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Campaign Finance Reform Bill Gathers Momentum

November 16, 2009 by  

Campaign finance reform bill gathers momentum  As the 100th member of the U.S. House of Representatives recently signed on to the Fair Elections Now Act (H.R.1826.), the Fair Elections Now Coalition has called for an urgent passage of the bill.

The bipartisan act, which was introduced by Representative John Larson, a Connecticut Democrat, and Walter Jones, a North Carolina Republican, offers candidates for Congress a way to run for office without having to rely on big money contributors.

Specifically, it provides a public grant to those who qualify by collecting 1,500 contributions from people in their state in amounts of up to $100. After reaching that threshold, the candidates can continue to raise small contributions that are matched on a four-to-one basis up to a limit.

The coalition—which includes groups such as the Brennan Center for Justice, Change Congress and Democracy Matters—has said the only way to have a fair and balanced political debate is by allowing members of Congress to focus their attention on issues other than the pressures of fundraising.

"[The healthcare], energy, and financial regulation debates [show] the power and influence of the millions of dollars well-heeled interests spend in the political process in order to tilt public policy in their favor," it stressed.

The Senate version of the act is sponsored by Democrats Dick Durbin of Illinois and Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania.
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  • Edward Berge

    THEY ALSO SHOULD ONLY BE ABLE TO RAISE MONEY IN THE DISTRICT THAT THEY ARE RUNNIBG IN.

  • Frances Carraway

    You have got to be kidding. Another way to get ahold of taxpayers money.

  • insideknowledge

    Taxes are dollars stolen from me. I don’t want evil people to steal money from me and use it to promote campaigns of people I disagree with. There should be no government funding of election campaigns. There should be no regulation of free gift campaign contributions. The present system is in place to make it easier for the incumbents to keep outsiders from having any reasonable chance of a successful challenge. And of course, the major media are part of that diabolical scheme. The Federal Elections Commission should be abolished. the proposed legislation is just more anti-freedom bureaucracy proposed by evil horses’-ass incumbents.

    • CindyL

      Insideknowledge, are you saying that you don’t want campaign reform? You would rather have the Congressmen paid off by lobbyists for the corporations who want to pass laws which benefit them? You say”The present system is in place to make it easier for the incumbents to keep outsiders from having any reasonable chance of a successful challenge”. Does that mean you only want incumbents to remain in office, without any challenges to their seat? Incumbents is the reason this country is so corrupt that we can’t even function.

  • Warriors

    Let’s just abolish congress since the senators believe they are of superior intellect. This will solve a whole lot of campaign finance issues. Just think of all those people that would actually have to find legitimate employment.

  • Liberty

    If the bill would stay this simple, I believe it would help. I do like the comment from Edward Berge, that they should only be able to raise money in the district they represent. If a candidate would like to run for office, and if they had to talk to and convice 1500 people to support them financially and by their votes, then maybe we would have some honest politicians that are “for the people, by the people” the lobbyists and big-money donors are the only ones with access to politicians. We also need to reverse the amendment that allowed Senators to be elected popularly, they used to have to be designated from their State legislatures. Along with this reform, the bill should also include term limits, and strong rules against legislators going from congress into lobbying.

    • eyeswideopen

      Liberty,Hands clapping, great comment.

  • PBERRY53

    First the Golden Fleece system needs to be abolished. All members MUST be on the Social Security system and pay full taxes – no ifs ands or butts. Pay should be cut to a maximum of 50K yearly and there is to be no pay til death do ye part BS like it exists now. Medical shouold not be free for members and the should be under at least a program like TRICARE like the military has to be (paying end not free like active duty personnel.) Each infraction would cost so many demerits = $$ lost in the monthly paycheck as public servants suffer for wrong-doing. And last but not least FULL contact with those that are in the members area “back home” and must be accountable for all acts of unkindness towards the elderly and disabled, state budgets, etc. The original members were working under a volunteer status which kept them more or less HONEST. If the members can not remember who they represent then they will have to revert back to volunteerizm and nonpaid status. Same to be said of the President. Obama needs to leave and return to the country of origin as he is as anti-American as they come.

  • http://www.ezoutlets.com/cartoon_character_store/videos Ella Grabow

    Wow. How did not I think of that?

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