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Wednesday evening, the U.S. Senate voted 96-3 to pass the STOCK Act (Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act), a bill that would explicitly ban insider trading by members and staff of Congress and federal agencies.

It’s what I would call a “no brainer” to rebuild the trust between Washington politicians and the American public, and the Republican Congress should pass it without delay.

But there’s more work to be done. Congress should pass a comprehensive legislation to take the corrosive influence of corporate money out of our politics and strengthen the ethical standards expected of elected representatives.

There’s hope. This week, my proud state of New Mexico became the first in the nation to pass a resolution in the State House of Representatives calling on Congress to send the states a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United. I’m proud to be co-sponsoring a State Senate resolution mirroring what was passed in the House. I hope New Mexico’s leadership on limiting corporate influence in our democracy will be joined by other states quickly.

I’m also sponsoring a comprehensive package of campaign finance and ethics reforms in the current session of the state legislature, including:

    - Public financing for all state public offices.
    - An independent ethics commission to oversee state elected officials.
    - A ban on state contractors contributing to campaigns.

Some other bills I’ve sponsored in the past few years include closing corporate tax loopholes and asking the richest 1% to pay a more fair tax rate.

As a proud reformer, I look forward to working on these issues on the federal level. So please help me win in 2012 with a $3 contribution today.

Thanks for your support.


Eric Griego
Democrat for Congress (NM-1)


Eric Griego is a New Mexico State Senator and former Albuquerque City Councilor running for the open seat in New Mexico’s First Congressional District.  He is on the Daily Kos Orange to Blue list.

The seat is currently held by Democratic Rep. Martin Heinrich, who is running for the open U.S. Senate seat.  The NM-1 district is rated “Likely Democratic” by the Cook Political Report and Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball.

Currently, Griego is leading all the candidates in the race in fundraising, with more than 13,000 grassroots donors powering his campaign.

Griego is also leading the field in local and national political endorsements and organizational support.  His fast-growing Democratic coalition consists of labor unions, environmental groups, national and local progressive organizations, and local grassroots supporters that already number more than 25,000 members in the district – approximately half of the votes expected to be cast in the 2012 Democratic congressional primary.

Learn more about Eric Griego.

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  •  Good to see the likely winner here (2+ / 0-)

    Best of luck, and we'll be seeing you in Congress!

    A man, a plan, a canal, Panama

    by Karl Rover on Sat Feb 04, 2012 at 12:59:45 PM PST

  •  I think a lot of us are leery of lawmakers writing (1+ / 0-)
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    the rules which govern their own behavior and ostensibly control the donations they may accept. It doesn't even seem all that cynical, given past conduct of too many officials.

    Amending the US Constitution is hard and slow and usually doomed. What do you think about individual states establishing standards for the Congresspeople they send to Washington? Would they be able to enforce those statutes? By having states determine "the rules" there would likely be opportunities for mischief, but I'd expect some individuals and groups to test limits no matter how they are created. Optimistically, it would be great to see the various states compete for the title "Cleanest Government." That may not be the most realistic outcome to expect, but because of the length and difficulty of the amendment process, do you think that effort could have value until we can achieve a better solution?  

    I hope you and Representative Martin Heinrich switch titles (making him a Senator and you Representative).

    It matters not how small the beginning may seem to be: what is once well done is done forever. Henry David Thoreau, in Civil Disobedience

    by Had Enough Right Wing BS on Sat Feb 04, 2012 at 04:55:06 PM PST

    •  That is understandable (0+ / 0-)

      I like your idea about states competing for clean government, although in my state it’s tough to get even enough Democrats to support campaign finance and ethics reforms.

      It was a tough slog, although ultimately successful, when I sponsored and passed public financing for elections and created Inspector General’s office in Albuquerque despite opposition from my current opponent and former mayor Chavez.

      In the current legislative session in the state capitol, I’ve introduced a comprehensive package of reforms that include: public financing of state elections, an independent ethics commission to oversee state elected officials, a ban on state contractors giving to campaigns to influence elections, and a resolution supporting the overturning of Citizens United and calling on Congress to send the states a constitutional amendment to reverse it.

      I do believe that the very character of our democracy is threatened by Citizens United, which if left to fester, will suck the very life out of people’s faith in our government and public institutions to represent them.

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