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  • CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM
  • TERM LIMITS
  • REDISTRICTING
Winning Issue » CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM


It is generally accepted that large amounts of money corrupt the election process. Wealthy people, unions and corporations often make campaign donations to gain access to elected officials and influence policy. Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission is a Supreme Court case that has had a huge effect on political campaigns. The court ruled that corporations, unions and other entities have the same First Amendment right of free speech as individuals. It also ruled that campaign contributions are a form of free speech. This decision removed the ban on corporations and organizations from using the funds in their treasuries to support or oppose a candidate’s campaign. Critics disagree that corporations and unions have the same free speech rights as people. They say money is not speech and that humans, not corporations, are those who are entitled to constitutional rights. They say Citizen’s United has resulted in viewers being bombarded with untruthful campaign ads. And they warn the infusion of unlimited money into our political process will enable these entities to buy our elections. Surveys have shown that 62% of Americans oppose the Citizens United ruling, and at least 16 states seem to agree with them. These states have backed resolutions calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United decision.


Pending Legislation:
H.R.430 - DISCLOSE 2015 Act
S.J.Res.4 - A bill proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to restore the rights of the American people that were taken away by the Supreme Court's decision in the Citizens United case and related decisions, to protect the integrity of our elections and to limit the corrosive influence of money in our democratic process




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  • I oppose reforming current campaign finance reform policy and wish to defeat H.R.430 - DISCLOSE 2015 Act or S.J.Res.4 - A bill proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to restore the rights of the American people that were taken away by the Supreme Court's decision in the Citizens United case and related decisions, to protect the integrity of our elections and to limit the corrosive influence of money in our democratic process, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support a constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United decision by declaring that; whereas the right to vote in public elections belongs only to natural persons as U.S. citizens, so shall the ability to make contributions and expenditures to influence the outcome of public elections belong only to natural persons, and wish to identify a legislator who will pass S.J.Res.4 - A bill proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to restore the rights of the American people that were taken away by the Supreme Court's decision in the Citizens United case and related decisions, to protect the integrity of our elections and to limit the corrosive influence of money in our democratic process, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Sen. Chuck Grassley (IA) and/or Sen. Bernard Sanders (VT), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
  • I support sponsoring a constitutional amendment prohibiting donations and all other remuneration, both monetary and non-monetary, from being accepted by any legislator or their associates, family members, re-election or political action committees, or from any other entity; prohibiting any person, group or entity from offering or giving such remuneration to a legislator or their associates, family members, re-election and political action committees, and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Sen. Al Franken (MN) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
  • I support amending the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to redefine the term "independent expenditure" as an expenditure by a person that, when taken as a whole, expressly advocates the election or defeat of a clearly identified candidate; prescribing: (1) disclosure requirements for corporations, labor organizations, and certain other entities; and (2) disclaimer requirements for campaign-related disbursements and for certain communications; requiring any communication transmitted through radio or television to include an individual or organizational disclosure statement, together with: (1) the Top Two Funders List of the persons providing the largest and second largest aggregate payments of $10,000 or more for a radio communication, and (2) the Top Five Funders List of the five persons providing the largest aggregate payments of $10,000 or more for a television communication, and wish to pass H.R.430 - DISCLOSE 2015 Act, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Candice Miller (MI) and/or Rep. Chris Van Hollen (MD), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option
  • I support a constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United decision by declaring that; whereas the right to vote in public elections belongs only to natural persons as U.S. citizens, so shall the ability to make contributions and expenditures to influence the outcome of public elections belong only to natural persons, and wish to identify a legislator who will pass S.J.Res.4 - A bill proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to restore the rights of the American people that were taken away by the Supreme Court's decision in the Citizens United case and related decisions, to protect the integrity of our elections and to limit the corrosive influence of money in our democratic process, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Sen. Chuck Grassley (IA) and/or Sen. Bernard Sanders (VT), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
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Trustee Candidates

If elected as a trustee, the campaign committee of Sen. Chuck Grassley (IA) will be unconditionally awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting him to favorably consider passing S.J.Res.4 - A bill proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to restore the rights of the American people that were taken away by the Supreme Court's decision in the Citizens United case and related decisions, to protect the integrity of our elections and to limit the corrosive influence of money in our democratic process. If more than $1,000 has been pledged, the campaign committee of sponsor Sen. Bernard Sanders (VT) will be unconditionally awarded 10% of these funds.

Legislation: S.J.Res.4 - A bill proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to restore the rights of the American people that were taken away by the Supreme Court's decision in the Citizens United case and related decisions, to protect the integrity of our elections and to limit the corrosive influence of money in our democratic process
Sponsor: Sen. Bernard Sanders, VT
Status: Senate Judiciary Committee
Chairman: Sen. Chuck Grassley, IA


If elected as a trustee, the Brennan Center for Justice will be awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting these funds be used to work and advocate for passing a Constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.

The Brennan Center is a leading intellectual force in developing policies that ensure the public interest can counter the power of special interests. It warns that new forms of big money threaten to undermine American democracy. Citizens United and other court rulings obliterated a century of campaign finance laws. Now a handful of special interests threaten to dominate political funding, often through Super PACs and shadowy nonprofits. It states that public trust in government has plummeted. The Brennan Center seeks to advance a new system of small donor public financing for federal and state elections. This would provide multiple matching funds for small gifts and give ordinary voters a far louder voice in presidential and congressional elections. It states that to counter the outsized role of big money in politics, we must flood the system with millions of new voters. The Brennan Center’s signature pro-participation reform would use digital technology to register all eligible citizens, automatically and permanently. It also seeks a new legal context for money in politics: a long-term drive to overturn Citizens United so that the Constitution is once again read as a charter for a self-governing democracy. The Brennan Center works with policy makers and activists to help draft and enact legislation, defend campaign finance laws in court, and promote innovative public financing solutions nationwide, particularly small donor matching fund systems.
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Trustee Election - Opening Date
February 27, 2020
Trustee Election - Closing Date
March 4, 2020