If you’re a Democratic senator who supported S.2155, the biggest banking deregulation bill since the financial crisis, the odds are that you’ve heard from constituents angry about your vote.

Perhaps it has to do with the surge in organizing around the country since the 2016 election. …

JOINT STATEMENT — Jeff Hauser, Director, Revolving Door Project & David Segal, Executive Director, Rootstrikers

Jeff Hauser, 202–957–9719
Kurt Walters, 202–630–0299

Washington, D.C. — “We need public officials less eager to “revolve out” of critical jobs like FTC Commissioner and immediately go from regulator to “navigator for the regulated.”

“Indeed, while the Wall Street Journal quoted Brill being “excited about the opportunity to help companies and other stakeholders navigate an increasingly complicated regulatory landscape,” progressives committed to government that works well for the common good are unexcited about how routine it is for high ranking regulators to rapidly transform roles into advocates for the regulated.

“Brill provided only nine days of notice of departure from the FTC to join the law firm of Hogan Lovells. Two full weeks of notice is common for jobs barely paying the minimum wage, and one would have thought more, rather than less, notice appropriate for a job with a $200,000 a year salary, great benefits, and rather more significant prestige than for a job as a cashier. Brill was confirmed for a term ending September 25, 2016, and the public had every right to expect that she would serve that time out to completion. …

By Kurt Walters

President Obama recently told the press that his “New Year’s resolution is to move forward on our unfinished business as much as I can.”

As President Obama enters his final 12 months in office, one issue sticks out from his legacy as a glaring example of inaction and unfulfilled promises: the unfettered rise of big money in politics.

President Obama has steps he can take — without Congress or the Supreme Court — to fight secret and unlimited spending in elections. But six years after Citizens United, he has taken none of them.

After a ‘We the People’ petition hosted at PresidentObamasLegacy.org passed the threshold of 100,000 signers, the Obama administration now must publicly respond to a firm set of demands for President Obama to take executive action against secret political spending. …



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