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CREW: House Votes to Give Big Donors More Influence Over Elections
WASHINGTON - January 26 - Today, the House of Representatives voted to eliminate the public financing of campaigns. In response to the vote, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) Executive Director Melanie Sloan issued the following statement:
"Instead of spending its precious legislative time on dismantling the presidential financing system, the House should be working on legislation that would undo the disastrous Citizens United case. More than four billion dollars was spent on the 2010 election, much of it to elect the very members of the 112th Congress who cast this vote. As a result, I am disappointed - but not surprised - that they would choose to put even more special interest money into our elections. We need real campaign finance reform that allows elections to be won by the candidate with the best ideas, not the biggest donors."