Campaign Finance Reform
There is too much money in politics and, as much as some politicians like to deny it, money buys influence. In our current system, industries have the upper hand. They are worth billions of dollars and have no issue putting in hundreds of millions towards a candidate’s committees. If an incumbent comes out against them, they pour millions of dollars into their opponent’s campaign. This issue is further exacerbated by the use of dark money and lack of enforcement surrounding campaign finance violations. The funding system has become very complex and far-reaching, and lost in the midst of things are the issues families care about the most. While grassroots, crowd-sourced, funding strategies are effective in theory, they simply cannot create that much funding as quickly. This is why we need comprehensive reform. As your Congressman I would:
- Introduce a federal hard-cap model, whereby the FEC determines a hard-cap funding limit for each Federal race. This ensures no candidate has an unfair spending advantage over their opponent, and it is simply the best ideas that will succeed.
- Develop and advance legislation which would strictly limit campaign spending to campaign committees, such that no committee can have a peripheral influence on a race.
- Support legislation which would repeal the Citizens United ruling, and eliminate dark money.