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Reform Groups to Aim for Public Financing

Government reform advocates announced Thursday morning they will focus their efforts in the 111th Congress on promoting public financing for Congressional elections and reforming the existing presidential financing system.

“In order to fix Washington, the fundamental problems caused by the undue influence of contributions over government decisions must be effectively addressed,” a coalition of seven reform groups said in a statement announcing their “integrity reform agenda.”

“While other issues on our reform agenda are important, the way Washington works is not going to change until we fundamentally change the nation’s campaign finance laws.”

The statement, issued by the Brennan Center for Justice, the Campaign Legal Center, Common Cause, Democracy 21, the League of Women Voters, Public Citizen and U.S. PIRG, noted the groups will also focus on other campaign finance issues and continue to monitor ethics enforcement in the coming months.

In particular, government reform advocates said they will advocate reform of the Federal Election Commission, including setting new standards for commissioners appointed to the panel.

In addition, the groups will focus on fundraising issues, including efforts to curb the use of leadership political action committees as well as greater transparency for fundraising bundling.

The reform groups also plan to monitor ethics and lobbying rules enacted in the 110th Congress to ensure the proper interpretation and enforcement of those laws, including the operation of the new House Office of Congressional Ethics.

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