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Issue Position: Campaign Finance Reform

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The Problem

A recent Princeton University study proves that Congress only responds to the desires of the top 10% of income earners. The voices of middle class Americans are drowned out by those wealthy enough to buy lobbyists and purchase politicians through unlimited campaign donations. As a result of a long line of Supreme Court decisions culminating with Citizens United, it is legal for anyone, including faceless, sometimes foreign corporations to spend as much money as they wish to influence our elections. Since this ruling, over $1 Billion has been spent to buy control over our democracy. This year, the Koch brothers, who own a massive multinational conglomerate, have pledged to spend $899 million to do just that. How can your voice be loud enough to be heard over that amount of money?

WE MUST END THIS. PERIOD.

"It's the cancer on the political system…Elections are not fair anymore because of the money involved." -- Gov. Tom Kean (former Governor of New Jersey)

This is not only an issue, but the issue. 80% of Republicans and 83% of Democrats want Citizens United Overturned. If we do not remove the corrosive influence of special interest money from our political system, we will never be able to address the crucial issues of climate change, income and wealth inequality, college tuition, or student debt.

The Solution

My Republican opponent, Leonard Lance, is part of this problem. 93% of his fundraising comes from large contributors and special interests. As your representative, I will fight tirelessly with local, state, and national grass roots organizations to end the absurdities of money equaling speech, corporations having the same rights under the Constitution as you and your children, and reclaim the greatest democracy in the world for the citizens of the United States.

What WE will do:

1. Support a constitutional amendment overturning Citizens United.
2. Support legislation on spending limits for elections, eliminates super PACs, and places strict limitations on lobbying.
3. Support legislation that will enable complete transparency for campaign funding.


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