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Tom Foley on Government Reform
Republican challenger: Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Tom Foley on other issues.
  • AdWatch: Complains about ethics, but was fined for PAC. (Jan 2014)
  • Electoral system is gamed by insiders; citizens lose trust. (Dec 2013)
  • Allowing $10 ,000 lobbyist contributions is a step backward. (Dec 2013)
  • Restrict state contractors donations to political parties. (Dec 2013)
  • 2010: criticized public campaign financing; 2014: accepts it. (Nov 2013)
  • Reduce the cost and size of state government. (Oct 2010)
Dan Malloy on Government Reform
Democratic Governor: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Dan Malloy on other issues.
  • Require state government to use GAAP accounting principles. (Jan 2011)
  • Bring federal money back to Connecticut programs. (Nov 2010)
David Walker on Government Reform
Republican Challengr for Lt. Governor: Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for David Walker on other issues.
  • Constitution State should call for Constitutional Convention. (Jul 2014)
  • Lifetime ban from government if guilty of public corruption. (Jul 2014)
  • Support local non-profits to take over social services. (Jul 2014)
  • Eliminate egregious loopholes in state campaign finance law. (Jul 2014)
  • Constitutional Amendment to limit campaign finance. (Mar 2012)

Senate:

CT 2012: 2012 Connecticut Senate Debate


Richard Blumenthal on Government Reform
Democratic Sr Senator: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Richard Blumenthal on other issues.
  • I have never walked away from a fight against the public. (Mar 2010)
  • Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures. (Jul 2012)
Susan Bysiewicz on Government Reform
Democratic Challenger (Lost primary): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Susan Bysiewicz on other issues.
  • Repeal Citizens United; end loopholes for special interests. (May 2012)
  • Public financing for federal elections. (May 2012)
  • Open primaries & public financing for state elections. (Jul 2011)
Linda McMahon on Government Reform
Republican Challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Linda McMahon on other issues.
  • 2000: Initiated non-partisan voter-registration campaign. (Aug 2010)
  • No PAC money; small donations only. (Nov 2009)
Chris Murphy on Government Reform
Senate Challenger; Democratic Rep. (CT-5): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Chris Murphy on other issues.
  • Voted YES on Senate pay raise. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)
  • Member of House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform. (Mar 2011)
  • Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures. (Feb 2012)
Christopher Shays on Government Reform
Republican Representative (CT-4): Click here for 19 full quotes OR click here for Christopher Shays on other issues.
  • Voted YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES 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 YES on restricting frivolous lawsuits. (Sep 2004)
  • 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)
  • Supports Shays-Meehan Campaign Finance Reform. (Jul 2001)
  • Sponsored bill subjecting 527s to political committee rules. (Feb 2005)
  • Prohibit non-legislated earmarks. (Jul 2005)
  • Establish the United States Public Service Academy. (Mar 2007)
  • Restrict campaign donations from foreigners or 3rd parties. (May 1999)
  • Limit punitive damages; term limits on Congress. (Sep 1994)
  • Government is too big, too intrusive, too easy with money. (Sep 1994)
  • Reduce federal government size & scope, including military. (Sep 1998)

House:


