Welcome to this week’s roundup (Feb. 17-24, 2015) of must-read stories in the world of money and politics. Check back on Tuesday afternoons for more on the ever-increasing influence of the super-rich on the American government. In the comments section below, we’d love to hear your thoughts on these stories and any we may have missed.
Here’s what people are saying this week:
— A question put to voters Tuesday in Chicago. The ballot initiative to introduce publicly financed campaigns has the support of all five mayoral candidates.
— Wade Randlett, a Bay Area-based Democratic fundraiser, on whether Hillary Clinton can win over Silicon Valley. According to The Wall Street Journal, the Bay Area is Clinton’s biggest opportunity to expand her 2008 fundraising base.
— Ciara Torres-Spelliscy of the Brennan Center for Justice on a pending Supreme Court petition filed by ProtectMarriage. The group seeks exemption from disclosure laws, claiming their officers, recipients and donors could be subject to “threats, harassment, or reprisals” if disclosed.
— Adam Rappaport of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW). Federal Election Commissioner Lee Goodman recently condemned a proposal that would allow the FEC to regulate certain online campaign activity. Here, Rappaport responds that Goodman “simply is wrong,” pointing out that one PAC alone, Sen. Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) Kentucky Opportunity Coalition, spent am undisclosed $750,000 on digital ads last fall.
— Dan Riffle, director of federal policies at the Marijuana Policy Project, telling The Hill about life as a marijuana lobbyist. Riffle says Congress members take him more seriously and are more eager to meet than in past years.
— John Oliver, outlining the insanity of judicial elections in Sunday’s Last Week Tonight monologue.
— Alicia Bannon of the Brennan Center for Justice, explaining the problems with elected judges on Last Week Tonight. Watch the video below: