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Should Barack Obama Be President? by Fred Zimmerman, published Oct. 2006



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Roseanne Barr on Government Reform
Peace and Freedom Party nominee for President
Click here for 2 full quotes by Roseanne Barr OR click here for Roseanne Barr on other issues.
  • Stricter limits on political campaign funds. (Sep 2012)
  • Ballot Access in all 50 states; end Electoral College. (Aug 2012)
Joe Biden on Government Reform
Vice President; previously Democratic Senator (DE)
Click here for 30 full quotes by Joe Biden OR click here for Joe Biden on other issues.
  • As V.P., serves as bipartisan dealmaker with Congress. (Mar 2014)
  • 1987: Bork fight changed rules of nomination process. (Oct 2010)
  • 1973: Senators deserve more than $42,000 salary. (Oct 2010)
  • Led fight against Bork based on ideology. (Oct 2008)
  • Countries without state-church separation are in turmoil. (Oct 2008)
  • Transparency on earmarks: $250B earmarked for Del. In 2009. (Sep 2008)
  • Radical change to preserve family farmers. (Dec 2007)
  • As Judiciary Chair, rejected Bork and supported Thomas. (Nov 2007)
  • Would consider a Republican for head of DHS or Pentagon. (Aug 2007)
  • Pledges to stop no-bid contracts. (Aug 2007)
  • 1988: led fight against nomination of Robert Bork. (Jul 2007)
  • The greatest sin is abuse of power. (Jul 2007)
  • Roberts & Alito have turned Supreme Court upside down. (Jul 2007)
  • History of racism was keeping black Americans from voting. (Jul 2007)
  • Modern Congress is much cleaner than in 1970s or 1950s. (Feb 2003)
  • Campaign reform in 1980s made more problems than it solved. (Feb 2003)
  • Disallowed bringing pornography issues into Thomas hearing. (Feb 2003)

    Voting Record

  • 1987: Rejected Bork on grounds of too-strong originalism. (Nov 2009)
  • Voted YES on granting the District of Columbia a seat in Congress. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring photo ID to vote in federal elections. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted NO on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on banning "soft money" contributions and restricting issue ads. (Mar 2002)
  • Voted NO on require photo ID (not just signature) for voter registration. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted YES on banning campaign donations from unions & corporations. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on funding for National Endowment for the Arts. (Aug 1999)
  • Voted YES on favoring 1997 McCain-Feingold overhaul of campaign finance. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted YES on Approving the presidential line-item veto. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted NO on banning more types of Congressional gifts. (Jul 1995)
  • Establish the United States Public Service Academy. (Mar 2007)
Jeb Bush on Government Reform
Republican FL Governor; V.P. prospect
Click here for 22 full quotes by Jeb Bush OR click here for Jeb Bush on other issues.
  • Vetoed more than $2.3 billion in earmarks. (Jan 2015)
  • No conspiracy of hackers manipulating electronic voting. (Feb 2014)
  • 2005: Disallowed early voting in schools or churches. (Feb 2014)
  • Legislative term limits strengthened Bush's executive power. (Dec 2009)
  • OpEd: Foundation for Florida's Future hides campaign donors. (Dec 2009)
  • Refused to fund state agency requests for specific services. (Dec 2009)
  • Mature society can empty government buildings of workers. (Dec 2009)
  • Judges should respect primacy of Legislature & Executive. (Dec 2009)
  • Asked judicial candidates: Are you a God-fearing churchgoer? (Dec 2009)
  • 2004: Purged felons list from eligible voters. (Dec 2009)
  • 2005: Achieved goal of restraining growth in spending. (Dec 2009)
  • Longer time and more fees to see public records. (Feb 2007)
  • Scrubbed voter registration rolls to eliminate felons. (Feb 2007)
  • Government is an obsolete dinosaur. (Feb 2007)
  • Challenge relying on government for satisfaction. (Nov 2006)
  • Even private citizens have a public service role. (Nov 2006)
  • Keep legislation small and focused: no mammoth “train” bills. (Jun 2001)
  • Reform Civil Service: “Service First”. (Mar 2001)
  • Privatize & outsource govt; fee holidays for contractors. (Jun 2000)
  • No campaign spending limits; no public financing. (Nov 1998)
  • Proper role: public order & general welfare. (Nov 1995)
  • Reforms must respect state's rights to select electors. (Aug 2001)
Ben Carson on Government Reform
Click here for 6 full quotes by Ben Carson OR click here for Ben Carson on other issues.
  • Covertly spy on government workers to make them work harder. (Jun 2015)
  • 5-year federal hiring freeze, to decrease size of government. (Jan 2015)
  • Human nature makes giving up power difficult. (Jan 2012)
  • Too many lawyers in government; get more doctors in. (Jan 2012)
  • Lengthen House term to 6-10 years, with no re-election. (Jan 2012)
  • Bloated government keeps itself busy to justify existence. (Jan 2012)
Lincoln Chafee on Government Reform
Independent RI Governor; previously Republican Senator (1999-2007)
Click here for 9 full quotes by Lincoln Chafee OR click here for Lincoln Chafee on other issues.
  • Vindicated for opposing Alito, by Alito's bad votes. (Aug 2006)
  • Has concerns about Bush's expansion of executive power. (Aug 2006)
  • Voted YES on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on banning "soft money" contributions and restricting issue ads. (Mar 2002)
  • Voted YES on require photo ID (not just signature) for voter registration. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted YES on banning campaign donations from unions & corporations. (Apr 2001)
  • Restrict lobbyist gifts & disclose lobbyist info on Internet. (Dec 2005)
  • Reduce federal government size & scope, including military. (Sep 1998)
Hillary Clinton on Government Reform
Secretary of State; previously Democratic Senator (NY)
Click here for 49 full quotes by Hillary Clinton OR click here for 6 older headlines OR click here for Hillary Clinton on other issues.
  • FactCheck: Yes, more legislation & sponsorships than Obama. (Apr 2008)
  • Transparent government includes federal agency blogs. (Jan 2008)
  • Never abuse the purpose of signing statements. (Dec 2007)
  • Change system from the inside, not from the outside. (Nov 2007)
  • End no-bid contracts, end revolving door in government. (Aug 2007)
  • 1978: chaired Legal Services Corp. while at Rose Law Firm. (Jul 2007)
  • Create a public service academy, like military academy. (Jun 2007)
  • 1970s: Worked on 18-year-old voting Amendment. (Jun 2007)
  • Cut gov’t contractors and end privatization of government. (Feb 2007)
  • $5M in New York state “pork barrel” bills thru 2004. (Oct 2006)
  • Triangulation replaces partisanship with a dynamic center. (Nov 2003)
  • Defined appropriate high crimes for impeaching Nixon in 1973. (Nov 2003)
  • Visited many non-governmental programs on India trip. (Feb 2003)
  • Whitewater investigation ends; Hillary questions $52M spent. (Sep 2000)
  • New Democrat: Government is not the solution to all problems. (Feb 2000)
  • Give big states a big slice of federal pie. (Aug 1999)
  • We need strong and efficient governments. (Jun 1999)
  • Government should help people, not support bureaucracy. (Feb 1997)
  • 1973: Researched Nixon's White House tapes. (Aug 1993)
  • Only explicit felonies should trigger impeachment. (Feb 2004)

