campaign finance reform

Pelosi Not Willing to Trade Over Border Wall, Calls It Trump ‘Manhood Issue’
‘It’s probably the worst way to protect the border,’ House minority leader says

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., says she will not trade with President Donald Trump for his border wall, calling it a "manhood issue" for him. (Photo By Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday there is nothing she would trade for President Donald Trump’s border wall, setting a hard negotiating stance in advance of an expected December showdown over the issue.

“It happens to be like a manhood issue for the president, building a wall, and I’m not interested in that,” the California Democrat said during a discussion at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics. 

Activists Brace for Fight Over Campaign Finance Law
Some GOP lawmakers have already introduced legislation that would remove the candidate-contribution caps

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, right, and Arizona Sen. John McCain at a Sept. 20 press conference on military aid to Israel. Cruz wants to reshape campaign finance law in the next Congress. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A newly empowered Republican Party has at least two years in Washington to overhaul everything from the tax code to border security.

Will it also make major changes to campaign finance law?

Money Can't Buy Love — or in Some Cases, Even Elections
Republicans and Democrats think their approach to campaign finance reform is the future

Does money still matter in politics? (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images file photo)

On the surface, the 2016 presidential election looks like an important milestone for those who want to limit the influence of money in politics. After all, populists from opposite ends of the political spectrum, Sen. Bernie Sanders and billionaire Donald Trump, have made campaign finance a major focus. Both argue that their competitors have been bought and paid for, and are looking out for their big-dollar donors instead of the average middle-class Jane.  

But to conservative campaign finance reformers, this presidential election is proving something different: money in campaigns is overrated.  

Super PAC for Campaign Finance Reform Swallowed by Fat Cats (Updated)

A Super PAC set up to work on curbing the influence of big money in politics has received more than a million dollars from a few donors, and hopes to get pledges from other large donors of $5 million more.  

The goal of the Mayday PAC  was to get enough Americans involved to dilute the dominance of big money from a few.