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house Bill H.R. 1623

Should Non-Incumbent Candidates for Federal Office be Able to Use Campaign Funds for Healthcare Premiums & Childcare?

Argument in favor

At present, simple economics make it hard for candidates who aren’t independently wealthy, or who don’t have access to healthcare coverage and childcare support from a spouse or others in their lives, to run for public office. Allowing non-incumbent federal candidates to use campaign funds for these necessary expenses will enable more middle-class and female candidates to run for federal office, bringing both gender and economic diversity to Congress.

burrkitty's Opinion
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09/26/2019
Breaking the grip of the privileged in power is a good thing. This is a fairly small thing that will help level the playing field for women, so go for it! We could use more women in Congress.
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Robert's Opinion
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09/26/2019
Good argument for universal health care.
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09/26/2019
We need more candidates drawn from the broader US population so that our Congress and Senate can begin to reflect the actual population of our country. Encouraging regular citizens to run for office should be a priority! Many of the candidates that would best represent the currently underrepresented communities of color do not have the funds to run effectively without compensation of some sort to cover vital expenses that their families need. If we want broader representation, we must find ways to support the ability of these Americans to run. I urge you to vote in favor of this bill.
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Argument opposed

Many candidates who are incurring childcare expenses while they run for public office would have incurred those expenses in any case. It’s unfair to campaign donors — who expect their contributions to be spent on bolstering their chosen candidate’s odds of success — to spend their contributions on the candidate’s personal life, rather than campaign expenditures that raise the candidate’s odds of winning.

Robert's Opinion
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09/26/2019
No, campaign funds are just that to be used to pay for expenses to seek a political office. This is a slippery slope, once an exemption is given, then there will be another and before you know it campaign funds will be used for everything except to support the campaign. This is just another way for those in political office to use the generosity of donors to line their pockets. It’s amazing how many politicians leave office as millionaires after entering office with very little money.
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Jeffrey's Opinion
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09/26/2019
Campaign funds are for just that, the campaign. All other prior expenses should be paid for as they were before they started running for office.
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Ellen's Opinion
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09/26/2019
No. Deal with the high cost of healthcare like the rest of us. Assholes for even asking
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    IntroducedMarch 7th, 2019
    Breaking the grip of the privileged in power is a good thing. This is a fairly small thing that will help level the playing field for women, so go for it! We could use more women in Congress.
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    No, campaign funds are just that to be used to pay for expenses to seek a political office. This is a slippery slope, once an exemption is given, then there will be another and before you know it campaign funds will be used for everything except to support the campaign. This is just another way for those in political office to use the generosity of donors to line their pockets. It’s amazing how many politicians leave office as millionaires after entering office with very little money.
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    Good argument for universal health care.
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    We need more candidates drawn from the broader US population so that our Congress and Senate can begin to reflect the actual population of our country. Encouraging regular citizens to run for office should be a priority! Many of the candidates that would best represent the currently underrepresented communities of color do not have the funds to run effectively without compensation of some sort to cover vital expenses that their families need. If we want broader representation, we must find ways to support the ability of these Americans to run. I urge you to vote in favor of this bill.
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    I am for campaign reform to get the big money out of politics. Child care is a major expense so I support this bill. Hopefully this will help people run for office because we need to have people who are faced with the everyday problems and understand what in the system needs to change.
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    Abuse your donors much?
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    Campaign funds are for just that, the campaign. All other prior expenses should be paid for as they were before they started running for office.
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    I think that "bolstering the candidate's chance for success" should definitely include giving them the freedom to stay on the campaign trail and provide for their families. If donors don't want their money to be spent on healthcare, childcare, and other necessary needs of the candidate's family, then they shouldn't donate to a candidate. It can't all be commercials and rallies; you need to be able to live and stay healthy while campaigning. We need more diverse candidates who aren't wealthy white men to be able to run for offices at all levels, and this will hopefully help open up that field.
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    No. Deal with the high cost of healthcare like the rest of us. Assholes for even asking
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    We don’t elect them to live as a privileged class
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    Hell no don’t they steal enough. Get treated differently than Joe Q Public
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    Nope - people would abuse this. They could run for office with a “go fund me campaign” with no intention of campaigning and use the funds for their healthcare. - this will result in more corruption.
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    Let’s try to level the playing field. Why shouldn’t candidates have the same support as the incumbent.
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    Campaign funds should be used for campaigns. This corruption has got to stop!
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    You get enough perks and most of you are millionaires anyway. How about all those campaign funds either get reimbursed or put forward into the National Deficit you keep adding to!!!
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    No, why does someone deserve special privileges. For that matter it would be appropriate for all of Congress to have the same healthcare options all Americans are subject to. I DO NOT advocate for Medicare for all or ANY socialized healthcare. This is a privilege bill and stinks!
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    The stated purpose of campaign funds Is for the campaign This should appear obvious to most people The misappropriation of these fund should not be allowed to happen Especially without prior disclosure To donors
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    Hell no. Period.
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    They need to pay for healthcare and childcare like everyone else
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