Trustee Election
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  • ELECTORAL COLLEGE
  • ELECTION PROCEDURES
  • PUBLIC FUNDING OF ELECTIONS
Winning Issue » PUBLIC FUNDING OF ELECTIONS


Many people say that most of the problems with our political system result from the large sums of money needed to finance election campaigns. It is estimated that about $6 billion was spent during the last presidential election. Most campaign funds are spent on radio, television and Internet advertising. Critics of this system claim the candidate who airs the most television commercials will often win an election regardless of any other factor. Politicians often complain that fund-raising activities now take up more of their time than state business. Some advocates have proposed that the funding for these campaigns should be provided by taxpayers rather than special interest groups. Advocates claim the public’s funding of election campaigns would help rid our politics of undue influence, level the playing field between candidates, and control the amount of money spent in these contests. Currently, there exists a system for the partial public funding of presidential elections. This system matches the first $250 a person contributes to an individual, a party convention and the general election campaign. To receive subsidies, candidates must qualify by privately raising $5,000 in at least 20 states, and agree to limit their spending according to a preset formula. Candidates that refuse these matching funds are free to spend as much privately-raised money as they wish. Those who support public campaign funding say incentives need to be higher in order for more candidates to choose the public funding option.


Pending Legislation:
H.R.20 - Government By the People Act of 2015
H.R.424 - Empowering Citizens Act



Options


  • I oppose reforming current public funding of elections policy and wish to defeat H.R.20 - Government By the People Act of 2015 and H.R.424 - Empowering Citizens Act, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support amending the Internal Revenue Code and the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to revise the system of public financing for presidential primary and general elections occurring after January 1, 2016, and to establish a system of public financing for congressional elections; increasing the amount of matching funds for presidential primaries from a one-to-one match to a six-to-one match for contributions of $250 or less from individuals, with a limit on aggregate individual contributions of $1,000; limiting the total amount of payments to a presidential primary candidate to $300 million; prohibiting presidential primary candidates from accepting contributions or bundled contributions from lobbyists or political action committees (PACs, and wish to pass H.R.424 - Empowering Citizens Act, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Candice Miller (MI) and/or Rep. David Price (NC), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
  • I support creating a state voucher pilot program to provide individuals, upon his or her request, with a "My Voice Voucher" worth $50; authorizing the individual to submit the My Voice Voucher to qualified federal election candidates, allocating a portion of its value in $5 increments; requiring the Federal Election Commission to pay any candidate who transmits a My Voice Voucher to receive that portion of its value which the individual allocated to the candidate, and wish to pass H.R.20 - Government By the People Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Candice Miller (MI) and/or Rep. John Sarbanes (MD), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option
  • I support amending the Internal Revenue Code and the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to revise the system of public financing for presidential primary and general elections occurring after January 1, 2016, and to establish a system of public financing for congressional elections; increasing the amount of matching funds for presidential primaries from a one-to-one match to a six-to-one match for contributions of $250 or less from individuals, with a limit on aggregate individual contributions of $1,000; limiting the total amount of payments to a presidential primary candidate to $300 million; prohibiting presidential primary candidates from accepting contributions or bundled contributions from lobbyists or political action committees (PACs, and wish to pass H.R.424 - Empowering Citizens Act, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Candice Miller (MI) and/or Rep. David Price (NC), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
There has been $0.00 pledged in support of this issue
Trustee Candidates

If elected as a trustee, the campaign committee of Rep. Candice Miller (MI) will be unconditionally awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting her to favorably consider passing H.R.424 - Empowering Citizens Act. If more than $1,000 has been pledged, the campaign committee of sponsor Rep. David Price (NC) will be unconditionally awarded 10% of these funds.

Legislation: H.R.424 - Empowering Citizens Act
Sponsor: Rep. David Price, NC
Status (2):
House Administration Committee
Chairwoman: Rep. Candice Miller, MI
House Ways and Means Committee
Chairman: Rep. Paul Ryan, WI

If elected as a trustee, Public Citizen will be awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting these funds be used to work and advocate for public financing of elections and reducing the influence of individual-candidate Super PACs in Federal elections.

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Trustee Election - Opening Date
April 9, 2020
Trustee Election - Closing Date
April 15, 2020