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house Bill H.R. 6433

Should Members of (& Candidates For) Congress be Prohibited From Fundraising When Congress is in Session?

Argument in favor

Members of Congress spend a significant amount of their time focusing on fundraising, rather than legislating, which has turned politics into more of a fundraising arms race rather than being focused on policymaking. It also makes elections increasingly expensive, giving fundraisers outsized power in politics.

Mancos's Opinion
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09/15/2018
It is time to change how we “do” politics. The appearance is that votes are “purchased” and Congress no longer represents their constituents but instead the lobbyists and corporate donors. Get rid of gerrymandering and level the playing field. The only time my representative show up is for photo opportunities and fundraisers. If the current administration has done any good it’s been to show us it is time for substantive change.
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Mike's Opinion
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09/15/2018
Politicians spend most of their time raising money by either calling and begging or begging in person and offering their soul to special interests. This is why almost every bill that is brought up today is written by special interest groups like ALEC. If they are banned from begging for money while in session, maybe they would actually read a bill or even write one themselves! I actually support public funding, no more “dark money”, PAC money or spending most of the day begging for cash. Public funding creates an equal playing field, no one gets more than their opponent and it encourages the politicians to go out door to door to meet the people they want to represent! Those who don’t want to work for the job won’t get it!
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Susan's Opinion
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09/15/2018
We freaking pay them to work for us not raise money for themselves.
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Argument opposed

Members of Congress do not, on average, spend an unreasonable amount of time fundraising. Given the amount of time members have out of session, it’s also plausible that most members are able to fit their fundraising activities in around votes and Congressional responsibilities.

