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Governor, Mayors and Pundits:


Charlie Baker on Government Reform
Republican nominee for Governor: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Charlie Baker on other issues.
  • $500 donor limit is crazy; it's suppression of free speech. (Dec 2013)
Don Berwick on Government Reform
Democratic Gubernatorial Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Don Berwick on other issues.
  • Fight overturn or repeal Citizens United. (Feb 2014)
Martha Coakley on Government Reform
Democratic Challenger : Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Martha Coakley on other issues.
  • Current FEC reporting on donors & meetings is enough. (Dec 2009)
  • Democracy's promise based on government working well for all. (Sep 2009)
Tom Menino on Government Reform
Mayor of Boston: Click here for Tom Menino on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Deval Patrick on Government Reform
Democrat: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Deval Patrick on other issues.
  • To be in the leadership business, govern for the long-term. (Jan 2014)
  • Show up & vote, to claim a stake in government. (Apr 2011)
  • 2007: Deny myth that government only serves the powerful. (Aug 2008)
  • Limit campaign donations. (Nov 2006)
Marty Walsh on Government Reform
Mayor of Boston: Click here for Marty Walsh on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Dan Wolf on Government Reform
Democratic Challenger: Click here for Dan Wolf on other issues.
    No stance on record.

Senate:

MA 2014: 2014 MA Senate debate


Martha Coakley on Government Reform
Democratic Gubernatorial Challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Martha Coakley on other issues.
  • Current FEC reporting on donors & meetings is enough. (Dec 2009)
  • Democracy's promise based on government working well for all. (Sep 2009)
Mo Cowan on Government Reform
Democratic Appointee: Click here for Mo Cowan on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Gabriel Gomez on Government Reform
Republican Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Gabriel Gomez on other issues.
  • No anti-ad pledge; my only pledge is to Constitution. (May 2013)
Brian Herr on Government Reform
Republican Senate Challenger: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Brian Herr on other issues.
  • Reduce non-military federal workforce by 15% via attrition. (Feb 2014)
  • If we want new ideas, send new people, via term limits. (Feb 2014)
  • If we want new ideas in Washington, we must send new people. (Feb 2014)
John Kerry on Government Reform
Jr Senator (MA), Democratic nominee for President: Click here for 26 full quotes OR click here for John Kerry on other issues.
  • FactCheck: Yes, Kerry was absent from Senate 76% in 2003. (Oct 2004)
  • FactCheck: Kerry passed more than 5 bills, but less than 56. (Oct 2004)
  • Every vote must be counted. (Jan 2004)
  • Only Senator elected 4 times without a dime of PAC money. (Jun 2003)
  • Flag and patriotism belong to all Americans. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on Congressional pay raise. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on providing a US House seat for the District of Columbia. (Feb 2009)
  • Voted YES on granting the District of Columbia a seat in Congress. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring photo ID to vote in federal elections. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted NO on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on banning "soft money" contributions and restricting issue ads. (Mar 2002)
  • Voted NO on require photo ID (not just signature) for voter registration. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted YES on banning campaign donations from unions & corporations. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on funding for National Endowment for the Arts. (Aug 1999)
  • Voted YES on favoring 1997 McCain-Feingold overhaul of campaign finance. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted YES on Approving the presidential line-item veto. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted NO on banning more types of Congressional gifts. (Jul 1995)
  • Voluntary public financing for all general elections. (Aug 2000)
  • Make Election Day a national holiday. (Aug 2001)
  • Criminalize false or deceptive info about elections. (Nov 2005)
  • Reject photo ID requirements for voting. (Sep 2005)
  • Post earmarks on the Internet before voting on them. (Jan 2006)
  • Prohibit voter intimidation in federal elections. (Mar 2007)
  • Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures. (Jul 2012)
  • Prohibit 'voter caging' which intimidates minority voting. (Nov 2007)
Ed Markey on Government Reform
Democratic Representative (MA-7): Click here for 15 full quotes OR click here for Ed Markey on other issues.
  • Authored laws on Telecomm, insider trading, and Alzheimers. (Jun 2013)
  • Voted YES on Senate pay raise. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring photo ID for voting in federal elections. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on restricting independent grassroots political committees. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits about obesity against food providers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on limiting attorney's fees in class action lawsuits. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted NO on restricting frivolous lawsuits. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted NO on banning soft money donations to national political parties. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
  • Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge. (Nov 2011)
  • Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures. (Feb 2012)
Bruce Skarin on Government Reform
Independent Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Bruce Skarin on other issues.
  • Campaign finance reform to end pervasive corruption. (Feb 2014)
Elizabeth Warren on Government Reform
Democratic Challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Elizabeth Warren on other issues.
  • Overcome Wall Street's lobbyists & Congress' dirty tricks. (Dec 2011)
  • Congress must represent the people and be held accountable. (Apr 2010)

