Welcome to this week’s roundup (Feb. 10-17, 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:
— Mark Schmitt, director of the program on political reform at New America, writing at CNN about a simple tax credit plan proposed by Bruce Ackerman and Lawrence Lessig to encourage more low-income citizens to have a voice in politics.
— James Vincent on new rules proposed by the FCC that would require satellite and cable TV operators as well as radio broadcasters to release information online about who buys political ad time.
— The Atlantic’s Peter Beinart, wondering if some Republicans will reconsider money’s outsized role in politics if Jeb Bush succeeds in buying the GOP nomination.
— Democratic activist Bill Verge, speaking to POLITICO about some Democrats’ growing frustration with Clinton for seeming to continually campaign without officially declaring a presidential run.
— Tristan Daedalus, spokesperson for Arizona Rep. Matt Salmon, who is preparing a cease-and-desist letter to an unaffiliated conservative PAC using his name to raise funds.
— John Hawkins, writing for rightwingnews.com about scam PACs like “Tea Party Army” and “Republicans for Immigration Reform” that take money from GOP donors and use very little — if any — for campaigning.
— The LA Times’s Suzanne Dovi, reporting on the ease with which lobbying shops can buy congressional votes with the suggestion of future jobs to members and their top staffers.