burrkitty's Opinion
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09/15/2018
Overturning Citizens United and running elections from public funding instead of private funding would have a larger effect on getting corrupted money out of politics then restricting the timeline. All this bill does is increased the necessity of huge dark money donors. Not the goal. Also Sneaky Peat is TOTALLY WRONG about how much time a CongressCritter spends fundraising. It is 6-8 hours EVERY DAY. 85% of their time. They have party quotas to fill and everything. I agree that we need campaign-finance reform but this is not the path. By the way, money is NOT speech and corporations are NOT people.
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Katherine's Opinion
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09/15/2018
Preventing Congress from fundraising during session will only encourage taking money from big money donors who are buying legislation. End Citizens United and use public funding.
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Elaine's Opinion
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09/15/2018
This would help Republicans who have millionaires to donate, not average Americans who donate little amounts all year. Let’s have Federally funded campaigns, that would solve the problem this bill addresses in a better way. Get all donated money out of elections. Power to the people not corporate America.
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      Committee on Administration
    IntroducedJuly 18th, 2018
    We should get corporate money out of elections completely. It's the way the Founding Fathers set things up when they started the country. Our so-called representatives are corrupted.
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    There needs to be extensive campaign reform in this country. Everyone needs to focus on their duty to this country while in office. Money raised should not be a major factor. We must put a stop to big money and the buying of politicians. As an example a government sponsored website and TV channel where every politician or candidate is listed with a link to their own personal site. Anyone from any state could tune to any of their devices anytime and check out what is happening. People could listen and comment on ideas and policies effecting their state or this country. Let’s get down to the real issues of today without all the disfunction, lies and insults. Broadcast locally and all over the country. Every Candidate could be heard at any time and people could to access them individually to get informed on issues and policies. That would eliminate a need for raising excessive amounts of money which corrupts our Democracy.
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    And while we’re REFORMING campaigns we need to get rid of Citizens United, Super PACs, PACs, and make it ONLY those who can vote for the person give to their campaign. That is no more out-of-district/state/country or ANY corporation/company/partnership contributions. And the total amount a single voter, including the candidates, can give in a campaign cycle is 5K to ALL campaigns. It’s time to stop the buying of candidates and votes. People elected to Congress are to REPRESENT those who live in their district/state, not elsewhere. Maybe then Congress will actually do their jobs for ALL and not just the wealthy, large corporations, and foreign entities buying their votes by hiding their contributions through Super PACs.
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    👎🏻H.R 6433 AKA Go to Washington, Go to Work Act I’d be opposed to the HOUSE Bill H.R. 6433 AKA - Go to Washington, Go to Work Act which will prohibit members of Congress and congressional candidates from soliciting campaign funds on any day in which the branch of Congress the candidate is running for is in session. Members and candidates would be prohibited from participating in events by attending, speaking, or being a featured guest. Under current law, federal candidates are prohibited from soliciting “soft” money but members of Congress are allowed to “attend, speak or be a featured guest at a fundraising event.” Members of Congress do not, on average, spend an unreasonable amount of time fundraising. Given the amount of time members have out of session, it’s also plausible that most members are able to fit their fundraising activities in around votes and Congressional responsibilities. 9*15*18 ..... SneakyPete.
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    Go to Work Act — would prohibit members of Congress and congressional candidates from soliciting campaign funds on any day in which the branch of Congress the candidate is running for is in session. What and do their job, they were elected to do. How do you expect them to live on social security and Medicare?
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    This seems like it’s full of holes. We feel like we’ve done something but we really just redirected it. Besides, it favors the richest Congress critters. They want power not money. Money is just the means to stay in power. Reduce their power and the worst of the power hungry will find something else.
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    Unfortunately this legislation doesn’t actually solve the real problem which is our horribly corrupt campaign finance system itself. Members of Congress are worrying about fundraising all the time because they’re forced to otherwise they’ll have a tough time getting re-elected. We need public financing of elections so that we can do away with this incredibly perverse system of legalized bribery.
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    Yes, the members of Congress and those running for Congress should be prohibited from raising money while Congress is in session. It is widely known that most of a congress person’s time is spent raising money. The solution to this would be to ban corporate money from politics.
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    Members of Congress spend more time fundraising than looking after their sworn duties. Limit them to days when Congress is not in session and do not allow Congress to cut the number of days they are in session
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    Lets be honest, all fundraising for campaigning should be abolished. If money were removed as the motivation for wanting to be in congress we’d have a better class of leader working for our interests. All that money spent on campaigns could be used in more useful ways. I mean if the Kock Brothers or Mercers spend the millions they pour into candidates, into education, for instance... our kids might be able to be the smartest in the world. Just think how superior we’d be then.
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    Most certainly...Yes...stop it! While in Session, then, discuss alternative ways to fund..yourselves so that you do give undivided attention to the work to be done that benefits your ‘at home’ community and the Nation as a whole.
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    Definitely! It should be illegal to raise any campaign funds ever. It should be illegal to make political donations to any candidate, PAC, party, entity of any kind. Zero political contributions by anyone to anyone, or anything.
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    It seems that politicians are CONSTANTLY fundraising for their next election. How about they do the job the were elected for instead?
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    The rest of us have to work for a living maybe they should too.
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    They should be spending their time worrying about legislation issues instead of fundraising for their election or reelection campaigns. If they spend more time on legislation it would help create viable solutions to our problems, because it would allow them find to actually debate the issues instead of going with what the party says. They could actually start thinking for themselves as it will help them concentrate more on legislation.
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    Frankly I don’t know who or what to believe coming out of congress or the WH...actions speak louder...I will be assessing for future leadership changes. Some of you have seen better days or simply lost touch. But it is time for change...regardless of party...maybe that’s the problem.
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    As a first step I would vote yes but the we must address the fundamental issues of our election process,especially campaign finance. The current system is loaded with the wrong incentives that threaten our self governance and powerful economic system. We need to reduce the campaign timeframe,reduce costs and limit contributions to only individuals not special interests and corporations and related entities. A campaign trust fund can be established to fund campaigns equally.
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    This is a minimal start. The real answer is to eliminate private money in politics. Our current "system" is simply legal bribery.
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    And then take it a step further: prevent fundraising altogether. Take money completely out of politics. No one should be able to influence a political candidate just because of a "donation". The only differences between campaign contributions and bribery involve spelling.
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    I sent them to DC to do a job, not apply to do another.
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