    Campaigns & Voting

  • Consider Constitutional Amendment against Citizen's United. (Jul 2014)
  • Voter suppression revives old demons of discrimination. (Aug 2013)
  • Fight obstacles to voting disguised as election fraud claims. (Aug 2013)
  • Get D.C. full voting rights, plus more direct federal funds. (Feb 2008)
  • Stand for public financing and getting money out of politics. (Jan 2008)
  • HILL-PAC is one of politics biggest money-raisers. (Nov 2007)
  • Public financing would fix campaign donor problems. (Sep 2007)
  • Presidents should reveal donations to their foundations. (Sep 2007)
  • Move to public election financing, not banning lobbyists. (Aug 2007)
  • Same-day voter registration; no oppressive ID requirements. (Jul 2007)
  • Verified paper ballot for every electronic voting machines. (Nov 2006)
  • Right to vote is precious & needs protection. (Sep 2005)
  • HILLPAC raised $31M through 2002. (Feb 2004)
  • Soft money ban & independent ad ban for Senate campaign. (Feb 2000)

    Voting Record

  • Count Every Vote Act: end voting discrimination by race. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on granting the District of Columbia a seat in Congress. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring photo ID to vote in federal elections. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted NO on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO on establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on banning "soft money" contributions and restricting issue ads. (Mar 2002)
  • Voted NO on require photo ID (not just signature) for voter registration. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted YES on banning campaign donations from unions & corporations. (Apr 2001)
  • Voluntary public financing for all general elections. (Aug 2000)
  • Criminalize false or deceptive info about elections. (Nov 2005)
  • Reject photo ID requirements for voting. (Sep 2005)
  • Post earmarks on the Internet before voting on them. (Jan 2006)
  • Establish the United States Public Service Academy. (Mar 2007)
  • Prohibit voter intimidation in federal elections. (Mar 2007)
  • Prohibit 'voter caging' which intimidates minority voting. (Nov 2007)
Ted Cruz on Government Reform
Click here for 15 full quotes by Ted Cruz OR click here for Ted Cruz on other issues.
  • If you like special interests, I ain't your guy. (Aug 2015)
  • Executive actions override Congress & the Constitution. (Nov 2014)
  • Stop IRS from asking: 'tell me the content of your prayers'. (Mar 2014)
  • Presidents should not pick & choose laws to enforce. (Mar 2014)
  • End Washington cronyism via Congressional term limits. (Mar 2014)
  • Obama dishonors Constitution by bypassing Congress. (Jan 2014)
  • Obama's executive orders is open door for future lawlessness. (Jan 2014)
  • Debt ceiling limits "blank check" of federal spending. (Jan 2014)
  • Dems want to get as many Americans as possible dependent. (Oct 2012)
  • Head of the Center for Tenth Amendment Studies. (Jul 2011)
  • Require voters to show ID to avoid voter fraud. (Jul 2011)
  • Identify constitutionality in every new congressional bill. (Jul 2010)
  • Audit federal agencies, to reform or eliminate them. (Jul 2010)
  • Moratorium on all earmarks until budget is balanced. (Jul 2010)
  • Prohibit IRS audits targeting Tea Party political groups. (Feb 2014)
Carly Fiorina on Government Reform
Click here for 6 full quotes by Carly Fiorina OR click here for Carly Fiorina on other issues.
  • Zero-based budgeting, and civil service pay-for-performance. (Mar 2015)
  • Hillary shouldn't accept foreign money in her PAC. (Feb 2015)
  • Abolish earmarks; limit federal salaries. (Sep 2010)
  • American dream is perishable, if government keeps growing. (Mar 2010)
  • In a complex organization, change takes time. (Sep 2007)
  • Change is not bad; change is necessary. (Sep 2007)
Jim Gilmore on Government Reform
Senate challenger 2008; previously Republican Governor (VA)
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  • Reforms must respect state's rights to select electors. (Aug 2001)
Lindsey Graham on Government Reform
Republican Sr Senator; previously Representative (SC-3)
Click here for 18 full quotes by Lindsey Graham OR click here for Lindsey Graham on other issues.
  • Constitutional amendment to limit spending by super PACs. (Jun 2015)
  • Increase campaign contribution limits; but no foreigners. (Nov 2000)
  • Voted NO on Congressional pay raise. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted NO on providing a US House seat for the District of Columbia. (Feb 2009)
  • Voted NO on granting the District of Columbia a seat in Congress. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring photo ID to vote in federal elections. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted YES on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted NO on banning soft money donations to national political parties. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
