The Buzz

April 30, 2013

Obama campaign reform push fizzles

Even push to overturn controversial Supreme Court ruling appears dead

The Buzz

The facts, faces and hum of local politics with Steve Kraske and Dave Helling

President Barack Obama’s long-promised push to reform the nation’s campaign finance system is stalled.

For campaign reform advocates, the administration’s second term actions -- or inactions -- have been nothing more than a string of disappointments.

He’s transformed his campaign commmittee into an advocacy group that can accept unlimited donations. And his promise to push for a constitutional amendment to overturn the

Citizens United

court ruling also gone nowhere.

“It’s disgraceful, absolutely disgraceful,” said Arizona Sen. John McCain, a Republican, who ran against Obama in 2008 and has spent years trying to limit the amount of money that pours into federal political campaigns.

The non-action trend extends to the statehouses. Nothing is expected to pass in either Jefferson City or Topeka this year.

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