees raised a record $255,977,550 in soft money during the first 18 months of the 2000 election cycle. Republicans raised $137.4 million in soft money, while Democrats raised $118.6 million.
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CFR Day Schedule in Philadelphia
Schedule Now Available
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CFR Mission Statement
As we head into the 2000 campaign season, our nation's campaign finance system continues to explode, as the major parties and candidates aggressively compete for unprecedented sums from wealthy special interests in a campaign fundraising arms race.
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Corporations Buy the Conventions
Jim Hightower, AlterNet

"Ready or not, heeeeere they come -- the Republican and Democratic national conventions! You'll see the pageantry on TV, but what they won't show you is the bald-faced corruption behind the hoopla, the selling of the very conventions that formally choose the nominees of the two big parties."
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Who Wants To Eat With A Millionaire?
Arianna Huffington
It's time to throw out the record books -- at least until the people decide to throw out the record breakers. Last Wednesday was a night to remember -- and forget -- in Washington. More money was raised than on any single night in political history: $26.5 million by the Democrats (the most ever raised by a political party in one fell swoop) and $14 million by the Republicans a few blocks away.
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Reform Message Outlives Messengers
Scott Harshbarger
It might have been tempting for those of us who care deeply about campaign finance reform to be discouraged by the withdrawal from the presidential campaign of Senator John McCain and former Senator Bill Bradley. After all - they have been the standard-bearers on this issue and made reform the cornerstone of their campaigns. Isn't a loss for them a loss for the issue?
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Why Women Should Care About Money in Politics
Public Campaign
While women vote in greater numbers than men (they represent 53 percent of the voting population) and make up over 50 percent of the total population, the presence of women in elected office does not reflect these majority numbers. Only 20 percent of state legislators are women and 59 women out of a total of 535 members serve in the U.S. Congress. Even in 1998, Congress still looks like an "old boys club." Why does the face of the U.S. Congress not reflect the voting strength of women or the proportion of women in American society? The answer has to do with money: specifically a campaign finance system that favors incumbents.
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Why You Should Care About Campaign Finance Reform
Common Cause
Factsheets on why environmentalists, senior citizens, consumers, and families should care about campaign finance reform.
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Why Public Interest Advocates Should Care about Money in Politics
Public Campaign

Money has always played a role in American politics, but in the 1990's big money has become the primary currency of democracy. Before the public ever casts their ballots, wealthy campaign contributors vote with their wallets, effectively deciding which candidates will have the resources to run serious campaigns. Nearly all candidates for office (except rich ones) are dependent on this funding. As a result, well-heeled special interests shape public policy and determine limits of political debate.

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Why Working People Should Care About Money in Politics
Public Campaign
The stunning performance of the U.S. economy in the 1990s has translated into staggering corporate profits. One essential ingredient in this success has been the labor force. Yet, corporate prosperity has not translated into better working conditions, wages, or job and retirement security for the rank and file. Indeed, the business community has been lobbying Congress to block expanded wage and safety protections.
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Women Play the Big-Money Game
Harriet Woods, TomPaine.com
(AlterNet)
Even as some women try to reform the campaign finance system, other women are still trying to win a place in the existing system. They have the illusion that they can catch up, and at the very least, that they dare not stop trying.
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Politicians Even Shake Down Their Own
Steven Hill & Rob Richie, AlterNet

Congressional leaders recently set a whole new standard for raising campaign funds now they are shaking down their fellow House members.
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OUCH!: Medicare Prescription Drug Benefits
Public Campaign, AlterNet
* Pharmaceutical industry's profit margin in 1999: 18.6%.
* Fortune 500 median profit margin the same year: 5%.

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