Joe Courtney on Government Reform
Democrat: Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Joe Courtney on other issues.
  • Voted YES on Senate pay raise. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)
  • Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge. (Nov 2011)
  • Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures. (Feb 2012)
  • Establish 15 days of early voting in all states. (Nov 2012)
  • Establish "My Voice Voucher" small campaign contributions. (Feb 2014)
Rosa DeLauro on Government Reform
Democratic Representative (CT-3): Click here for 17 full quotes OR click here for Rosa DeLauro on other issues.
  • Voted YES on Senate pay raise. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 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 NO on restricting frivolous lawsuits. (Sep 2004)
  • 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)
  • Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge. (Nov 2011)
  • Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures. (Feb 2012)
  • Establish 15 days of early voting in all states. (Nov 2012)
  • Full disclosure of campaign spending. (Jan 2013)
  • Establish "My Voice Voucher" small campaign contributions. (Feb 2014)
Elizabeth Esty on Government Reform
Democrat (District 5): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Elizabeth Esty on other issues.
  • Establish "My Voice Voucher" small campaign contributions. (Feb 2014)
Jim Himes on Government Reform
Democrat (District 4): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Jim Himes on other issues.
  • Voted YES on Senate pay raise. (Jun 2009)
  • Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge. (Nov 2011)
  • Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures. (Mar 2012)
  • Establish 15 days of early voting in all states. (Nov 2012)
  • Full disclosure of campaign spending. (Jan 2013)
  • Establish "My Voice Voucher" small campaign contributions. (Feb 2014)
John Larson on Government Reform
Democratic Representative (CT-1): Click here for 19 full quotes OR click here for John Larson on other issues.
  • Voted YES on Senate pay raise. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 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 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 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)
  • Voluntary public financing for all general elections. (Aug 2000)
  • Prohibit voter intimidation in federal elections. (Mar 2007)
  • Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge. (Nov 2011)
  • Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures. (Feb 2012)
  • Establish 15 days of early voting in all states. (Nov 2012)
  • Full disclosure of campaign spending. (Jan 2013)
  • Establish "My Voice Voucher" small campaign contributions. (Feb 2014)

Former candidates & officeholders:


