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Topics in the News: Campaign Finance


Jill Stein on Government Reform : Sep 27, 2016
No money from lobbyists; No money from SuperPACs

I am the only candidate in this race who is not taking money from lobbyists, from corporations--I do not have a super PAC to coordinate with or not. I'm the one candidate that actually has the freedom to stand up for what the American people are clamoring for. That means an emergency jobs program, which will solve the emergency of climate change. It means bailing out the students, like they bailed out the crooks on Wall Street who crashed the economy. It's time to bail out the victims.
Click for Jill Stein on other issues.   Source: DemocracyNow interview on First 2016 Presidential Debate

Mike Pence on Principles & Values : Aug 1, 2016
OpEd: More conservative than Trump on many domestic issues

IssueTrumpPence
Gun rightsExceptions & local restrictions okHard-core pro-Second Amendment
War on DrugsCautious approach following statesHard-core drug warrior
Infrastructure investmentInvest in transportation infrastructureOpposes federal investment; leave it to states
Campaign financeMixed views on reform Campaign donation limits are censorship
Tax reductionCreative ideas including raising some taxesNo-new-taxes pledge on all taxation
Minimum wage & affirmative actionSome support of both Unambiguously opposes both
Gay marriage Supreme Court rulingAccept it as the law of the landOverturn that ruling
Iraq WarOpposed invasionSupported invasion
Click for Mike Pence on other issues.   Source: Trump/Pence vs. Clinton/Kaine On the Issues, by Jesse Gordon

Donald Trump on Principles & Values : Feb 29, 2016
Agrees with Hillary on marijuana, campaign finance, trade

Hillary and Trump do agree on some, including:The bottom line: If you prefer a polar opposite to Hillary, Trump should not be your chosen candidate. And if you prefer someone who will dismantle forever the Bush legacy, Hillary should not be your chosen candidate. Neither is the extremist their opponents make them out to be.
Click for Donald Trump on other issues.   Source: Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton On The Issues, by J. Gordon

Bernie Sanders on Government Reform : Feb 11, 2016
Campaign financing is corrupt; no Super PAC for me

Q: Nearly half of your financial sector donations appear to come from just two wealthy financiers, for a total of about $10 million.

CLINTON: You're referring to a Super PAC that we don't coordinate with, that has decided that they want to support me. They are the ones who should respond to questions. Let's talk about our campaigns. I'm very proud of the fact that we have more than 750 thousand donors. But, the real issue, I think, that the Senator is injecting into this is that if you take donations from Wall Street, you can't be independent.

SANDERS: What we are talking about is a corrupt campaign finance system. It is undermining American democracy. We had a decision to make early on, do we do a Super PAC? We said no. Secretary Clinton's Super PAC received $25 million dollars last reporting period, $15 million dollars from Wall Street. Our average contribution is $27 dollars.

Click for Bernie Sanders on other issues.   Source: 2016 PBS Democratic debate in Wisconsin

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Hillary Clinton on Government Reform : Feb 11, 2016
I am not beholden to Super PACs or Wall Street

Q: Nearly half of your financial sector donations appear to come from just two wealthy financiers, for a total of about $10 million.

CLINTON: You're referring to a Super PAC that we don't coordinate with, that has decided that they want to support me. They are the ones who should respond to questions. Let's talk about our campaigns. I'm very proud of the fact that we have more than 750 thousand donors.

SANDERS: What we are talking about is a corrupt campaign finance system. It is undermining American democracy. We had a decision to make early on, do we do a Super PAC? We said no. Secretary Clinton's Super PAC received $25 million dollars last reporting period, $15 million dollars from Wall Street. Our average contribution is $27 dollars.

CLINTON: But, the real issue, I think, that the Senator is injecting into this is that if you take donations from Wall Street, you can't be independent.

Click for Hillary Clinton on other issues.   Source: 2016 PBS Democratic debate in Wisconsin

Bernie Sanders on Government Reform : Feb 4, 2016
Litmus test for Supreme Court on Citizens United

You are not going to accomplish what has to be done for working families and the middle class unless there is campaign finance reform. So long as big money interests control the United States Congress, it is gonna be very hard to do what has to be done for working families. So let me be very clear. No nominee of mine, if I'm elected president, to the United States Supreme Court will get that nomination unless he or she is loud and clear, and says they will vote to overturn Citizens United.
Click for Bernie Sanders on other issues.   Source: MSNBC Democratic primary debate in New Hampshire

Bernie Sanders on Government Reform : Feb 4, 2016
Overturn Citizens United: America is one person, one vote

Almost all new income is going to the top 1 percent. Then sustaining that rigged economy is a corrupt campaign finance system undermining democracy, where billionaires can contribute unlimited sums of money into super PACs and into candidates. Our job is to create an economy that works for all and overturn Citizens United. One person, one vote. That's American democracy.
Click for Bernie Sanders on other issues.   Source: MSNBC Democratic primary debate in New Hampshire

Hillary Clinton on Principles & Values : Feb 4, 2016
Speaking fees & donations do not equal political corruption

SANDERS: [Secretary Clinton is] part of the establishment [by,] in the last quarter, having a super PAC that raised $15 million from Wall Street, that throughout one's life raised lot of money from the drug companies and other special interests. If we do not get a handle on money in politics and the degree to which big money controls the political process in this country, nobody is going to bring about the changes that is needed for the middle class and working families.

CLINTON: Senator Sanders has said he wants to run a positive campaign. But there is this attack that he is putting forth, which really comes down to anybody who ever took donations or speaking fees from any interest group has to be bought. I absolutely reject that. You will not find that I ever changed a view or a vote because of any donation that I ever received. I have represented my constituents to the best of my abilities, and I'm very proud of that. Let's talk about the issues that divide us.

Click for Hillary Clinton on other issues.   Source: MSNBC Democratic primary debate in New Hampshire

Hillary Clinton on Corporations : Dec 19, 2015
FactCheck: Yes, hedge-fund billionaires run ads against her

Hillary Clinton said, "there are currently two hedge fund billionaires running ads against me here in N.H. Now, why are they running ads against me? And the answer is: Because they know I will go right after them." Is that true, about the ads?

We checked, and it is. A super PAC called Future45 ran the ad below. Future45 has three known donors: Kenneth Griffin, president of Citadel; William C. Powers, an investor; and Paul Singer, founder of hedge fund Elliot Management. According to Al Jazeera News, Singer has endorsed Marco Rubio for president. Here is our transcript of the ad: