You know campaign finance reform is a hot topic when it’s featured on two different late night shows on one day. Retiring Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) was on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” yesterday and was asked about what he wouldn’t miss about his time in Congress:
“Fundraising…When people give you money and you do exactly what they don’t want, that’s not a nice thing. … We’re the only people, elected officials, who are supposed to take money from strangers and have it have no influence on our behavior. Practicing being ungrateful takes a bit out of you.”
Meanwhile, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) appeared on the Colbert Report last night to continue her ongoing campaign finance riff with host Stephen Colbert, chatting about her “fetish for transparency.” They struck a deal: Colbert would back the DISCLOSE Act, an attempt to force corporations to disclose their political spending, while Pelosi will encourage her fellow Democratic members to appear on the Colbert Report’s “Better Know a District” segment.
Pelosi also had some wise words on super PACs, a theme currently getting a good chunk of Colbert’s air time:
”I think that if we want to cancel elections and have the wealthiest people of America…give millions, tens of millions of dollars, we can just ask them who do they want to be president, who do they want to be in Congress, who do they want for governor.”
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