State of Virginia Archives: on Government Reform


Robert Sarvis: No limit on campaign contributions; limit government instead

Q: Do you support limits on the following types of contributions to candidates for state government: Individual?

A: No.

Q: Political Action Committee?

A: No.

Q: Corporate?

A: No.

Q: Political Party?

A: No.

Q: Should candidates for state office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits??

A: No.

Q: Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information??

A: Yes. Regarding campaign-finance restrictions, if there is too much money in politics, it's because there is too much money being parceled out by government, creating the incentive for the lobbying/rent-seeking that produces such campaign-finance largesse. The solution is not limited campaign finance but LIMITED GOVERNMENT.

Source: Virginia State Legislative 2011 PVS Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2011

James Webb: Increasing number of lobbyists is a problem

WEBB: Harris, there have been a lot of reports in the paper about your career as a lobbyist. Iím just wondering how you would fix the problem with, we now have 33,000 lobbyists in Washington, double the number at the beginning of this administration.

MILLER: We need to get rid of several things. 1) We need to get rid of the special interest projects, the so-called pork barrel. I would vote against every one of them. I would make an alliance with Republicans to do that, people like John McCain. 2) I would prohibit any gifts to Congressmen or Senators. George Allen makes $165,000 a year. He doesnít need someone to buy him lunch. 3) I would try to get public funding for TV campaigns. Jim and I are out raising money all the time so we can pay for TV time, I think thatís one part of politics we donít like. I think all other countries allow their candidates some free TV air time to get their views out there. We need to bring that to this country too.

Source: Virginia 2006 Democratic Senate Primary debate Jun 9, 2006

John McCain: Replace battle of bucks with battle of ideas

Unless we restore the peopleís sovereignty over government, unless we reform our public institutions to meet the demands of a new, we will squander our destiny. Toward that end, I have called for the reform of campaign finance practices that have sacrificed our principles to the demands of big money special interests. I have spoken against forces that have turned politics into a battle of bucks instead of a battle of ideas. And for that I have been accused of disloyalty to my party.
Source: Speech in Virginia Beach, VA Feb 28, 2000

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