Our Democracy is broken and our campaign finance system is rigged to favor special interests in Washington – not Maine’s people. In the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s decision on Citizens United, secret outside groups have spent millions of dollars to influence elections in order to take power away from everyday people.
Politicians can’t make progress to fix our expensive healthcare system, close tax loopholes, and address oil dependency, bad trade deals, and climate change because big money special interests have too much power over Congress and our elections.
Until we can repeal the Supreme Court’s decision on Citizens United, passing policies that force greater transparency and accountability in campaign finance is our best option. There are far too many loopholes that allow billionaires, corporations, and organizations to launder money, skirt campaign finance laws, and funnel unlimited, unaccountable dollars – what we call dark money – into elections.
We must lead by example and oppose dark money spending in Maine.
- Today, I’m calling on my opponents to pledge to reject secret “Dark Money” spending in our race. Transparency and accountability is clearly missing in this Democratic Primary.
- I will denounce all outside expenditures made on my behalf by secretive donors. If you aren’t willing to support me publicly by disclosing the source of your money, then stay out of Maine’s elections. Voters deserve to know who is funding our campaigns, who is spending money to influence their vote, and why.
We must hold ourselves to a higher standard to end the culture of corruption in Washington.
- I reject all Corporate PAC Money.
- In Congress, I pledge to hold at least one town hall meeting per quarter.
- In Congress, I will represent Maine, not corporate special interests.
We must overturn Citizens United. The Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision gave corporations more power than people, allowing them to spend unlimited money in our elections.
We must commit to policy solutions and legislative reforms that increase transparency and accountability, and prevents foreign spending in U.S. elections.
- In Congress, I will support The Disclose Act (H.R.1134) that requires donor disclosure from corporations and 501c(4) organizations, like the Maine Outdoor Alliance, in U.S. elections.
- I will support the Honest Ads Act, which will update disclosure requirements for online political advertising – a loophole used by the Maine Outdoor Alliance here in Maine.
- I will support the Keeping Our Campaigns Honest (KOCH) Act, which would require political groups with anonymous donors, like the Maine Outdoor Alliance, to disclose their biggest donors at the end of their advertisements.
- I will support the Real-Time Transparency Act that requires all political contributions above $1,000 to be filed with the Federal Election Commission within 48 hours of receipt.
- I will support the Get Foreign Money Out of U.S. Elections Act, which restricts foreign owned, influenced or controlled corporations from spending money in U.S. elections.
It’s not good enough to promise campaign finance reform while continuing to “play by the rules” of a system that is rigged to favor deep-pocketed, dark money special interests. Only by holding our campaign finance practices and ourselves accountable to higher standards will we achieve the change we are fighting for.