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Committee on Rules and Administration
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Committee on AdministrationIntroducedMarch 7th, 2019
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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.
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.