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The Better Way: Fair Elections Gains Momentum
Date:10/27/2009

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following was released today by the Public Campaign Action Fund:

To: Editorial Writers

From: David Donnelly

Date: October 27, 2009

RE: The better way

Note: Below is the first installment of a joint initiative by Common Cause and Public Campaign, two national organizations promoting comprehensive campaign finance reform, to provide digestible news analysis for your use in drafting editorials. We will be sending out regular memos to capture the current news stories and how they speak to the larger issues before Congress and the country.

The Arms Race Returns (or It Never Went Away)

Our elections are an arms race to see who can raise the most campaign cash -- and today's political strategy is to promote a high cash intake and downplay fundraising efforts that fall short of that goal. Candidates promote these dollar figures as "proof" that their campaign is viable.

Recent Federal Election Commission filings are once again serving as a litmus test for which candidates for Congress are "real" and which are in trouble for next year's congressional races.

The most recent numbers are also a reminder that the problem of big money in politics is getting worse. The FEC reported last month that fundraising for U.S. House and U.S. Senate candidates had topped $250 million over the first six months of the year. Despite the economic downturn, we're on track to have one of the most expensive midterm election cycles ever. That translates into candidates spending more time than ever before dialing for dollars and rubbing elbows with the wealthy and powerful rather than listening to regular voters concerned about jobs and the economy, health care, and the need to address our nation's energy policy.

Meanwhile, in Congress...

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