  • Sponsored bill allowing individual votes on each earmark. (Feb 2006)
  • Require Internet disclosure of all earmarks. (May 2010)
  • Matching fund for small donors, with debate requirements. (Feb 2013)
  • Prohibit IRS audits targeting Tea Party political groups. (Feb 2014)
  • Restrict campaign donations from foreigners or 3rd parties. (May 1999)
  • Require all laws to cite Constitutional authorization. (Jun 2009)
  • Limit punitive damages; term limits on Congress. (Sep 1994)
  • Government is too big, too intrusive, too easy with money. (Sep 1994)
Mike Huckabee on Government Reform
Former Republican AR Governor; possible draft candidate
Click here for 28 full quotes by Mike Huckabee OR click here for Mike Huckabee on other issues.
  • Shelves of law books means absence of moral behavior. (Nov 2008)
  • Red tape increases more than taxes--but costs just as much. (Nov 2008)
  • Self-government by Golden Rule is ideal best. (Nov 2008)
  • Roach Motel: DC supposedly place to serve, not to be served. (Nov 2008)
  • Elections by E-Bay? Media focuses on money over ideas. (Nov 2008)
  • Raise donor limit to largest self-donation, even if $5M. (Nov 2008)
  • Fundamental difference with McCain on campaign finance. (Feb 2008)
  • States should be laboratories of good government. (Jan 2008)
  • Transparency on spending will prune back Congress’ earmarks. (Jan 2008)
  • Focus on uniting the country. (Dec 2007)
  • Allow DC residents to vote on getting Representatives. (Sep 2007)
  • Require photo ID for voting, to avoid fraud. (Sep 2007)
  • Ok if church identifies candidates who favor its principles. (Sep 2007)
  • Attacking others’ integrity reflects people’s own immorality. (Jun 2007)
  • Govern by “Regnat Populus,” AR’s motto “The People Rule”. (Jun 2007)
  • Honor the Tenth Amendment & strengthen the states. (May 2007)
  • Supports term limits for state legislators. (Nov 2002)
  • Limit campaign contributions, but no public funding. (Nov 2002)
  • Not more government, but more efficient government. (Jan 2001)
  • Disclose political gifts, but don’t prohibit them. (Oct 2000)
  • Negative campaigning works with some voters but not with God. (Oct 2000)
  • Decide based on next generation, not next election. (Oct 2000)
  • As governor, recognize God's moral authority. (Sep 1997)
  • Pastors & politicians both need communication & volunteers. (Sep 1997)
  • Term limits counter election skewed laws toward incumbents. (Nov 1992)
  • Change House terms to 4 years, to avoid constant campaigning. (Nov 1992)
  • Won’t vote for pay raise for myself as member of Congress. (Nov 1992)
  • Reforms must respect state's rights to select electors. (Aug 2001)
Bobby Jindal on Government Reform
Republican Governor; previously Representative (LA-1)
Click here for 16 full quotes by Bobby Jindal OR click here for Bobby Jindal on other issues.
  • Enacted comprehensive ethics reforms in state government. (Nov 2013)
  • If it's worth doing, then block-grant it to the states. (Mar 2013)
  • Federal government has become too expensive & too expansive. (Nov 2010)
  • Make being a Congressman a part-time job. (Nov 2010)
  • Full financial disclosure for both legislators & lobbyists. (Nov 2010)
  • Line-item veto & single-item legislation. (Nov 2010)
  • Fighting big government is conservative missionary work. (Nov 2010)
  • Strength of America is not in government but in our citizens. (Feb 2009)
  • Legislator salary increase should be smaller & post-election. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
  • Voted NO on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring photo ID for voting in federal elections. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on restricting independent grassroots political committees. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting lawsuits about obesity against food providers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on limiting attorney's fees in class action lawsuits. (Feb 2005)
Gary Johnson on Government Reform
Libertarian presidential nominee; former Republican NM Governor
Click here for 15 full quotes by Gary Johnson OR click here for Gary Johnson on other issues.
  • New SuperPAC, "Our America PAC", for principled candidates. (Dec 2013)
  • Should government be doing this policy in the first place? (Aug 2012)
  • Won 1994 with $510K of own money & not beholden. (Aug 2012)
  • 750 vetoes & contentious relationship with legislature. (Aug 2012)
  • OpEd: managed to improve the state while slashing the budget. (Nov 2011)
  • Vetoed more bills than all other governors combined. (Sep 2011)
  • As governor, vetoed 750 bills. (Jul 2011)
  • Government creates jobs by reducing its role, not expanding. (Jul 2011)
  • "Governor No": 742 total vetoes of bills over two terms. (Jul 2011)
  • 1996 tort reform: limit punitive damage awards. (Jul 2011)
  • Unlimited campaign contributions by corporations. (Jul 2011)
  • Cost benefit analysis on all government spending. (May 2011)
  • Full disclosure, but no limits on campaign donations. (Jan 2001)
