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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 The appearance is that votes are “purchased” and Congress no longer represents their constituents but instead the lobbyists and corporate donors.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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    IntroducedJuly 18th, 2018
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    You mean they don’t get enough from lobbyists? Sorry, they need to be working rather than raising funds. After the activities of the current Chief Executive, fundraising by members of the Executive Branch should also be limited in fundraising activities. There’s no wonder his re-election coffer is historically high. He’s been fundraising for re-election since day one and his first pep rally on the taxpayers wallet!
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    Yes their focus should be on issues in congress not how to raise money. TOO MUCH Money is spent on politics. This may restrict the time spent on raising money .
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    How about they be prohibited from fundraising period? I would gladly pay to publicly finance elections and get the corrupt money out.
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    If the political system in this country was not so corrupt and driven by money, instead of driven by a true desire to serve, this would not even be a question. Citizens United and the influx of dark money through corrupt, self-serving PACs have done more harm to our system than any one group of unengaged, non-caring, big-money backed politicians ever could. In-session fund raising is not causing any deterioration of our political system. Politicians spend more time chasing money than they do listening to voters already. Truly reform campaign finance laws to give the American PEOPLE a level playing field and you just might prove you are worthy of the salaries we pay you.
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    No sitting public servant should be allowed to campaign for themselves while congress is in session. Their actions on the job should speak for themselves. If their voting history and service to their constituents are not enough to convince voters they should be re-elected, then it’s time for them to go.
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    The rest of us have to work for a living maybe they should too.
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    This is an important first step, but for any meaningful long term correction we need to overturn Citizen's United and have publicly funded elections.
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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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    Fundraising has had far too much negative impact on our government these last few years, and it’s only brought politics further away from the people whom the politicians are meant to serve. Please vote Yea and take the important step toward ending these practices.
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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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    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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    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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    They already did very little work as it is, this would (or should) help ensure they are doing the civic duty to serve. Which is what they are supposed to be; Public Servants.
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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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    Yes! Raising money should not be the primary goal of politicians. Legislating is the responsibility of the House and Senate. Both work less days and campaign more. Both sides of the aisles need to stop this craziness.
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    They should be prohibited not just while congress is in session but always! We need publicly financed elections, as well as term limits, to limit the amount of money in politics.
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    While employed By The People,they need to focus on the job they were sent to Congress to do - represent their constituents. Allowing them to raise funds for their election campaign leads them into the temptation of representing their largest campaign contributors rather than those who elect them. Since not many of them seem to be able to turn away large sums of cash, we need to help them
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    It’s time for congress to work for us! We pay them over 179k a year for to do our bidding and it’s time that they must be transparent about their bidding in our part!!
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    We should go back to how it was pre 1970’s. When all candidates could not spend beyond a certain limit in their campaign. We need to get corporations out of our government. I believe it say for the people and by the people, not for Exxon by Wall Street. Let’s take back America
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