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house Bill H.R. 20

Countering Big Money in Politics

Argument in favor

Makes the voices of everyday citizens as important as those of major donors in deciding the outcome of political elections.

Argument opposed

Closing of corporate tax loopholes in order to pay for the legislation could have a butterfly effect.

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      house Committees
      Committee on Administration
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Communications and Technology
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedFebruary 5th, 2014
    This is a democracy, not an oligarchy. The people's votes should weigh just as much as, if not more, big money donors.
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    I would really like to see this legislation addressed. This so called dark money or special interest money is repugnant! If the SCOTUS sees fit to allow this big money seize control. Then we should have the right to fight back against this gross act of injustice against the people. The veil should be lifted and the light of day show this for what it really is. THE BEST GOVERNMENT MONEY CAN BUY! There is a club, and the people of this country aren't in it.
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    The voice of we the people needs to be heard
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    We the people, not we the corporations.
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    Dark money needs to be exposed on both sides. Buying influence is not democracy
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    It is a start. Not sure it will 'soothe the savage beast', however. If it turns out to be effective we can always come back for further reforms. If it proves to be a 'leaky boat' we will have to plug the leaks. Short: we will have to watch it carefully.
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    We must have real campaign finance reform.
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    Close the LLC loophole in NY while you're at it.
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    This is worth passing, if only because it moves us in the right direction. However, the influence of money on our representatives will only be removed by limiting the funding of campaigns to public funds (Such that not even the candidate's own funds can be used toward their campaign). Further, by equalizing funding across candidates for a particular office (perhaps those that acquire a predetermined number of voter endorsements), we will move toward equality and the ultimate goal of democracy.
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    This is common sense. Get corporate money out of politics!
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    The 99% need to be heard!!
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    We need to make sure elections are fair and not set up to favor a candidate thanks to "shadow money" or election scandals. The constitution says the people get to choose their representatives, so this right needs to be protected. This will also help reduce possibly political corruption.
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    We need campaign finance reform now. Too much power with a bunch of rich bossy jerks.
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    Equal opportunity for candidates needed! Money limited and enforced!
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    I appreciate that this bill addresses corporate tax loopholes in addition to campaign finance. I believe passing this bill would be a step in the right direction, but I don't think it goes far enough to eliminate the corrupting influence of big money in politics. Let's get this passed, then look at what else can be done to ensure that our elections represent the will of "we" the people, NOT "we" the corporations and the 1%.
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    This is at the heart of our election problems.
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