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Susan Bysiewicz on Government Reform

 


Repeal Citizens United; end loopholes for special interests

Murphy and Bysiewicz agreed on the necessity for legislative action or a constitutional amendment to modify or repeal a Supreme Court decision, Citizens United vs. the Federal Election Commission, that they said has given more power to special interests to affect campaigns.

Bysiewicz criticized the effects of "loopholes and incentives" for special interests and said that "This election is all about restoring a sense of balance to Washington."

Source: Minuteman News Center on 2012 CT Senate debate , May 30, 2012

Public financing for federal elections

Murphy said he was "proud" to work on Connecticut's laws calling for publicly financed campaigns and said Washington should follow the same model. He also proposed a constitutional amendment overturning the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, which allowed the formation of political committees that could accept unlimited donations.

Bysiewicz also said she would propose a bill to bring public financing to federal elections similar to the ones that apply to Connecticut's statewide races. She also pitched a plan to ban gifts and campaign contributions from lobbyists. "Wealthy people have enough advocates in Washington," Bysiewicz said. "That's what this primary is about. It's about who will stand up for the middle class."

Source: Easton Daily Voice on 2012 CT Senate debate , May 24, 2012

Open primaries & public financing for state elections

Unfortunately, far too often the business of government is done behind closed doors, blocked from the public eye. Decisions that result from backroom deals don't serve the public interest. We need open, accountable leadership and that's what I will always fight for in the U.S. Senate.
Source: Campaign website, www.susanforct.com, "Issues" , Jul 16, 2011

Other candidates on Government Reform: Susan Bysiewicz on other issues:
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CA:Feinstein(D) vs.Emken(R) vs.Taitz(R)
CT:Bysiewicz(D) vs.Murphy(D) vs.Shays(R) vs.McMahon(R)
DE:Carper(D) vs.Wade(R)
FL:Nelson(D) vs.LeMieux(R) vs.Mack(R)
HI:Hirono(D) vs.Case(D) vs.Lingle(R)
IN:Lugar(R) vs.Mourdock(R) vs.Donnelly(D)
MA:Brown(R) vs.Warren(D) vs.Clark(G)
MD:Cardin(D) vs.Bongino(R)
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MN:Klobuchar(D) vs.Arwood(R) vs.Hernandez(R) vs.Severson(R)
MO:McCaskill(D) vs.Akin(R) vs.Steelman(R)
MS:Wicker(R) vs.Gore(D)
MT:Tester(D) vs.Rehberg(R)
ND:Heitkamp(D) vs.Berg(R) vs.Sand(R)

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UT:Hatch(R) vs.Howell(D) vs.Liljenquist(R) vs.Ashdown(D) vs.Chaffetz(R)
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