We have seen the results of what special interest money can do as shown in the 2010 elections, (ex: Americans For Prosperity, the Koch brothers funded Tea Party etc.). We must pressure Speaker Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Reid, President Obama and the rest of the Democratic Leadership to immediately bring up and pass the Fair Elections Now Act and the Disclose Act. There are a number of ways we could do this, through the media (with such figures as Rachel Maddow, Ed Schultz, and Keith Olbermann), through petitions which numerous organizations have already set up: http://fairelectionsnow.org/action/ask-congress-support
If we get enough attention to this issue in the media, and got enough people to pressure their congressmen/women, we could get this passed. The public overwhelmingly supports reducing the influence of special interests as shown in the following article:
Here is another very detailed document through the organization Public Campaign Action Fund, outlining the arguments for passage of this act: http://www.publicampaign.org/node/38166
Any other thoughts or ideas on how we could get Congress to pass these reforms and make them a priority for the lame duck session, due to the fact there are so many pressing issues for Democrats to pass in this session?
This is my first time posting an article, and I just really have a passion for diluting the power of special interests, so my apologies for not having the best wording. One of the reasons why I decided to write this article is the effect it has had on my local representation in Congress, as my Congressman Scott Murphy (D-NY 20) lost re-election due to such front groups as Americans for Prosperity and 60 Plus Association.