  • Term limits let politicians focus on issues, not re-election. (Jan 2001)
  • Reforms must respect state's rights to select electors. (Aug 2001)
John Kasich on Government Reform
Republican Governor; previously Representative (OH-12); 2000 candidate for President
Click here for 11 full quotes by John Kasich OR click here for John Kasich on other issues.
  • Skinny-down bureaucracy & kick out special interests. (Nov 2010)
  • Bible study group swelled during 1992 House banking scandal. (Jun 2010)
  • Separating church and state is goofy misinterpretation. (Jun 2010)
  • Limited government supported by our Judeo-Christian ethics. (May 2006)
  • 1970s: No judge pay raise until state employee pay raise. (May 2006)
  • Money affects ability to honestly assess policy situation. (May 2006)
  • Allow faith-based institutions to address social ills. (May 1999)
  • Ax Commerce and Energy Depts. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted NO on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
  • Limit punitive damages; term limits on Congress. (Sep 1994)
  • Government is too big, too intrusive, too easy with money. (Sep 1994)
Peter King on Government Reform
Rep./Ind./Cons./Right-To-Life Representative (NY-3)
Click here for 14 full quotes by Peter King OR click here for Peter King on other issues.
  • Voted NO on Senate pay raise. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
  • Voted NO on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring photo ID for voting in federal elections. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on restricting independent grassroots political committees. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting lawsuits about obesity against food providers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on limiting attorney's fees in class action lawsuits. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted NO on restricting frivolous lawsuits. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted YES on banning soft money donations to national political parties. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted NO on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
  • Limit punitive damages; term limits on Congress. (Sep 1994)
  • Government is too big, too intrusive, too easy with money. (Sep 1994)
Martin O`Malley on Government Reform
Democrat
Click here for 4 full quotes by Martin O`Malley OR click here for Martin O`Malley on other issues.
  • Fair Campaign Financing Act for gubernatorial elections. (Feb 2015)
  • Every Marylander should have the right to cast their vote. (Apr 2013)
  • Implement a system of open and transparent administration. (Jan 2007)
  • Voluntary public financing for all general elections. (Aug 2000)
Barack Obama on Government Reform
Democratic incumbent President; IL Senator (2004-2008)
Click here for 79 full quotes by Barack Obama OR click here for Barack Obama on other issues.
  • Right to vote is sacred & is being denied to too many. (Jan 2015)
  • No one should wait more than a half-hour to vote. (Jan 2014)
  • Waiting 6 or 7 hours to cast a ballot betrays our ideals. (Feb 2013)
  • OpEd: Achieve via regulation what was blocked in legislation. (Feb 2012)
  • OpEd: 2010 federal pay freeze was all smoke and mirrors. (Oct 2011)
  • Open Government Initiative on first full day in office. (Apr 2011)
  • OpEd: Broke promise to pay for every dime of new spending. (Jan 2011)
  • Constitution says what states CAN'T do to you. (Nov 2010)
  • Transition team ethics statement: "No Ego, No Glory". (May 2010)
  • Used signing statements, like Bush, 17 times in 2009. (May 2010)
  • OpEd: shunning Fox News is like Nixon's 1960s Enemies List. (Apr 2010)
  • We face a deficit of trust, not just a budget deficit. (Jan 2010)
  • FactCheck: Yes, set up first reverse-revolving door policy. (Jan 2010)
  • Economic agenda builds new foundation for lasting prosperity. (Feb 2009)
  • Eliminate government programs that no longer work. (Aug 2008)
  • FactCheck: Worked with McCain on ethics, but bill fell apart. (Aug 2008)
  • Cabinet members should hold national town hall meetings. (Jul 2008)
  • Need a government that listens to the people again. (Feb 2008)
  • Give D.C. the opportunity to elect its own representatives. (Feb 2008)
  • Bad idea to over-classify information. (Dec 2007)
  • Bush’s signing statements are a clear abuse of prerogative. (Dec 2007)
  • Public submits policy ideas on Obama’s “My Policy” website. (Oct 2007)
  • Prayer can’t prevent disasters; good policy can handle them. (Aug 2007)
  • Registered 150,000 new minority voters in Chicago in 1992. (Jul 2007)
  • Half of us don’t vote; time for taking it back. (Jun 2007)
  • Bush administration has done “great damage” to U.S. (Mar 2007)
  • Filibuster has long tradition, but used to harm civil rights. (Oct 2006)
  • Electing US Senators empowers people: keep 17th Amendment. (Oct 2004)
  • People are really ready for a message for change. (Jul 2004)
  • Campaign race baiting works in both directions. (Aug 1996)

