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Campaign Finance

One of the most important issues threatening our democracy is the uncontrolled spending in political campaigns. In the 2016 election cycle over $3 billion was spent on our elections. This is just crazy.

Our existing members in Congress spend an average of 15-20 hours a week on fundraising for their next election. Phone calls, donor meetings and appeasing special interest groups has become the normal routine for Congress. Maybe that is why nothing gets done anymore.

Because I oppose the current system and believe that a member of Congress should be accountable to the voters in the District and not large donors and special interest groups, I have pledged not to accept funds from lobbyists or special interest groups.

As we move forward, I believe Congress must pass legislation that mandates all federal elections will be publicly funded. We must eliminate the outside influence of money in our elections.

If we can't pass legislation that mandates federally funded campaigns, I would introduce legislation that limits all campaign contributions- from individuals, companies and special interest groups to $200. This would force campaigns to be funded with grassroots support and eliminate the influence big money has on our elections.

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