House:


Michael Capuano on Government Reform
Democratic Representative (MA-8): Click here for 19 full quotes OR click here for Michael Capuano on other issues.
  • If meetings are made public, people will not visit Senators. (Dec 2009)
  • Authored bill establishing Office of Congressional Ethics. (Oct 2009)
  • Balanced budget, yes; but during deficit, no. (Nov 2008)
  • Public funding when opponent is self-financed millionaires. (Nov 2008)
  • Voted YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring photo ID for voting in federal elections. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on restricting independent grassroots political committees. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits about obesity against food providers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on limiting attorney's fees in class action lawsuits. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted NO on restricting frivolous lawsuits. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted NO on banning soft money donations to national political parties. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
  • Reject photo ID requirements for voting. (Sep 2005)
  • Establish the United States Public Service Academy. (Mar 2007)
  • Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge. (Nov 2011)
  • Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures. (Feb 2012)
Katherine Clark on Government Reform
Democrat (District 5): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Katherine Clark on other issues.
  • Limit all campaign donations, and limit spending. (Nov 1994)
  • Establish "My Voice Voucher" small campaign contributions. (Feb 2014)
Bill Keating on Government Reform
Democrat (District 9): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Bill Keating on other issues.
  • Forced MA Senate President to accept term limits. (Nov 2010)
  • Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge. (Nov 2011)
  • Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures. (Mar 2012)
Joe Kennedy III on Government Reform
Democrat (District 4): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Joe Kennedy III on other issues.
  • Citizens United decision should be reversed. (Oct 2012)
Jim McGovern on Government Reform
Democratic Representative (MA-3): Click here for 23 full quotes OR click here for Jim McGovern on other issues.
  • Voted YES on Senate pay raise. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring photo ID for voting in federal elections. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on restricting independent grassroots political committees. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits about obesity against food providers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on limiting attorney's fees in class action lawsuits. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted NO on restricting frivolous lawsuits. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted NO on banning soft money donations to national political parties. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
  • Allow same-day voter registration on election day. (Jan 2001)
  • Criminalize false or deceptive info about elections. (Nov 2005)
  • Reject photo ID requirements for voting. (Sep 2005)
  • Establish the United States Public Service Academy. (Mar 2007)
  • Prohibit voter intimidation in federal elections. (Mar 2007)
  • Member of House Rules Committee. (Mar 2011)
  • Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge. (Nov 2011)
  • Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures. (Feb 2012)
  • Establish 15 days of early voting in all states. (Nov 2012)
  • Full disclosure of campaign spending. (Jan 2013)
  • Establish "My Voice Voucher" small campaign contributions. (Feb 2014)
Richard Neal on Government Reform
Democratic Representative (MA-2): Click here for 15 full quotes OR click here for Richard Neal on other issues.
  • Voted YES on Senate pay raise. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring photo ID for voting in federal elections. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on restricting independent grassroots political committees. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits about obesity against food providers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on limiting attorney's fees in class action lawsuits. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted NO on restricting frivolous lawsuits. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted NO on banning soft money donations to national political parties. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
  • Reject photo ID requirements for voting. (Sep 2005)
  • Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge. (Nov 2011)
  • Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures. (Feb 2012)
John Tierney on Government Reform
Democratic Representative (MA-6): Click here for 17 full quotes OR click here for John Tierney on other issues.
  • Voted YES on Senate pay raise. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring photo ID for voting in federal elections. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on restricting independent grassroots political committees. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits about obesity against food providers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on limiting attorney's fees in class action lawsuits. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted NO on restricting frivolous lawsuits. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted NO on banning soft money donations to national political parties. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
  • Member of House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform. (Mar 2011)
  • Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge. (Nov 2011)
  • Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures. (Mar 2012)
  • Establish 15 days of early voting in all states. (Nov 2012)
  • Establish "My Voice Voucher" small campaign contributions. (Feb 2014)
Richard Tisei on Government Reform
Middlesex & Essex Republican (MA Senate): Click here for Richard Tisei on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Niki Tsongas on Government Reform
Democrat: Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Niki Tsongas on other issues.
  • Voted YES on Senate pay raise. (Jun 2009)
  • Reduce the salary of Members of Congress. (Jan 2011)
  • Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge. (Nov 2011)
  • Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures. (Feb 2012)
  • Full disclosure of campaign spending. (Jan 2013)
  • Repeal automatic Congressional pay raises. (Jan 2009)