    Campaign Finance Reform

  • Constitutional Amendment to overturn Citizens United. (Aug 2012)
  • Ban insider trading by members of Congress. (Jan 2012)
  • Citizens United decision: major victory for Big Oil. (Sep 2010)
  • Only a few waivers on lobbyists in senior positions. (Jan 2010)
  • Post all earmark request online before each vote. (Jan 2010)
  • FactCheck: Yes, agreed to public financing, then declined it. (Oct 2008)
  • GovWatch: Promised public financing, and then retreated. (Jun 2008)
  • AdWatch: I opt out of broken public campaign finance system. (Jun 2008)
  • GovWatch: No, McCain & RNC don’t get much money from PACs. (Jun 2008)
  • Lobbyists & special interests have strangle-hold on agenda. (Feb 2008)
  • Ended corporate jet travel subsidized by lobbyists. (Feb 2008)
  • Never took money from federal lobbyists or their companies. (Jan 2008)
  • No lobbyist money; no PAC money; fund campaigns instead. (Jan 2008)
  • Money is the original sin in politics and I am not sinless. (Nov 2007)
  • Reduced cost TV ads for candidates; $85M presidential limit. (Oct 2007)
  • Ok to take $5 donations from drug company employees. (Sep 2007)
  • Public campaign financing with free television & radio time. (Aug 2007)
  • 1998: First law passed, 52-4, stripping legislator perks. (Aug 2007)
  • 2004: Used state money for seemingly political mailing. (Aug 2007)
  • No “bundled” money from federal-registered lobbyists. (Aug 2007)
  • Campaigns last too long & cost too much. (Aug 2007)
  • Doesn’t take PAC money or federal lobbyists’ money. (Jul 2007)
  • People know his “bundlers” because he pushed disclosure law. (Jul 2007)
  • FactCheck: no lobbyist money; yes from bundlers who lobby. (Jul 2007)
  • First bill ever passed was campaign finance reform. (Apr 2007)
  • FactCheck: no lobbyist money, yes from lobbyist spouses. (Apr 2007)
  • Hopefund PAC pushes government to honor sacred commitments. (Nov 2006)
  • Lobbyist influence comes from access, not money. (Oct 2006)

    Earmark Reform

  • Would love line-item veto, but start with earmark reform. (Jan 2010)
  • Freeze discretionary government spending for 3 years. (Jan 2010)
  • FactCheck: Yes, earmarks total $18B in this year’s budget. (Oct 2008)
  • Eliminating earmarks isn’t enough; but I’ll check every line. (Sep 2008)
  • Google for Government: let public track federal grants. (Jul 2008)
  • Use technology to shine a light on spending. (Jun 2008)
  • Consistently in favor of more disclosure around earmarks. (Feb 2008)
  • Created a publicly searchable database on earmarks spending. (Feb 2008)
  • Shine light on federal contracts, earmarks, & proposed bills. (Feb 2008)
  • Create “Google for Government” to track government spending. (Aug 2007)
  • Sponsored bill to disclose earmarks on Internet. (Oct 2006)

