Posted by: JanF | September 9, 2015

Things That Actually Matter: Campaign Finance Reform

While everyone was off chowing down on the nothingburger being served by the bored press (“not sorry?” “sorry” “but are you really really sorry?”), Hillary Clinton was rolling out more of her 2016 presidential campaign platform. On Tuesday, it was campaign finance reform, something that is personal for her.

Did you know Citizens United was started by a conservative group lobbying against Hillary Clinton? Watch as Kristina Schake of the Hillary For America campaign explains why Hillary is passionate about overturning Citizen United, and stoping the flow of dark unaccountable money in campaigns.

Secretary Clinton:

“We have to end the flood of secret, unaccountable money that is distorting our elections, corrupting our political system and drowning out the voices of too many everyday Americans,” Clinton said in a statement. “Our democracy should be about expanding the franchise, not charging an entrance fee. It starts with overturning the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision and continues with structural reform to our campaign finance system so there’s real sunshine and increased participation.” […]

David Donnelly, the president and CEO of Every Voice, a campaign finance reform group, praised Clinton’s plan, noting it was as comprehensive and bold on the issue as the proposals he has seen from any presidential candidate.

“These proposals get us 90 percent to 95 percent there to address the issue of money in our elections,” he said, adding that the additional 5 to 10 percent comes down to enforcing the rules.

To those who call this call for changes hypocritical since Hillary Clinton’s campaign will benefit from Super-PACs:

“Those candidates that are competing in the current system have to play under the rules as they are rather than the rules as they should be,” [Donnelly] said. “Hillary Clinton has chosen to come out with a serious plan to address a major problem that every voter and every candidate knows exists, and the alternative is to basically clam up and not talk about it and accept the way things are.”

Hillary Clinton’s Proposals to Restore Integrity to American Elections Overturning Citizens United

Americans are understandably cynical about a political system that has been hijacked by billionaires and special interests who will spend whatever it takes to crowd out the voices of everyday Americans. And with the rise of unlimited, secret spending in our political process, it is virtually impossible for anyone to really know who or what is influencing our elected officials. On issues from climate change to equal pay and immigration reform, voters won’t believe Washington will work for them unless we take on the power and stranglehold that wealthy interests have over our political system.

Hillary Clinton has made revitalization of our democracy a key pillar of her campaign. She will fight to ensure that our democracy works for everyday Americans and leads to government of, by, and for the people, not just the wealthy and well-connected. Her proposals will curb the outsized influence of big money in American politics, bring sunshine to secret spending, and institute real reform to raise the voices of regular voters. Key proposals include:
1. Overturning Citizens United
– Appoint Supreme Court justices who value the right to vote over the right of billionaires to buy elections.
– Support a constitutional amendment.
2. Ending Secret, Unaccountable Money in Politics
– Push for federal legislation to require effective public disclosure of political spending.
– Promote SEC rulemaking requiring publicly traded companies to disclose all political spending to their shareholders.
– Sign an Executive Order requiring federal government contractors to fully disclose all political spending.
3. Amplifying the Voices of Everyday Americans.

The current system creates disincentives for voters to feel like their participation matters and for candidates to focus more of their attention on regular voters. It also sets up barriers to ordinary people with extraordinary ideas seeking elective office and serving their country, especially women and people of color. Clinton believes we need a system that empowers all citizens to fully participate and have their voices heard.

This is something new:

She will establish a small donor matching system for presidential and congressional candidates that will incentivize small donors to participate in elections and candidates to spend more time engaging a broad, representative cross-section of constituents, and will include matching funds for small donations.

(More at the link)

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Hillary Clinton’s statement about her email accounts:

Here, let me help you with that, Secretary Clinton:
“I know this is a complex story, made more complicated by the Republican Congress bent on making something out of nothing in order to drag down every Democratic presidential candidate, not just me. The same Congress that has obstructed President Obama’s agenda would like nothing better than to take out the one candidate who has promised to protect the policies of the Obama Administration and continue the gains we have made as a country since 2009.”

“p.s. I know that nothing I can say or do will ever change the media’s obsession with these emails, me, or my family. But the American people are smart enough to focus on the things that actually matter, like honest elections”

You’re welcome!! 😉

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