Campaign Finance Reform

On this page you will find my positions on an issue that was discussed on the ISSUES page of this website. The purpose of this summary is to provide voters in the 9th District and others an indication about how I will vote in Congress and what policies I will support or oppose. This summary is not intended to be comprehensive. I welcome any feedback or questions. I do not address specific bills that have been introduced in Congress but not enacted into law. These bills are subject to amendments and re-filings that could change my support or opposition.

In general, it is my view that Congress considers and often approves too much legislation, as do state and local legislators. We have too many laws and regulations, the bulk of which are redundant, ambiguous, and often unintelligible. I believe that no legislation is almost always better than bad legislation. I will not vote for so-called omnibus bills or other massive pieces of legislation that combine too many disparate issues. I will not vote for the bad to get the good. And I will not vote for any bill that I have not been given time to fully consider.

 

Campaign Finance Reform

I will support (and introduce or endorse) several simple measures that would immediately reduce the power of money and special interests in Washington. They include:

___ Reduce the limit for individual campaign contributions from the current $2,700 per election ($5,400 per campaign) to $1,000 per election ($2,000 per campaign). Prohibit contributions of any kind or amount from other candidates, minors, lobbyists, government employees, government contractors, and anyone else who regularly does business with the government. Prohibit sitting members of Congress from directly soliciting campaign contributions while Congress is in session.

___ Prohibit campaign contributions of any kind or amount to candidates or their committees from any organizations, including businesses, non-profits, political parties, unions, religious groups, and other associations.

___ Limit the total amount candidates and their committees can spend on a political campaign to one dollar per registered voter in the constituency, per election; and limit the amount a candidate can personally contribute, loan, or spend in a campaign to one half the overall limit (i.e. $.50 per registered voter).

___ Require full disclosure of founders, organizers, officers, and contributors of political action committees (PACs), Super PACs, and all other organizations and groups whose purpose is to influence public policy or the results of elections.

___ Eliminate all tax exemptions and deductibility of contributions to all such organizations and groups whose purpose is to influence public policy or the results of elections.

___ Enact laws prohibiting the public disclosure and dissemination of false and misleading information about candidates, issues, and other matters of public policy; with statutory penalties and liability for damages assessed against responsible persons, organizations and their principals.

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