    Voting Record

  • FactCheck: Yes, Obama cast 130 “present” votes in IL Senate. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted YES on granting the District of Columbia a seat in Congress. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted NO on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity. (Mar 2006)
  • Election reform is #1 priority to prevent disenfranchisement. (Jan 2001)
  • Sponsored bill criminalizing deceptive info about elections. (Nov 2005)
  • Sponsored resolution rejecting photo ID for voting. (Sep 2005)
  • Sponsored bill to post earmarks on the Internet. (Jan 2006)
  • Prohibit voter intimidation in federal elections. (Mar 2007)
  • Prohibit 'voter caging' which intimidates minority voting. (Nov 2007)
Sarah Palin on Government Reform
Republican Governor (AK); 2008 nominee for Vice President
Click here for 43 full quotes by Sarah Palin OR click here for Sarah Palin on other issues.
  • Cut funding for "fluffery" like the NPR and NEA. (Jan 2011)
  • 1950s push for AK statehood based on lack of representation. (Nov 2010)
  • Transparency meetings should not be held behind closed doors. (Feb 2010)
  • Get people in government who seek divine intervention. (Feb 2010)
  • Conflict of interest in fellow Councilor's garbage proposal. (Nov 2009)
  • 2006: Small donors;returned checks with conflict of interest. (Nov 2009)
  • Refused per diem expenses for housing and First Family. (Nov 2009)
  • As Gov., avoided "high-end, robe-and-slippers" hotels. (Nov 2009)
  • 1996: Promised to cut her own pay as mayor; then did so. (Nov 2009)
  • Resigned as AOGCC chair to protest its corruption. (Nov 2009)
  • Ran 2006 campaign against "Corrupt Bastards Club". (Nov 2009)
  • Put state checkbook online, for budget transparency. (Nov 2009)
  • Criminal penalty if vote traded for campaign contribution. (Nov 2009)
  • Complaint filed about kids' travel; all dismissed or settled. (Nov 2009)
  • FactCheck: Yes, usually chose frugal travel, but not always. (Nov 2009)
  • FactCheck: Over half of her campaign funded by large donors. (Nov 2009)
  • FactCheck: Criticized conflict of interest, but did the same. (Nov 2009)
  • Often cites Exxon Valdez Supreme Court case. (Aug 2009)
  • Overall reduction of 7% spending, plus state hiring freeze. (Jan 2009)
  • Agrees with Cheney that VP as executive is flexible. (Oct 2008)
  • Many Supreme Court rulings are better addressed by states. (Oct 2008)
  • No state-mandated religion, but public faith is ok. (Oct 2008)
  • McCain is maverick who wants to reform government. (Sep 2008)
  • Alienated legislators by line-item-vetoing their projects. (Sep 2008)
  • Regulate for people & against cronyism & lobbyists. (Sep 2008)
  • Only independent mavericks can reform Washington. (Sep 2008)
  • Small town mayors are on front lines of accountability. (Sep 2008)
  • Never been part of an Alaska secessionist party. (Sep 2008)
  • Shook up the good-ol’ boys network with major ethics reform. (Sep 2008)
  • Vetoed nearly half a billion dollars in wasteful spending. (Sep 2008)
  • 1996 mayoral election focus: ideology, term limits, religion. (Sep 2008)
  • McCain: She’s a soul-mate who implemented ethics reform. (Aug 2008)
  • Individuals make better decisions than government. (Aug 2008)
  • VECO scandal & Stevens indictment shows need for GOP cleanup. (Jul 2008)
  • Comprehensive ethics reform: change politics as usual. (Jul 2007)
  • Presented comprehensive ethics bill in early 2007. (Mar 2007)
  • Sell previous governor’s jet on eBay--it’s impractical. (Dec 2006)
  • Attended numerous debates & did not avoid any unnecessarily. (Oct 2006)