Former candidates & officeholders:


Steve Grossman on Government Reform
Democratic Challenger: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Steve Grossman on other issues.
  • Give people a reason to participate in politics again. (Dec 2001)
  • Low voter participation is a “national disgrace”. (Mar 1999)
  • Use mail-in voting, and vote over several days. (Mar 1999)
Bill Weld on Government Reform
Previous Republican Governor: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Bill Weld on other issues.
  • Reinvent ourselves from failed dogmas of big government. (Jan 1996)
Ted Kennedy on Government Reform
Democratic Sr Senator (MA): Click here for 17 full quotes OR click here for Ted Kennedy on other issues.
  • 1969: Reject Supreme Court nominations on basis of ideology. (Sep 2009)
  • Voted YES on granting the District of Columbia a seat in Congress. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring photo ID to vote in federal elections. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted NO on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on banning "soft money" contributions and restricting issue ads. (Mar 2002)
  • Voted NO on require photo ID (not just signature) for voter registration. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted YES on banning campaign donations from unions & corporations. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on funding for National Endowment for the Arts. (Aug 1999)
  • Voted YES on favoring 1997 McCain-Feingold overhaul of campaign finance. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted YES on Approving the presidential line-item veto. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted NO on banning more types of Congressional gifts. (Jul 1995)
  • Reject photo ID requirements for voting. (Sep 2005)
  • Post earmarks on the Internet before voting on them. (Jan 2006)
  • Establish the United States Public Service Academy. (Mar 2007)
  • Prohibit voter intimidation in federal elections. (Mar 2007)
  • Prohibit 'voter caging' which intimidates minority voting. (Nov 2007)
Bob Massie on Government Reform
Former Democratic Senate Challenger (2011): Click here for Bob Massie on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Setti Warren on Government Reform
Former Democratic Senate Challenger (2011): Click here for Setti Warren on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Barney Frank on Government Reform
Democratic Representative (MA-4): Click here for 16 full quotes OR click here for Barney Frank on other issues.
  • Voted YES on Senate pay raise. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring photo ID for voting in federal elections. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on restricting independent grassroots political committees. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits about obesity against food providers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on limiting attorney's fees in class action lawsuits. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted NO on restricting frivolous lawsuits. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted NO on banning soft money donations to national political parties. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
  • Prohibit non-legislated earmarks. (Jul 2005)
  • Prohibit voter intimidation in federal elections. (Mar 2007)
  • Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge. (Nov 2011)
  • Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures. (Feb 2012)
Steve Lynch on Government Reform
Democratic Representative (MA-9): Click here for 14 full quotes OR click here for Steve Lynch on other issues.
  • Serves on commerce, ethics, and rules committees. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on Senate pay raise. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring photo ID for voting in federal elections. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on restricting independent grassroots political committees. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting lawsuits about obesity against food providers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on limiting attorney's fees in class action lawsuits. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted NO on restricting frivolous lawsuits. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions. (Feb 2002)
  • Establish the United States Public Service Academy. (Mar 2007)
  • Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures. (Feb 2012)
  • Establish "My Voice Voucher" small campaign contributions. (Feb 2014)
Ed Markey on Government Reform
Democratic Representative (MA-7): Click here for 15 full quotes OR click here for Ed Markey on other issues.
  • Authored laws on Telecomm, insider trading, and Alzheimers. (Jun 2013)
