Average Winning House Seat
1998 $0.64 million
2012 $1.6 million
Average Winning Senate Seat
2002 $4.8 million
2012 $12 million
McCutcheon vs FEC http://www.opensecrets.org/overview/...heon_about.php
2014 Outside Spending, by Donors' Industries http://www.opensecrets.org/outsidesp...umm.php?disp=I
03-06-2014 Outside groups dwarf candidate spending in Democrat Alex Sink and Republican David Jolly Florida special election http://www.impaq.me/l/4nevr_m67g
01-22-2014 How Citizens United changed politics, in 7 charts http://wapo.st/1jvtvlW
01-13-2014 Government Election Funding http://c-spanvideo.org/program/GovernmentEl
01-07-2014 AZ Campaign funding program targeted http://www.havasunews.com/news/campa...r-comment-area
01-06-2014 Representative wants voters to repeal Clean Elections, use funds for education http://eastvalleytribune.com/arizona...a4bcf887a.html
retweet: level the playing field .. support Public Campaign Financing ... take ALL special interests out of politics http://bit.ly/vF2MXG
following is cache of continually gathered info, most not edited/consolidated/ordered ...
10-20-2013 Congress Using 'Slush Funds' to Bankroll Lavish Lifestyles http://shar.es/EB1eD
Campaign finance in the United States http://bit.ly/LHTM3C
Presidential Elections Voter Turnout
09-12-2013 in response to: Cruz: DC Establishment 'Scared to Death' of Grassroots http://shar.es/iJ3dM
to think, Public Campaign Financing would eliminate most of the major problems in politics, we only have to wonder why it hasn't happened yet? there are two sides in this, and each, is just as one-sided as the other ... neither being exactly what the people are looking for, or want. The Republicans have as much, if not more, to fear, than the Democrats. DC Establishment works both ways. How many people are making a living off of manipulating the politicians ... the MSM, the endless number of think tanks, and 501C-3s and 501C-4s, lobbyists up the ying-yang, the corporations, the Top 1%, the minorities. It's a chess match, and the people are losing regardless of who is in charge. all of government is pretty much common sense, yet we see little of it in Washington DC.
There were 12,719 lobbyists in Washington, D.C. as of 2011—or 23 for every one member of Congress
10,290 registered lobbyists for 2013, there were 14,842 in 2007.
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In 1970, 3% of Congress went on to become lobbyists
Now, 42% of the House, and 50% of the Senate, become Lobbyists http://bit.ly/kjcTzs
Largest Dark Money Donor Groups Share Funds, Hide Links - OpenSecrets Blog http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2013...GP2JwA.twitter
Poll: Americans largely in favor of campaign spending limitations http://lat.ms/Px7B1B
Fund-raising game upended in 2012 race
Public funds passé as super PACs dominate http://bo.st/HXTb8z
money corrupts; money in politics absolutely corrupts the political process -
should we, the people ban/outlaw private money from the political process -
to be replaced, instead by frugal limited public financing to provide
internet-based candidate positions on we, the people stated issues,
so that candidates may be evaluated on issues rather than party, and personality.
free air time on C-SPAN
it's time to begin cutting the overhead
"on the take." http://huff.to/t7sWUj
fundraisers have deep ties to lobbyists http://yhoo.it/sGJGWv
Total Amount Spent On Federal Elections
2000 $3.2 billion
2004 $4.2 billion
2008 $5.3 billion
2012 $9.8 billion http://bit.ly/Mvb8O7
Total Costs of Congressional Campaigns
1974 $77 million;
1982 $343 million;
2010 $4.0 billion
In 2008—the last presidential election year—candidates for office, political parties, and independent groups spent a total of $5.3 billion on federal elections. The amount spent on the presidential race alone was $2.4 billion, and over $1 billion of that was spent by the campaigns of the two major candidates: Barack Obama spent $730 million in his election campaign, and John McCain spent $333 million. http://bit.ly/LHTM3C
In the 2010 midterm election cycle, candidates for office, political parties, and independent groups spent a total of $3.6 billion on federal elections. The average winner of a seat in the House of Representatives spent $1.4 million on his or her campaign. The average winner of a Senate seat spent $9.8 million. http://bit.ly/LHTM3C
Total Costs of Presidential Campaign
2008 $2.4 billion
112th Congress Fundraising http://bit.ly/mr6hXF
The tyranny of tiny minds and big money; Larry Lessig
After three years, time for Obama to deliver on his promise
to curb money in politics http://bit.ly/x7Jlot
Are we, as Americans, in agreement, to outlaw/ban private money
from campaign financing, replaced by frugal public financing (tbd)?
06/25 top donors to Mitt Romney's campaign so far in 2012 Goldman Sachs $593,080
JPMorgan Chase & Co $467,089
Bank of America $425,100
Morgan Stanley $399,850
Credit Suisse Group $390,360
Citigroup Inc $312,800
Kirkland & Ellis $264,302
Wells Fargo $237,550
Deloitte LLP $222,250
HIG Capital $216,995
UBS AG $207,750
Blackstone Group $198,800
Bain Capital $156,500
Elliott Management $146,275
Marriott International $137,827
General Electric $135,450
Bain & Co $130,550
EMC Corp $129,450
Term limits - limit two 2-year House terms, limit one 4 year Senate term
Progression - only after serving 2 House terms, eligible for one Senate term
transparency in all actions
eliminate racism in Congress,
banish the Hispanic and Black Congressional Caucuses
Congressional Reform Act of 2011
1. No Tenure / No Pension.
A Congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives no
pay when they're out of office.
2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social
All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the
Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into
the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the
American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.
3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all
4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise.
Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.
5. Congress loses their current health care system and
participates in the same health care system as the American people.
6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the
7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void
effective 1/1/12. The American people did not make this
contract with Congressmen/women.
Congressmen/women made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in
Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers
envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their
term(s), then go home and back to work.