    Bridge to Nowhere

  • Replaced “Bridge to Nowhere” with improved ferry system. (Sep 2008)
  • Killed “bridge to nowhere” project as unneeded. (Aug 2008)
  • Supported infamous “Bridge to Nowhere”; now criticizes it. (Aug 2008)
  • Fight “bridge to nowhere” and all earmarks. (Jul 2008)
  • Supports state funding for Gravina Island bridge. (Oct 2006)
George Pataki on Government Reform
Republican NY Governor
Click here for 7 full quotes by George Pataki OR click here for George Pataki on other issues.
  • Empower the citizens to take back our government. (May 2015)
  • Ban lobbying by former Members of Congress. (May 2015)
  • Reform lobbying laws for more restrictions & disclosure. (Jan 2006)
  • Governing philosophy: active but limited government. (Jan 2006)
  • Reforms must respect state's rights to select electors. (Aug 2001)
  • Reduce federal government size & scope, including military. (Sep 1998)
  • More federal funding for FAA and air traffic control. (Jul 1999)
Rand Paul on Government Reform
Click here for 18 full quotes by Rand Paul OR click here for Rand Paul on other issues.
  • End the profession of "career politician" with term limits. (Apr 2015)
  • Term limits would infuse Congress with new ideas. (Jan 2015)
  • Supports early voting; but voter ID also ok. (Nov 2014)
  • Paid speech is still protected free speech. (Apr 2014)
  • President should not bypass Congress with executive orders. (Jan 2014)
  • Term limits if budget can't get balanced. (Feb 2013)
  • Fund new programs by deleting existing ones. (Sep 2012)
  • Conservatives should criticize GOP when they grow government. (Feb 2012)
  • Our legislative victory: an end to earmarks. (Jan 2012)
  • Federal contracts should include no-PAC clauses. (Feb 2011)
  • Instead of bringing home the bacon, bring home politicians. (Feb 2011)
  • FactCheck: No, Kagan never she'd regulate vegetable eating. (Feb 2011)
  • Lobbyists' sole goal is to rip you off. (Jul 2010)
  • No Pork Pledge: decrease earmarking; increase transparency. (Aug 2010)
  • Identify constitutionality in every new congressional bill. (Jul 2010)
  • Audit federal agencies, to reform or eliminate them. (Jul 2010)
  • Moratorium on all earmarks until budget is balanced. (Jul 2010)
  • Prohibit IRS audits targeting Tea Party political groups. (Feb 2014)
Rick Perry on Government Reform
Republican Governor (TX)
Click here for 16 full quotes by Rick Perry OR click here for Rick Perry on other issues.
  • Unconstitutional to federalize education & healthcare. (Mar 2014)
  • Cut Congress' pay in half & make them part-time. (Dec 2011)
  • Culture of Washington too cozy with corporate lobbyists. (Nov 2011)
  • McCain-Feingold unconstitutionally restricts of free speech. (Sep 2011)
  • Make Washington inconsequential in your lives. (Sep 2011)
  • Tort reform was powerful TX job creator; do same federally. (Sep 2011)
  • Require voters to present photo ID at polling places. (May 2011)
  • States are liberty's friend. (Nov 2010)
  • Reverse trend of federal power back to state & local level. (Nov 2010)
  • Strong union requires limited federal government. (Nov 2010)
  • Earmarks corrupt the governing process. (Nov 2010)
  • Campaign contributions are political free speech. (Nov 2010)
  • Control spending to make government less burdensome. (Jan 2009)
  • What's wrong with restricting ex-felons from voting? (Feb 2008)
  • Reforms must respect state's rights to select electors. (Aug 2001)
  • No Pork Pledge: decrease earmarking; increase transparency. (Aug 2010)
Marco Rubio on Government Reform
Click here for 21 full quotes by Marco Rubio OR click here for Marco Rubio on other issues.
  • Regulatory agencies shouldn't write criminal law. (Apr 2015)
  • Conservatives must show they have real solutions to poverty. (Jan 2015)
  • Government has a role, but it is not giving poor money. (Jan 2015)
  • More government breeds complicated rules & holds us back. (Feb 2013)
  • Choose more freedom instead of more government. (Aug 2012)
  • Accused of using campaign funds for personal expenses. (Jun 2012)
  • Used earmarks early in legislative career, then stopped cold. (Jun 2012)
  • 2003: Anonymous contributors; 2004: backed down & disclosed. (Jun 2012)
  • $400,000 for Members-only House lunchroom kept out lobbyists. (Jun 2012)
  • Constitutional term limit amendment for Members of Congress. (Feb 2012)
  • America is greatest country; but not our government. (Jan 2012)
  • Reduce paid petition business in citizen initiative process. (Nov 2006)
  • Texas Sunset Review abolished 47 agencies; do same in FL. (Nov 2006)
  • Early FL primary forces diversity into presidential process. (Nov 2006)
  • Closer regulation of petition verification process. (Nov 2006)
  • Allow transferring surplus campaign funds to other campaigns. (May 2006)
  • Identify constitutionality in every new congressional bill. (Jul 2010)
  • Audit federal agencies, to reform or eliminate them. (Jul 2010)
  • Moratorium on all earmarks until budget is balanced. (Jul 2010)
  • Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge. (Nov 2011)
  • Prohibit IRS audits targeting Tea Party political groups. (Feb 2014)
Bernie Sanders on Government Reform
Socialist Jr Senator; previously Representative (VT-At-Large)
Click here for 25 full quotes by Bernie Sanders OR click here for Bernie Sanders on other issues.
  • Constitutional amendment to reverse Citizen United ruling. (Apr 2015)
  • Citizens United opens up the road to oligarchy. (Sep 2014)
  • Underclass see the political deck stacked; and don't vote. (Mar 2014)
  • Introduced Federal Reserve Transparency Act with Ron Paul. (Sep 2010)
  • Low-income workers don't vote because it's irrelevant. (Jun 1997)
  • Competitive bidding saves government money. (Jun 1997)
