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S.750 Fair Elections Now Act, 112th Congress

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  • Latest Action: Apr 12, 2011 Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights. Hearings held.

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  • Committee Assignment: Senate Committee on the Judiciary - the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights

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  • Committee Assignment: Senate Committee on Rules and Administration

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  • 91% of users support S.750

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  • PPF Talking Points

    • The Fair Elections Now Act would allow federal candidates to run for office without relying on large contributions, big money bundlers, or donations from lobbyists, allowing them more time to focus on what people in their communities want.

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      The Fair Elections Now Act would allow federal candidates to run for office without relying on large contributions, big money bundlers, or donations from lobbyists, allowing them more time to focus on what people in their communities want.
    • Members of Congress spend between 25 and 50 percent of their time on fundraising. That time would be better spent meeting with constituents or working on solving national issues.

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      Members of Congress spend between 25 and 50 percent of their time on fundraising. That time would be better spent meeting with constituents or working on solving national issues.
    • The Fair Elections Now Act encourages candidates to reach out to broad swaths of constituents, not just wealthy ones, by providing 5-to-1 matching funds for contributions under $100.

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      The Fair Elections Now Act encourages candidates to reach out to broad swaths of constituents, not just wealthy ones, by providing 5-to-1 matching funds for contributions under $100.
    • In 2010, Senator Dick Durbin admitted: "The banks -- hard to believe in a time when we're facing a banking crisis that many of the banks created -- are still the most powerful lobby on Capitol Hill. And they frankly own the place."

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      In 2010, Senator Dick Durbin admitted: "The banks -- hard to believe in a time when we're facing a banking crisis that many of the banks created -- are still the most powerful lobby on Capitol Hill. And they frankly own the place."

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    OpenCongress Bill Summary

    • This bill would establish a public funding system for House elections and outlines eligibility and contribution requirements, as well as prohibitions such as those on joint fundraising committees. Under the system, candidates would raise a large number of small-donor contributions in order to receive additional public Fair Elections funding, determined based on the size of the state and split 40/60 between the primary and general elections. Fair Election candidates would be eligible for additional public funds if they continue to raise more small donations. The system would be funded through a new fee on government contractors and through an auction of unused broadcast spectrum.

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      Here's a summary from OpenCongress.org: This bill would establish a public funding system for House elections and outlines eligibility and contribution requirements, as well as prohibitions such as those on joint fundraising committees. Under the system, candidates would raise a large number of small-donor contributions in order to receive additional public Fair Elections funding, determined based on the size of the state and split 40/60 between the primary and general elections. Fair Election candidates would be eligible for additional public funds if they continue to raise more small donations. The system would be funded through a new fee on government contractors and through an auction of unused broadcast spectrum.

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    • Progressives United

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    • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

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    • Center for Competitive Politics

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    • U.S. Senate Constitution Subcommittee Hearing « Street Justice - May 16, 2012 by shellybernal - The most comprehensive and effective is The Fair Elections Now Act (S. 750 and H.R. 1404). It was re-introduced in 2011 in the Senate by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and in the House of Representatives by Reps. John Larson ...

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      As noted by shellybernal on May 16, 2012, "The most comprehensive and effective is The Fair Elections Now Act (S. 750 and H.R. 1404). It was re-introduced in 2011 in the Senate by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and in the House of Representatives by Reps. John Larson ..." (/url?q=http://streetjusticesociety.com/2012/05/16/u-s-senate-constitution-subcommittee-hearing/&sa=U&ei=55-0T4O8NI-k8QTnvfzrDw&ved=0CDQQmAEwAw&usg=AFQjCNEd5GxFkuInL_MZaG9ijWaDErLBXA)
    • Citizens United Remedy Needed Now More Than Ever :: Fresh ... - January 24, 2012 by Susan Paykin - We renew our call for a remedy to the Citizens United decision, specifically by supporting federal, state, and local initiatives that support public financing systems. The Fair Elections Now Act (S. 750/H.R. 1404) would ensure ...

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      As noted by Susan Paykin on January 24, 2012, "We renew our call for a remedy to the Citizens United decision, specifically by supporting federal, state, and local initiatives that support public financing systems. The Fair Elections Now Act (S. 750/H.R. 1404) would ensure ..." (http://blogs.rj.org/rac/2012/01/23/citizens-united-remedy/)
    • Campaign Reform – P3 – Proposals | Another Voice with Jason and ... - January 19, 2012 by Jason - Fair Elections Now Act (S. 750 & H.R. 1401). The Fair Elections Now Act was re-introduced in 2011 in the Senate by Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill), in the House by Reps John Larson (D-Conn), Walter Jones, Jr. (R-N.Y.), and ...

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      As noted by Jason on January 19, 2012, "Fair Elections Now Act (S. 750 & H.R. 1401). The Fair Elections Now Act was re-introduced in 2011 in the Senate by Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill), in the House by Reps John Larson (D-Conn), Walter Jones, Jr. (R-N.Y.), and ..." (http://canigetawordin.com/2012/01/19/campaign-reform-p3-proposals/)

    Highly Rated News Articles

    • NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn Wants Chick-fil-A Out - July 30, 2012 by Opposing Views - First State Bank, 399 F.3d 940 (8th Cir. 2005); Reuber v. U.S., 750 F.2d 1039 (D.C. Cir. 1985). Government retaliation for speech does not necessarily need to include explicit threats or pressure to violate the First Amendment. For example, if the ...

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      As noted by Opposing Views on July 30, 2012, "First State Bank, 399 F.3d 940 (8th Cir. 2005); Reuber v. U.S., 750 F.2d 1039 (D.C. Cir. 1985). Government retaliation for speech does not necessarily need to include explicit threats or pressure to violate the First Amendment. For example, if the ..." (http://www.opposingviews.com/i/politics/chick-fil-and-free-speech-new-york-city-council-speaker-pressures-university-punish)
    • Olympic Games were the biggest stage for 'Music Man' Walker - July 27, 2012 by nola.com - On game day, Walker’s 750-piece assembly of tambourine players, horn blowers, drummers and flag bearers were dressed in white tuxes, blanketing the Coliseum floor as they marched with military precision, moving from “Stars and Stripes ...

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      As noted by nola.com on July 27, 2012, "On game day, Walker’s 750-piece assembly of tambourine players, horn blowers, drummers and flag bearers were dressed in white tuxes, blanketing the Coliseum floor as they marched with military precision, moving from “Stars and Stripes ..." (http://www.nola.com/olympics/index.ssf/2012/07/olympic_games_were_the_biggest.html)
    • United Technologies closes Goodrich deal - July 27, 2012 by Everything Alabama Blog - The deal means that Goodrich's 750 workers in Foley, who make and repair engine cowlings called nacelles, will be working for United Technologies, an industrial conglomerate based in Hartford, Conn. Goodrich will be combined with Hamilton ...

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      As noted by Everything Alabama Blog on July 27, 2012, "The deal means that Goodrich's 750 workers in Foley, who make and repair engine cowlings called nacelles, will be working for United Technologies, an industrial conglomerate based in Hartford, Conn. Goodrich will be combined with Hamilton ..." (http://blog.al.com/press-register-business/2012/07/united_technologies_closes_goo.html)
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