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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

John Oliver on Congressional Fundraising

This is an excerpt about Congressional Fundraising from John Oliver's HBO show, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. It's too bad this wasn't out when we covered the topic but fundraising is quite important now. The House is in play for the Democrats this year so Republicans are focusing on fundraising for their most vulnerable candidates and Obama is busy fundraising for Democratic Members. I knew and the class taught us that Reps. and Senators spend a decent amount of time fundraising but this video suggests that they spend even more time than I had envisioned and sometimes do ridiculous things for $$$! 2/3 of a Senator's time?!

The highlight is the interview with Steve Israel (D-NY), Committee Chair of the DCCC, near the end.

I personally feel that campaign finance reform is something that is seriously needed for reasons in principle and in practice. Trump, Clinton and Sanders have all indicated support for it to varying degrees while Cruz considers it a form of free speech.

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