Campaign Finance Reform

Campaign Finance Reform

The current state of campaign finance is abhorrent. My main concern is that our elected officials have to spend an obscene amount of time fund-raising and cow-towing to special interests, lobbyists and Super Pacs to ensure they have sufficient funds to mount their next campaigns. Rather than begging for funds, our leaders should be leading, governing, and acting for ALL the citizens rather than the chosen few who can afford lavish donations.

My concerns are many but the next largest concern is the influence that these massive funds have on our Legislators’ decisions. There is no incentive for a politician to vote against their largest donor or to hold those industries accountable if there is a chance the next donations will go elsewhere. It is a pay-to-play system which has hijacked the governance of our Nation.

Congress should immediately draft and pass a law or Constitutional Amendment which overturns Citizens United. In the meantime, and since that is unlikely to happen rapidly enough, the parties and candidates should disavow those Super Pac funds and should pass laws which make any donations and the donor’s information publicly available. There should be no more shadow-donations or donors. Further, the sources of funds for “issue ads” should have to be disclosed so as to permit truthful discourse.

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