Shea-Porter’s Plan Takes On Campaign Finance Reforms, The Revolving Door Of Members Becoming Lobbyists, More Transparency From Lobbyists and Members, And Eliminating Taxpayer Funded Perks
Rochester, NH — Today, the Shea-Porter campaign is releasing a comprehensive plan to reform how Congress does business. The plan takes direct aim at our broken campaign finance laws, lobbying disclosure, Congressional disclosure, and Congressional perks.
“I promised never to accept corporate PAC or lobbyist donations. I’ve kept my promises to you, but Congress needs to change the way it does business. We have to shut the revolving door. We need to increase transparency in lobbying and Members’ personal financial disclosure reports. And we need Congress to live within its means and set an example. That means getting rid of the perks. The abuse of franking privileges needs to stop. I have personally never charged taxpayers for first class, but if Members wish to fly First Class, they should not charge taxpayers for the upgrade. And although Members do not get free health care for life, I propose a law so it can never happen,” said Carol Shea-Porter.
The Shea-Porter plan is a set of proposals to reform campaign finance laws, shut the revolving door, improve lobbying disclosure, get rid of the perks, and require more disclosure from Members of Congress. It requires Super PACs to disclose their donors, expands the cooling off period for lobbyists, and forces them to report more of their activities. It also improves the disclosure forms Members of Congress must file, narrowing the reporting ranges for assets and stock trades and making the data available in electronically usable format.
Shea-Porter is taking on Campaign Financing directly by:
- Close the Super PAC loophole to make incorporated entities who give money reveal their funding sources so voters know who is trying to influence our elections
- Match small dollar donations so our representatives spend less time fundraising and more time serving you
- Most importantly, we need to get rid of the Citizens United decision that allowed unlimited anonymous spending. We need a Constitutional Amendment that states very clearly that corporations are not people and that Congress and the states have the power to regulate money in federal elections, so we can re-impose reasonable limits on campaign spending
Shea-Porter proposal also wants to close the revolving door of members becoming lobbyists by:
- Prohibit all lobbyists from lobbying their Congressional colleagues or former office for at least 2 years. This applies to all former senior Congressional and Administration staff as well
- Close the so called “senior advisors” loophole employed by lobbyists to get around registration requirements
- Take away all special privileges, like access to the House Dining Room, for Members that become lobbyists, for as long as they are lobbyists
You can see more details on improving lobbying disclosure, increasing transparency from members, and eliminating taxpayer funded perks in the full plan found here.