Welcome to this week’s roundup (Feb. 24- Mar. 3, 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 American government. In the comments section below, we’d love to hear your thoughts on these stories and any we may have missed.
—Adam Smith of Every Voice, in an op-ed on money in politics for BillMoyers.com. Over the past two weeks, we featured 13 viewpoints on various topics and solutions, encompassing the 2016 presidential election, the danger of electing our judges, publicly financed elections at the federal and state levels and local ballot initiatives to curb the influence of money in politics.
— Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), the longest-serving congresswoman ever, explaining why she has decided not to run for re-election in 2016.
— Fred Wertheimer of Democracy 21, commenting to the Miami Herald on Jeb Bush’s obviously insincere insistence that he hasn’t decided to run. Until he officially declares, his super PAC can accept unlimited donations from individuals.
— Lisa Gilbert of Public Citizen, explaining why 50 organizations called on President Obama to issue an executive order requiring government contractors to disclose their political spending.