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Rick Weiland on Government Reform

 


Congress should fight for people, not for big donors

[The four candidates debated at Dakotafest in Mitchell; they] discussed reforming campaign finance. Democrat Rick Weiland said, "People want honesty. They want to believe they are sending someone to Washington DC who is going to fight for them and not the big donors that are bringing them to the dance."

Weiland says he wants to restore honor to Congress. "We've got a government whose approval rating is less than 10 percent. It's because they are not representing the people anymore."

Source: KSFY/ABC News on 2014 South Dakota Senate debate , Aug 27, 2014

Voluntarily limit campaign contributions to maximum of $100

Weiland said, "Mike Rounds has now caved in twice, to big money by boasting he will raise $9 million from out of state big money sources, and also to the extreme right wing of the GOP by supporting Ted Cruz's blackmail scheme [shutting down] the United States government. I call on him to explain why he has thrown his lot in with Cruz and the extremists when his entire career, until he decided he had to pander to win a primary election, was in opposition to the kind of big money extremism he has now embraced," Weiland said.

At the beginning of his campaign, Weiland issued a pledge to Rounds asking him to agree to limit contributions to both campaigns to a maximum of $100. Rounds refused the pledge and also turned down Weiland's offer to meet with him to discuss ways in which they could reduce the impact of big money on the race.

Source: AdWatch: Weiland campaign email: 2014 Oklahoma Senate debate , Oct 15, 2013

We're hijacked by big money special interests

Our country has been hijacked by big money special interests. Big corporations have embedded themselves into our government, wasting our tax dollars with bloated contracts and buying off the people who are supposed to be giving us a fair shake.

I'm run

Source: 2014 Senate campaign website, rickweiland.com, "Priorities" , Oct 9, 2013

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