Jodi Rell on Government Reform
Republican CT Governor: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Jodi Rell on other issues.
  • Ban on campaign cash from special interests. (Sep 2006)
Joseph Lieberman on Government Reform
Democratic Jr Senator (CT, retiring 2012), ran for V.P. with Gore, ran for president 2004: Click here for 24 full quotes OR click here for Joseph Lieberman on other issues.
  • Public has right to know candidate’s personal income taxes. (Jul 2006)
  • Earmarks are great for Connecticut. (Jul 2006)
  • Tort law is an out-of-control lottery. (Oct 2002)
  • Term limits result in weak government that governs poorly. (May 2000)
  • Instead of “Is it legal?” pols should ask “Is it right?”. (May 2000)
  • Using opponent’s personal details is wrong. (May 2000)
  • Preserve the independent counsel law, with limits. (Mar 1999)
  • 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 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 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)
  • Voluntary public financing for all general elections. (Aug 2000)
  • Subject independent 527s to rules for political committees. (Feb 2005)
  • Restrict lobbyist gifts & disclose lobbyist info on Internet. (Dec 2005)
  • Reject photo ID requirements for voting. (Sep 2005)
Chris Murphy on Government Reform
Senate Challenger; Democratic Rep. (CT-5): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Chris Murphy on other issues.
  • Voted YES on Senate pay raise. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)
  • Member of House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform. (Mar 2011)
  • Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures. (Feb 2012)
John Rowland on Government Reform
Former Republican Governor (1995-2004): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for John Rowland on other issues.
  • Reforms must respect state's rights to select electors. (Aug 2001)
  • Reduce federal government size & scope, including military. (Sep 1998)
Gary Franks on Government Reform
Republican Former (1994-) (District 5): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Gary Franks on other issues.
  • Limit punitive damages; term limits on Congress. (Sep 1994)
  • Government is too big, too intrusive, too easy with money. (Sep 1994)
Nancy Lee Johnson on Government Reform
Former Republican challenger, U.S.Rep.: Click here for 11 full quotes OR click here for Nancy Lee Johnson on other issues.
  • 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 YES on restricting frivolous lawsuits. (Sep 2004)
  • 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)
  • Limit punitive damages; term limits on Congress. (Sep 1994)
  • Government is too big, too intrusive, too easy with money. (Sep 1994)
  • Reduce federal government size & scope, including military. (Sep 1998)
Miriam Masullo on Government Reform
2004 former Republican challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Miriam Masullo on other issues.
  • Campaign donations: No dollar limits and full disclosure. (Aug 2004)
Jack Orchulli on Government Reform
2004 former Republican challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Jack Orchulli on other issues.
  • Vows No Special Interest Money. (Jul 2004)
  • Won’t accept a dime of special interest money. (Jun 2004)
Rob Simmons on Government Reform
2010 Senate Challenger (lost GOP primary); formerly US Rep.: Click here for 11 full quotes OR click here for Rob Simmons on other issues.
  • Public trust means no public office for private gain. (Dec 2009)
  • 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 YES on restricting frivolous lawsuits. (Sep 2004)
  • 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)
  • Subject independent 527s to rules for political committees. (Feb 2005)
  • Prohibit non-legislated earmarks. (Jul 2005)
  • Reduce federal government size & scope, including military. (Sep 1998)
Chris Dodd on Government Reform
Democratic Sr Senator (CT): Click here for 21 full quotes OR click here for Chris Dodd on other issues.
  • Reform the current system that locks up two million in jail. (Oct 2007)
  • It’s not who funds you, but how you vote that matters. (Aug 2007)
  • Creation of DHS was not a good idea; it’s far too large. (Aug 2007)
  • Proud to have introduced the “Help America Vote Act”. (Jul 2007)
  • Supports public campaign finance, despite personal history. (Apr 2007)
  • 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 YES 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)
  • 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 NO on Approving the presidential line-item veto. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted YES on banning more types of Congressional gifts. (Jul 1995)
  • Sponsored resolution rejecting photo ID for voting. (Sep 2005)
  • Prohibit 'voter caging' which intimidates minority voting. (Nov 2007)
  • Repeal automatic Congressional pay raises. (Jan 2009)
Sam Gejdenson on Government Reform
Democrat (District 2): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Sam Gejdenson on other issues.
  • Voted YES on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
Nancy Lee Johnson on Government Reform
Republican (District 6): Click here for 11 full quotes OR click here for Nancy Lee Johnson on other issues.
  • 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 YES on restricting frivolous lawsuits. (Sep 2004)
  • 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)
  • Limit punitive damages; term limits on Congress. (Sep 1994)
  • Government is too big, too intrusive, too easy with money. (Sep 1994)
  • Reduce federal government size & scope, including military. (Sep 1998)
Barbara Bailey Kennelly on Government Reform
Democrat (District 1): Click here for Barbara Bailey Kennelly on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Barbara Kennelly on Government Reform
Democrat (retired 1998) (District 1): Click here for Barbara Kennelly on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Ned Lamont on Government Reform
Democratic Challenger: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Ned Lamont on other issues.
  • Earmarks should be outlawed as lobbyist over-influence. (Jul 2006)
  • Supports cap on campaign spending and public financing. (Apr 2006)
  • Bridge-to-nowhere symptomatic of governing by lobbyists. (Apr 2006)
Jim Maloney on Government Reform
Democrat (retired) (District 5): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Jim Maloney on other issues.
  • Voted NO on banning soft money donations to national political parties. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
Alan Schlesinger on Government Reform
Republican Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Alan Schlesinger on other issues.
  • Public campaign financing; but no PAC contributions. (Oct 2006)
Christopher Shays on Government Reform
Republican Representative (CT-4): Click here for 19 full quotes OR click here for Christopher Shays on other issues.
  • Voted YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES 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 YES on restricting frivolous lawsuits. (Sep 2004)
  • 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)
  • Supports Shays-Meehan Campaign Finance Reform. (Jul 2001)
  • Sponsored bill subjecting 527s to political committee rules. (Feb 2005)
  • Prohibit non-legislated earmarks. (Jul 2005)
  • Establish the United States Public Service Academy. (Mar 2007)
  • Restrict campaign donations from foreigners or 3rd parties. (May 1999)
  • Limit punitive damages; term limits on Congress. (Sep 1994)
  • Government is too big, too intrusive, too easy with money. (Sep 1994)
  • Reduce federal government size & scope, including military. (Sep 1998)
Rob Simmons on Government Reform
Republican (District 2): Click here for 11 full quotes OR click here for Rob Simmons on other issues.
  • Public trust means no public office for private gain. (Dec 2009)
  • 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 YES on restricting frivolous lawsuits. (Sep 2004)
  • 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)
  • Subject independent 527s to rules for political committees. (Feb 2005)
  • Prohibit non-legislated earmarks. (Jul 2005)
  • Reduce federal government size & scope, including military. (Sep 1998)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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