Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Progressives United

Russ Feingold, the progressive senator from Wisconsin who was ousted in the November elections, has started up a PAC, Progressives United, in an effort to counter the increasing influence of money in our politics.  The organisation is targeting the likes of 'Citizens United', who won the landmark Supreme Court case last year (Money=Free Speech, Corporations=Individuals, so have at it and may the biggest wallet win!).

It will be interesting to see whether the PAC makes any headway, and whether it becomes the vehicle for something larger, whether a progressive primary or general election challenge to Obama (on issues like cuts to public services and the wars in Pakistan and Afghanistan) and the far-right that seems to dominate the Republican Party, or a significant grass-roots movement to push our politics back to the social democratic consensus that was emerging earlier in the century.

At the very least, take a look at the website (it's been down on and off today), and Feingold's interview on MSNBC.

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