04/15/2009 02:46 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Colbert Nails Democrat on Special Interest Cash

Did you see the Colbert Report Tuesday?

Stephen Colbert nailed the connection between special-interest campaign contributions and results in Congress (in a way only he could).

In the process, he also nailed Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), who Colbert accuses of selling out to the Payday Loan industry for a mere $10,000. Gutierrez dramatically watered down his "Payday Loan Reform Act" in a way that will make the Payday industry billions -- at the expense of the little guy.

It was a smart investment for the Payday industry. But it's horrible for our democracy.

Colbert's segment basically made the case for why Congress needs to pass the bipartisan Fair Elections Now Act, which would put in place public funding of congressional elections (while still allowing Obama-style small donations, matching them four to one).

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Check out the Colbert video for yourself on the Change Congress website by clicking here. On that page, you can also take action to get Congress to pass this crucial reform bill.

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