Rep. Kaptur Introduces Three Campaign Finance Bills To Restore Control Over Elections Back To The American People
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), the longest serving woman in the United States Congress and senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, has introduced three pieces of legislation to stem the flow of dark money into our elections, increase transparency in our electoral process, and restore control over our Democracy back to the American people:
“Out-of-control campaign spending in U.S. elections has brought troubling consequences on the state of governance in the U.S. and seriously impacted the confidence of voters in the integrity of our elections,” said Rep. Kaptur. “If we are to restore the American people’s faith in our democratic process, then we must take meaningful steps to reform our campaign finance system. I urge my colleagues to stand with the people, not major corporations or wealthy donors, and support this common sense legislation.”
Congresswoman Kaptur introduced H.J Res. 39, a Constitutional Amendment to nullify Citizens United v. FEC and grant Congress and the States the power to establish limits on contributions and expenditures in elections for public office. Additionally, the amendment concludes that First Amendment protections do not apply to the political speech of corporations and other business organizations with respect to the disbursement of funds in connection with public elections.
Congresswoman Kaptur also introduced H.Con.Res 11, a resolution to express the sense of Congress that the Supreme Court misinterpreted the First Amendment to the Constitution in the case of Buckley v. Valeo, which equated campaign spending with free speech and cleared the way for foreign and special interests to funnel dark money through 501(c)(4) organizations. Buckley v. Valeo failed to recognize the corrosive effect unlimited campaign spending has on our electoral process and in order to secure free speech as a right of the people rather than corporations this misinterpretation must be reversed.
Congresswoman Kaptur’s third bill, H.R. 896, the Fairness in Political Advertising Act, would require television broadcasting stations to make available two hours of free advertising broadcast time in each even-numbered year to each qualified political candidate in a statewide or national election. This would help level the playing field for viable candidates running against campaigns bankrolled by special interests.