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15_S366 on Feb 4, 2015

Bill Sponsorship: H.R.20 & S.366
Source: Government By the People Act
Congressional Summary:<
  • Allow a refundable tax credit of 50% of cash contributions to congressional House campaigns, to be known as "My Voice Federal" contributions.
  • Select three states to operate a voucher pilot program.
  • Provide, upon request, a "My Voice Voucher" worth $50.
  • Authorizes the individual to submit the My Voice Voucher to qualified federal election candidates, allocating a portion of its value in $5 increments.
  • Permits an individual to revoke a My Voice Voucher within two days after submitting it to a candidate.
  • Establishes the Freedom From Influence Fund in the Treasury [for 6-to-1 matching funds for the vouchers].
  • Allows taxpayers to designate overpayments of tax for contribution to the Freedom From Influence Fund.

Supporters reasons for voting YEA:Rep. Sarbanes: Big money warps Congress' priorities and erodes the public's trust in government. This bold new legislation returns voice and power back to the American people:

  1. Empower everyday citizens to fuel Congressional campaigns by providing a My Voice Tax Credit.
  2. Amplify the voices of everyday Americans through a 6-to-1 match.
  3. Prevent Super PACs from drowning out small donor-backed candidates.

Opponents reasons for voting NAY:(Bill Moyers, Feb. 19, 2015): This citizen engagement strategy, particularly when used to court small donors, is not without its critics. Small donors, at least in the current system, often tend to be political ideologues. That trend leaves many asking: won't moving to small donors just empower extremists? Sarbanes counters, if Congress changes the political fundraising rules, they will also change the calculus for "the rational small donor who right now isn't going to give $25 because they've figured out that it's not going to matter." The prospect of a 6-to-1 match might very well impact how those less ideologically extreme potential donors think about political giving. Also see equivalent House bill H.R.20 (2015) and 2014 version


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 16. Question 16: Make voter registration easier Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Government Reform
  • Headline: Public financing of federal campaigns by voter vouchers (Score: 1)
  • Headline 2: Public financing of federal campaigns by voter vouchers (Score: 2)

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  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 15_S366

Barbara Boxer s1oCA Democratic Jr Senator (retiring 2016)Feb 4, 2015
Sherrod Brown s1oOH Democratic Sr SenatorFeb 4, 2015
Benjamin Cardin s1oMaryland DemocratFeb 4, 2015
Joe Donnelly s1oIN Democratic ChallengerFeb 4, 2015
Richard Durbin s1oIL Democratic Sr SenatorFeb 4, 2015
Al Franken s1oMN Democrat/DFL Jr SenatorFeb 4, 2015
Kirsten Gillibrand s1oNew York DemocratFeb 4, 2015
Martin Heinrich s1oNew Mexico Democrat (Senate run 2012)Feb 4, 2015
Heidi Heitkamp s1oND Democratic ChallengerFeb 4, 2015
Mazie Hirono s1oHawaii Democrat (Senate run 2012)Feb 4, 2015
Tim Kaine s1oVA Democratic ChallengerFeb 4, 2015
Amy Klobuchar s1oMN Democrat/DFL Sr SenatorFeb 4, 2015
Patrick Leahy s1oVT Democratic Sr SenatorFeb 4, 2015
Claire McCaskill s1oMO Democratic Sr Senator; previously state AuditorFeb 4, 2015
Robert Menendez s1oNew Jersey DemocratFeb 4, 2015
Jeff Merkley s1oOR Democratic Jr SenatorFeb 4, 2015
Chris Murphy s1oConnecticut Democrat (Senate run 2012)Feb 4, 2015
Gary Peters s1oMI Democratic ChallengerFeb 4, 2015
Bernie Sanders s1oPOTUS Democratic Presidential candidateFeb 4, 2015
Jon Tester s2pMT Democratic Jr Senator
Tom Udall s1oNew Mexico Democrat (Senate 2008)Feb 4, 2015
Elizabeth Warren s1oMA Democratic ChallengerFeb 4, 2015
Sheldon Whitehouse s1oRI Democratic Jr Senator, previously attorney generalFeb 4, 2015



Republicans participating in 15_S366

Kelly Ayotte s1oNH Republican Jr SenatorFeb 4, 2015
Thad Cochran s1oMS Republican Sr SenatorFeb 4, 2015
Susan Collins s1oME Republican Sr SenatorFeb 4, 2015
Steve Daines s1oMontana Republican (Senate run 2014)Feb 4, 2015
Cory Gardner s1oCO Republican Senate challengerFeb 4, 2015
Chuck Grassley s1oIA Republican Sr SenatorFeb 4, 2015
Tim Scott s1oSC Republican Senator-AppointeeFeb 4, 2015
Roger Wicker s1oMississippi Republican (Senate 2008)Feb 4, 2015



Independents participating in 15_S366

Angus King s1oME Former Independent Governor (1995-2002)Feb 4, 2015



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 23
Republicans: 8
Independents: 1


















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