Virtual Congress Vote. This bill is introduced by Congressman Veritas (?) of Texas. This bill is called the Campaign Finance Reform & Corruption Prevention Act of 2013. It is available to be read in the comments section of this poll.
THE BILL IS PASSED.
Oh god, Nay Nay Nay!
As author of the Government Corruption Reform Act that has worked so well for our Congress I urge you all to pass this bill as a continuation of that goal of eliminating corruption.
Congressman Veritas, Congressman Mattwall1 has introduced 2 Amendments to this bill. You have one hour to reply "I object" to prevent them from being introduced, or you can reply "No objection" to send the Amendments to the floor to be voted upon.
Mr speaker, that hour is long past
My apologies. I lost track of time.
This bill is not reform or corruption prevention. It is nothing but a disguised effort to intimidate people into not contributing to a party for fear their names will be made public and in turn they are ostracized for not being PC.
You realize this applies to everyone, not just one party.
Of course I do. Again, do you really think your neighbors and co workers ought to know if you donate to a certain party??? If you are applying for a job should your future boss have access to this info?
I can see over a certain large amount but "any and all." This is ridiculous.
Would you like an amendment that would require the PAC to say we donated x and the money when to a, b, and c, but would only require an individual to be named when it's over a certain amount of money?
Sorry, but my questions.... Do you really want your conservative boss to be able to look up and see that you donated 500 to a liberal PAC??
Considering we have anti discrimination laws in place, including for political views....
Yeah, those anti discrimination laws stopped the IRS....
Did I say I'm not all for reform? I'm absolutely in favor of reform and making sure those laws get enforced. But we shouldn't allow our elections to be bought either
You don't have to reveal personal information on everyone in the country who makes a PAC donation to ensure elections are not bought. That is absurd. This is an incredible invasion of privacy.
My amendment would curve that. If job doe donates $5 he isn't revealed. If John worthington donates $5000 depending where the bar is set, he might, like with many non profits anyway
I don't support any of this. I can see the left want it, because the unions are not excluded and they can get all their members to work for the democrats.
Unions are, at least I consider them an impersonal entity
By my reading unions are also clearly excluded.
I don't support any of this, either. Unions and corporations should be able to contribute!
Campaign Finance Reform & Corruption Prevention Act of 2013:
1. All political action committees are required to make any all contributions by any persons public information.
2. All campaign and political contributions (any entity that spends on candidates) are limited to $1,000 and must be made public info.
3. Candidate's campaigns (PACs excluded) may not solicit donations earlier than 1 year before the election date.
How about companies and unions?
4. Corporations and other impersonal entities may not contribute to political campaign organizations, only people.
May I suggest an amendment!
I consider this an invasion of privacy.
I like everything but 2. There shouldn't be a limit for anyone to donate.
"political action committees are required to make any all contributions by any persons PUBLIC information."
This is not an invasion of privacy. This is to ensure our democratic process is not high jacked. These are common sense reforms that people on both sides of the aisle should agree with.
Mr Angerer. Would you support a hard limit in the TOTAL amount a candidate can get?
Do you consider pac's to have the same right as people?
Go for it
By go for it I mean feel free to introduce your Amendment here.
No. There should be no limit on the amount contribution given or received.
Well I have 2
The first is based off the fact candidates used to release their financial records, so amendment 1: candidates who receive any federal funding (yes that is done) must release their financial records going back at least 6 fiscal years.
It is an invasion of privacy and nothing but an excuse for donor intimidation. Do you really believe you ought to know who your neighbors and coworkers donate to?
2: a hard limit in the amount any presidential candidate an receive from outside forces (ie not his own personal finances, just his or her not their spouse or other family members) shall be set by the congress
Congressman Veritas, do you have any objection to Mattwall1's Amendments to your bill?
On second thought, forget what I said. I say yes, to matts amendment. But no to it if not.
I believe Veritas... Is either Independent or a democrat (I think he latter)
I'm an independent.