Restore Democracy 12/17

Attend the January 15th screening of  the new documentary "Pay2Play" in the Wilson Auditorium(Dickinson Building), FDUniversity's Hackensack Campus, 140 University Plaza(Temple Ave),off Hackensack Avenue South in Hackensack. rsvp. www.njppn.org or info@njppn.org

Read: http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2014/11/opinion_christie_provokes_serious_debate_on_campaign_finance.html   Golden used to be an inside player.  He was Tom Kean's communications director during his governorship.

 Huffington Post's Paul Blumenthal goes through Congressional reaction to the big donor "hug" provision in the omnibus, including Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador (R) who says he wishes there had been a debate on it (us too, Raul!). And here's a storify on those reactions.

As always, read Matea Gold and Tom Hamburger on it, with lots of good color from people on the measure that "was written behind closed doors with no public debate." Ken Gross: "The cost of an ambassadorship just went up." The new limits, "in one massive graph." Center for Responsive Politics.

And! Worth noting! "In fact, the deal to jack up donation limits to national party committees was negotiated by top aides to a leading Democrat and Republican: Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid."

and more... Times' Nick Confessore on how that pesky party provision made it in the omnibus that passed this weekend.

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