  • Receives more contributions, but fewer dollars, than GOP. (Jun 1997)
  • Accepts PAC money, but not from special interests. (Jun 1997)
  • Same-day automatic voter registration & 3-day voting. (Jun 1997)
  • Publicly fund elections, or small individual contributions. (Jun 1997)
  • Voted YES on Congressional pay raise. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on providing a US House seat for the District of Columbia. (Feb 2009)
  • Voted YES on granting the District of Columbia a seat in Congress. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring photo ID to vote in federal elections. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring photo ID for voting in federal elections. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on restricting independent grassroots political committees. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits about obesity against food providers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on limiting attorney's fees in class action lawsuits. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted YES on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted NO on banning soft money donations to national political parties. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
  • Proportional IRV voting for Electoral College. (Mar 2001)
  • Criminalize false or deceptive info about elections. (Nov 2005)
  • Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures. (Jul 2012)
  • Matching fund for small donors, with debate requirements. (Feb 2013)
Rick Santorum on Government Reform
Republican Jr Senator (PA); 2012 presidential frontrunner
Click here for 17 full quotes by Rick Santorum OR click here for Rick Santorum on other issues.
  • 1990s "Gang of Seven": exposed congressional scandals. (May 2015)
  • Censure & lawsuit for too many executive actions. (Nov 2014)
  • Line-item veto needed; spending transparency until then. (Feb 2012)
  • Endorsed Arlen Specter to assure conservative Supreme Court. (Feb 2012)
  • Overturn & freeze all Obama regulations in process. (Jul 2011)
  • DC doesn't work; ratify the Balanced Budget Amendment. (Jul 2011)
  • 1997: In-state campaign donation cap $4K; out-of-state $1K. (Jun 2011)
  • Campaign finance should be purely voluntary. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted YES on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO on establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO on banning "soft money" contributions and restricting issue ads. (Mar 2002)
  • Voted YES on require photo ID (not just signature) for voter registration. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted NO on banning campaign donations from unions & corporations. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on funding for National Endowment for the Arts. (Aug 1999)
  • Voted NO on favoring 1997 McCain-Feingold overhaul of campaign finance. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted YES on Approving the presidential line-item veto. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted NO on banning more types of Congressional gifts. (Jul 1995)
Jill Stein on Government Reform
Green Party presidential nominee; Former Challenger for MA Governor
Click here for 10 full quotes by Jill Stein OR click here for Jill Stein on other issues.
  • Term limits end guaranteed re-election & lifetime incumbency. (Jul 2015)
  • Confederate flag should be removed from all public locations. (Jul 2015)
  • Earmarks grease the skids for corruption. (Jul 2015)
  • Establish a constitutional right to vote. (Jun 2015)
  • No corporate nor lobbyist donations; just small donors. (Jun 2015)
  • 2002 Clean Elections repeal meant "throw the bums out". (Jan 2012)
  • Voter Bill of Rights: full public financing; paper ballots. (Jan 2012)
  • Building for the future makes America great. (Dec 2011)
  • PACs connect campaigns with rich donors, & disconnect public. (Dec 2011)
  • Re-establish Clean Elections Law: end "pay-to-play". (Sep 2010)
Donald Trump on Government Reform
2000 Reform Primary Challenger for President
Click here for 6 full quotes by Donald Trump OR click here for Donald Trump on other issues.
  • I give to politicians; and they give back: that's broken!. (Aug 2015)
  • Two-term limit on NYC mayor is a terrible idea. (Sep 2010)
  • Government scrutiny is greatest threat to American Dream. (Jul 2000)
  • Ban soft money; but allow unlimited personal contributions. (Jul 2000)
  • Government should do public works & safety & little else. (Jul 2000)
  • Rebuilt Wollman Rink in 4 months; city failed for 6 years. (Jul 1987)
Scott Walker on Government Reform
Click here for 5 full quotes by Scott Walker OR click here for Scott Walker on other issues.
  • Wisconsin "citizen filibuster" gave birth to Occupy movement. (Nov 2013)
  • Prevent voter fraud: require voter ID at polls. (Nov 2013)
  • Recall election rejected big government interests & spending. (Aug 2012)
  • Cutting the cost of government enables us to save jobs. (Mar 2011)
  • End tax on HSAs; reduce frivolous lawsuits. (Feb 2011)
James Webb on Government Reform
Democratic Sr Senator
Click here for 6 full quotes by James Webb OR click here for James Webb on other issues.
  • Increasing number of lobbyists is a problem. (Jun 2006)
  • Culture of corruption in Washington needs real reform. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted YES on Congressional pay raise. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on providing a US House seat for the District of Columbia. (Feb 2009)
  • Voted YES on granting the District of Columbia a seat in Congress. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring photo ID to vote in federal elections. (Jul 2007)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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