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Fritz Hollings on Making Government Work
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July 25, 2008

Ernest "Fritz" Hollings is used to shaking things up in Washington, DC. In his 36 years in the Senate he authored bills on issues from automobile fuel economy to deficit reduction. But now Hollings is working on a government reform project he can only conduct from the outside — getting the money out of politics and the politics back in to Congress.

It's no secret that the 2008 campaign will be the most expensive presidential race of all time — but the race for money is beleaguering all levels of elected officials.

The hardest working people in the world are the congressmen and senators. We work from early morning 'til late at night and all weekend and everything else. But we're working now, not for the country, but for the campaign.
Fritz Hollings outlines his plans for getting Washington off the money mill in a new book called MAKING GOVERNMENT WORK.

Below you'll find online tools for tracking your candidates finances — who's giving, and how much they're taking.

Ernest F. "Fritz" Hollings

Fritz HollingsErnest "Fritz" Hollings served as a soldier during World War II, as a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from Charleston, 1949 to 1954, as Lieutenant Governor, 1955 to 1959, as Governor, 1959 to 1963, and finally, as U.S. Senator, 1966 to 2005.

As a state representative, Hollings supported anti-lynching legislation, a sales tax to support education, an increase in teacher's salaries, and reform of unemployment compensation. He went after and won over industrial interests for the state as Lieutenant Governor and built on this success as Governor. He worked to improve the state's educational system at all levels, develop industry, and balance the state budget, helping South Carolina to earn the AAA credit rating.

Hollings served in the U.S. Senate from 1966 until his retirement in January 2005. Recognized as a policy expert on the budget, telecommunications, the environment, defense, trade, and space, he is the author of the Coastal Zone Management Act (1972), the Ocean Dumping Act (1972), and the Automobile Fuel Economy Act (1975) and coauthor of the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Deficit Reduction Act (1985). Hollings led in the creation of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children in 1972 and passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

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Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest
Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest (CLPI) promotes, supports and protects 501(c)(3) nonprofit advocacy and lobbying in order to strengthen participation in our democratic society and advance charitable missions. The Web site contains information on effective lobbying procedures.

Center for Public Integrity
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The Center for Responsive Politics
The Center for Responsive Politics is a non-partisan, non-profit research group based in Washington, D.C. that tracks money in politics, and its effect on elections and public policy. The site contains comprehensive databases on 527s, PACS and breakdown of dollars by representative, major donors, donors by industry, and many others.

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Follow the Money: The Institute on Money in State Politics
The Institute on Money in State Politics is a national nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to accurate, comprehensive and unbiased documentation and research on campaign finance at the state level. The Institute develops searchable databases, makes them available to the public online, and analyzes the information to determine the role campaign money plays in public policy debates in the states.

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Public Campaign
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Cato: Money and Politics
The Cato Institute seeks to broaden the parameters of public policy debate to allow consideration of the traditional American principles of limited government, individual liberty, free markets and peace. In the articles on this web site, Cato scholars explain why the various proposals for extensive new regulations on campaign finance are unconstitutional, based on faulty assumptions and destined to result in unintended and undesirable consequences.

Published July 25, 2008

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