March 18, 2005

Pew Responds to NY Post Editorial

Following up on the controversy I noted here yesterday, Pew issued the following press release:

    Statement on Campaign Finance Reform

    From Rebecca W. Rimel, President & CEO
    The Pew Charitable Trusts

    As part of its mission to serve the public interest, and to help increase public trust and confidence in U.S. elections, The Pew Charitable Trusts has invested over the last nine years in nonpartisan efforts to help reform the role money plays in campaigns. We are pleased that our involvement, along with that of many others, could play a positive role in helping to spark a national dialogue and ultimately, agreement on options for change.

    Our campaign finance reform grants were focused on work that helped to inform the American public and its leaders about the impact of soft money, the lack of disclosure and the lax enforcement of laws. We joined with leading academic and nonprofit institutions across the ideological spectrum to document the scope of the issue and then supported them to make the resulting research broadly accessible to the public. Over the nine years, these grantees, among others, included The American Enterprise Institute, the League of Women Voters Education Fund, Brigham Young University, the Center for Responsive Politics, The George Washington University, and the University of Utah.

    Any assertion that we tried to hide our support of campaign finance reform grantees is false. As we do with all of our work, we have fully disclosed our support for grantees working on campaign finance reform in a variety of forms over the last nine years, including in organizational publications and tax forms, as well as on our Web site, where a searchable database of grants has been available since 1998.

Ryan Sager, the author of the Post editorial, has posted more video clips of the Treglia talk here.

Posted by Rick Hasen at March 18, 2005 08:44 AM