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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: January 14, 2019 03:34 PM
From: Representative Frank Dermody
To: All House members
Subject: Government for the People (Campaign Finance Reform)
 
The voices of rich people shouldn’t be allowed to drown out the voices of working families – especially when they hide behind non-profit groups so nobody knows who’s really paying the bill.

It’s made people lose faith in their lawmakers and their government. It’s time we put the people back in charge.

I’m reintroducing bills to put the people first and turn off the corporate money machine.

We’re going to require those “dark money” groups to come out into the light and show everyone who is really writing the checks.

We’re going to require companies looking to write checks to ask the shareholders just who should get any donation over $10,000. Shareholders are the “owners” so they shouldn’t have to sit back while the CEO takes their money and gives it without oversight.

Finally, we’re going to put hard caps on how much any donation can be. Here’s what the new limits would be:
  • $1,500 per election to House and Senate candidates
  • $5,000 per election to statewide candidates
  • $10,000 per election to House and Senate candidates from PACs
  • $10,000 per election to PAC’s from political parties
  • $250,000 aggregate limit per election for House and Senate candidates
  • $1,000,000 aggregate limit per election for statewide candidates
  • $5,000,000 aggregate limit per election for governor
You shouldn’t have to be a millionaire to serve the people. You definitely shouldn’t have to owe a favor to a millionaire to serve the people either. Please join the fight and put the people back in charge.



Introduced as HB795