LA Controller Joins Push To Cap Campaign Spending

LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — City controller Wendy Greuel will join elected officials from five states in a coalition aimed at fighting unlimited campaign spending by corporations and independent groups.

The group is known as CAPS, or Coalition for Accountability in Political Spending, was formed in response to the so-called Citizens United ruling by the Supreme Court. The ruling allows direct corporate funding of televised political ads.

New York City Public Advocate Bill DeBlasio said Monday that CAPS will urge corporations to voluntarily agree not to spend money on political campaigns. It also will press corporations and other groups to disclose all their donors.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is a founding member. In addition to Greuel, CAPS also includes the state treasurers of Pennsylvania and North Carolina, and the New York state comptroller.

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  • rjsmitty

    Wendy is such a die hard demarcate it is really hard to see if she is making this move for the people or does it revile the shadiness of how the dems hide there agenda under the ruse for doing things for you and me.

  • icey ice

    Wow. You look like a victim of underfunded public schooling. Perhaps the republicans will fund a tutor for you.

    • Roberrt

      You forgot to capitalize the R in Republican. The pot should not call the kettle black!

      • icey ice

        That was on purpose, good sir.

    • rjsmitty

      I have just finished 12 months of research over the media and found that they don’t just report news they skew are imply there view on news and in some case’s they just refuse to report the news in an attempt to control what you are expose to under a ruse of “for the good of the people” and in an attempt to steer you to the conclusion that they want you to end at. This my friend should frighten you as you can not just turn the TV on and believe what you hear or see you must do your own investigation and research for the what they don’t want you to have which is the TRUTH.

  • Robert

    I wonder if Ms. Greuel would also call for unions and other such activist organizations to halt campaign contributions or the running of advertisements supporting candidates or ballot propositions?

    • Not a Yank

      To ask the question Robert is to answer it.

  • Sierra

    This is like Al Capone calling for better laws controlling organized crime. The Controller (former Councilwoman) and her Council colleagues such as Garcetti talk about reform but don’t follow or participate in EXISTING campaign finance laws which are now voluntary.

    If politicians are announcing their support for campaign finance reform, they need to take the first step and act with LEADERSHIP by setting an example.

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