Campaign Finance Reform
Congress is broken in large part because Congresspeople are beholden to their donors – especially special interests like fossil fuel and pharmaceutical companies.
No fossil fuel money – My campaign will not take money from PACs, lobbyists, or executives of fossil fuel companies.
No corporate PAC money – My campaign will not take donations from corporate PAC’s, we prioritize the interests of those we’re striving to represent, not corporations.
Overturn Citizens United
In 2010 the Supreme Court overruled a ban on independent spending by corporations, ushering in a new era of unchecked campaign donations and super PAC’s. After this ruling outside spending in federal elections soared from $338 million in 2008 to $1.4 billion in 2016.
Corporations shouldn’t be able to buy politicians. I support the proposed constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United, and I will never take donations from corporations.
Reinstate & Improve the Fairness Doctrine
These days, it feels as though our country grows further divided with each passing news cycle. It is time America updates and reinstates the Fairness Doctrine, a policy that required the holders of broadcast licenses (news companies) to present controversial issues of public importance and to do so in a manner that was honest, equitable, and balanced. This policy ensured that between 1949 and 1987 news outlets had to present information in a balanced and equitable way. We now have a media landscape where “news anchors” are really talking heads for corporate interests and not journalists who feel compelled to report the truth to the American people.
The Supreme Court recently ruled that determining when partisan gerrymandering was too extreme was beyond the scope of their court. I disagree but since they won’t take action the burden will fall to Congress and state legislatures. I support the creation of independent, nonpartisan redistricting commissions to decide the boundaries for federal representation. Voters should be choosing their politicians, not the other way around.
Voting is the best way to have a say in how your government operates. I support making it easier for Americans to vote, as easy as it is here in Oregon. Federally we should vote by paper ballot that is sent to you in the mail, and you should be automatically registered to vote when you turn voting age or interact with a government office.
I support the For the People Act, H.R. 1, which works to expand American’s access to the ballot box, reduce the influence of big money in politics and strengthen ethics rules.