According to insiders in Common Cause’s national office, several state operations are having trouble raising money, including Texas and Nevada. State offices are expected to raise money to support many of their operations. The national office, in turn, provides additional funds to round out the state program budget. “But most of us can’t do what we’re expected to do without support from Washington,” says the former Common Cause volunteer.
Perhaps most interesting, Common Cause doesn’t seem to discriminate over who actually helps foot the bill for their state offices, which are encouraged to seek money from area nonprofit foundations, wealthy individuals, even small businesses and area companies. “Part of what we promise [donors] is that they will be given a voice in Washington and in our state capitals,” says a Common Cause staffer in California. “In a lot of ways we’re lobbying for money the same way the special interests lobby.”p> TRAFICANT STOPPED br> House Democratic leader Dick Gephardt is hoping to avoid ugliness if and when Ohio Democrat Rep. James Traficant shows up in Washington again. According to a Traficant staffer, one of the few left in his Washington office, Gephardt’s leadership office has barred their boss from the Capitol and threatened to have him arrested and forcibly removed should he attempt to take the floor of the House. Technically, unless the House Ethics committee recommends expulsion and a vote is held, Traficant can’t be barred. Gephardt has been asking Democrats to organize on immediate expulsion of Traficant, in a way that would speed or bypass the ethics committee procedure. “Surprisingly, Gephardt hasn’t had many takers,” says one House member who was approached by the leader. “If I had to put money down, my guess is he’ll get someone like
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