Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Whatever happened to Public Financing?

ACLU lobbyist sees telecoms' power
Caroline Fredrickson, the director of the ACLU Washington Legislative Office, said in a briefing for reporters Monday, “It is so troubling that Congress would consider providing immunity, intervening in these court cases and dismissing them without having the opportunity for the cases to be heard by a court.”

Fredrickson added wryly, “As someone who lobbies on the Hill regularly, we’re always rubbing up against the phalanxes of telecom lobbyists who are up there. I think members of Congress are feeling a great deal of pity for the sad circumstances that telecoms might find themselves in.”

Members of Congress she said, “are hearing from them on a regular basis as they attend their fundraisers. So we understand why there’s so much resonance for those arguments.”

It's SO long past time to get the big money out of politics. We must get public financing of elections or we loose our democracy.

*When I followed the link to this the title was "Dissident Democrats fume, but Lack Recourse." , and I was struck by the "Dissident" label - are the authoritarian radicals in our government about to round up the dems, and stock those big prison camps that Halliburton is building all over the US? (Paranoia - it strikes deep, into your mind it's gonna creep...)


Blogger TaraDharma said...

amen, sister! I have a sister who is a lobbyist for health care industry....she has an entirely different point of view. but it's scary to see how much influence they have - co-authoring bills and directing public policy from their vested viewpoints.

12:05 PM, November 07, 2007  
Blogger Anok said...

I agree that getting big money out of politics is a must - but I think its a little late for public financing to save our democracy. I think, at least i my opinion, it'll be something to use later, after we've impeached - provided that we can.

But yeah, lobbyists are right up there with telemarketers and bill collectors in my book. (No offense to taradharma's sister)

12:39 AM, November 09, 2007  

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