Public Campaign

Public Campaign is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to sweeping campaign reform that aims to dramatically reduce the role of big special interest money in American politics. Public Campaign is laying the foundation for reform by working with a broad range of organizations, including local community groups, around the country that are fighting for change and national organizations whose members are not fairly represented under the current campaign finance system. Together we are building a network of national and state-based efforts to create a powerful national force for federal and state campaign reform.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Small Donor Solutions for Big Money: The 2014 Elections and Beyond
There’s no denying it. Big money in elections is getting bigger and the increased cost of elections is fueled by a shrinking handful of America’s wealthiest individuals. Many solution-oriented advocates believe one of the major paths to reversing this trend is investing in small donor-driven...
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Thursday, February 09, 2012
Watchdog: Tipton Took Big Bucks from Energy Interests, Did Their Bidding in Congress in 2011
As he voted repeatedly in favor of wasteful oil industry tax subsidies, freshman Rep. Scott Tipton (R-Colo.) was raising significant campaign cash from that industry, according to Public Campaign analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and the Center for Responsive Politics.
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Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Possible Republican Leadership Represents $38 Million in Campaign Cash
The six members of Congress now vying for Republican leadership in the House—Reps. John Boehner (R-Ohio), Eric Cantor (R-Va.), Kevin McCarthy (R-Ohio), Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), and Tom Price (R-Ga.)—represent roughly $38 million in campaign contributions in the 2010 cycle alone, according to Public Campaign analysis of data from the Center for Responsive Politics.
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Tuesday, October 05, 2010
Watchdog Responds to Troubling New Report on U.S. Chamber of Commerce Funding
Public Campaign responded to the new report from Think Progress alleging that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is using foreign donations to influence elections.
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Tuesday, June 08, 2010
Decision Has No Impact on Pending Fair Elections Legislation
Public Campaign and Common Cause released the following statement today in response to the U.S. Supreme Court's order today blocking the release of matching funds to candidates for office in Arizona who have opted into their Clean Elections program.
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Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Campaign for Fair Elections Applauds New “Accountability and Transparency” Package
Leading national campaign reform groups Public Campaign and Common Cause today praised the new "accountability and transparency" package being put together by 20 to 30 freshman members of Congress. According to reports, the legislative package will contain the Fair Elections Now Act, which would sever the ties between special interest cash and members of Congress, and give voters a louder voice in what happens in our nation's capitol.
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Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Support For Fair Elections Now Act at All-Time High
Today marks the one-year anniversary of the introduction of the Fair Elections Now Act (S. 752/H.R. 1826), legislation that would allow candidates to run competitive congressional campaigns on a blend of unlimited small donations and limited public funds. The bill was introduced in the Senate by Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and in the House by Democratic Caucus Chair John Larson (D-Conn.) and Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.). The bill is supported by more than 40 local and national organizations representing tens of millions of Americans.
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Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Congress Rejects Measure to Help Struggling Families Amid Shower of Special Interest Money
When the House of Representatives passed a sweeping financial reform package last week, it rejected several high profile amendments, including the so-called “cramdown” provision. Introduced by Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), whose district has one of the highest foreclosure rates in the country, the provision would temporarily allow bankruptcy judges to adjust the value of a mortgage to reflect the current value of the home.
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Friday, December 04, 2009
Editorial Memo: Congressional Leaders Push Fair Elections as Answer to Citizens United
Assistant Senate Majority Leader Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Democratic Caucus Chair Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.) reiterated their support for the Fair Elections Now Act today at a standing-room only event at the Center for American Progress, a Washington, D.C. think tank dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through ideas and action. The policy forum took place as Supreme Court watchers wait for a decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, a decision that could expand corporate spending in elections.
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Wednesday, November 04, 2009
Voters Send a Message About Self-Financed Candidates in New Jersey and New York City
Public Campaign President Nick Nyhart released the following statement this morning regarding the New York City mayoral election and New Jersey governor's race.
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