Money in Politics
We must protect our government, and ourselves, from the corrupting influence of money in politics. Since the Citizens United Decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2010, “dark money” in politics has become an increasingly large and corrupting force in our political system. Our representatives in Washington are more frequently doing the work of their wealthy donors and the corporate lobbyists who defend multinational corporations, and not as focused on doing the work of the people they represent. Congressman Upton is a prime example of this, as someone who has taken more and more money from corporate PACs, had less and less engagement with people in his district (it’s been more than 8 years since he had a open and unscripted town hall meeting in this District), and someone who has changed his policy positions over time while voting in the interest of his donors over the interests of his constituents.
When in Congress, Matt will do anything he can to ensure we have a more representative and ethical government where corporations are not given the same rights as people. We need 100% transparency in the financing of our political system. Dark money needs to be eliminated. We must also limit gerrymandering, stop all efforts to disenfranchise voters, and give full representation to the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and other U.S. Territories. Matt believes in public financing of elections, and will support legislation to test and implement campaign finance models such as:
- Creating a matching fund system that would allow for all individual contributions of up to $150 to be matched. This system would create greater equity between big donors and small donors by giving those without the means to write $1,000 checks a larger voice in the election process.
- A small dollar voucher system that would give every citizen vouchers to donate to campaigns. Thus they would be able to decide which politician gets their vouchers. This system again would create equity between big donors and small donors in how politicians compete for donations.
Ultimately, what we need to do is overturn the Citizens United decision, plan and simple. In the absence of any new legislation to address the factors that led to the Supreme Court’s decision, Matt would support a 28th amendment to declare that corporations do not have the same standing as people in our legal system.