  • Voted YES on Senate pay raise. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring photo ID for voting in federal elections. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on restricting independent grassroots political committees. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits about obesity against food providers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on limiting attorney's fees in class action lawsuits. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted NO on restricting frivolous lawsuits. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted NO on banning soft money donations to national political parties. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
  • Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge. (Nov 2011)
  • Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures. (Feb 2012)
John Olver on Government Reform
Democratic Representative (MA-1): Click here for 15 full quotes OR click here for John Olver on other issues.
  • Voted YES on Senate pay raise. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring photo ID for voting in federal elections. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on restricting independent grassroots political committees. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits about obesity against food providers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on limiting attorney's fees in class action lawsuits. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted NO on restricting frivolous lawsuits. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted NO on banning soft money donations to national political parties. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
  • Allow same-day voter registration on election day. (Jan 2001)
  • Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge. (Nov 2011)
  • Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures. (Feb 2012)
Tom Birmingham on Government Reform
Democratic Challenger 2002: Click here for Tom Birmingham on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Paul Celucci on Government Reform
Former Republican Governor (1999-2001): Click here for Paul Celucci on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Chris Gabrieli on Government Reform
Democratic 2006 Challenger: Click here for Chris Gabrieli on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Kerry Healey on Government Reform
Former GOP 2006 Challenger: Click here for Kerry Healey on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Carla Howell on Government Reform
Libertarian Challenger Governor (MA); 2000 Challenger for Senate: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Carla Howell on other issues.
  • Limit government to constitutional functions. (Sep 2000)
  • Shrink government enough to end income tax. (Jul 2000)
  • Libertarian government is bare-essentials small government. (Jan 2000)
  • Supports term limits; 12 years for herself. (Jan 2000)
Christy Mihos on Government Reform
Former Independent Challenger 2006: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Christy Mihos on other issues.
  • Supports public financing of elections. (Jul 2006)
  • Would pursue strict campaign finance reform. (Jun 2006)
  • Set aside 40% of tax revenues for local aid. (Jun 2006)
  • $1B shifted from special-interest projects to local aid. (Jun 2006)
Shannon O'Brien on Government Reform
Democratic Challenger 2002: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Shannon O'Brien on other issues.
  • Will hold state accountable for revenue and spending. (Feb 2002)
  • Passed whistle-blower law; restored Treasury after scandal. (Dec 2001)
Robert Reich on Government Reform
Former Dem. Challenger 2002, and Cabinet Sec'y: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Robert Reich on other issues.
  • Politicians subjected to more lobbying & money than in past. (Sep 2008)
  • Cut wasteful programs, start with across-the-board 3% cuts. (Sep 2002)
  • Establish satellite governor’s office in Berkshire County. (Apr 2002)
  • Money corrupts politics subtly. (Feb 2002)
Tom Reilly on Government Reform
Former Dem. 2006 Challenger: Click here for Tom Reilly on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Mitt Romney on Government Reform
Former GOP Governor (2003-2006); Pres. candidate (2008): Click here for 29 full quotes OR click here for Mitt Romney on other issues.
  • Regulation is essential; but it's excessive and outdated. (Oct 2012)
  • Regulatory cap: Repeal outdated regulations to make new ones. (Sep 2012)
  • FactCheck: Ryan more liberal than Romney on campaign finance. (Aug 2012)
  • Earmark system is broken; ban them with line-item veto. (Feb 2012)
  • Make government simpler, smaller, and smarter. (Jan 2012)
  • 2004: Disallowed from appointing Kerry's Senate successor. (Nov 2011)
  • I didn't inhale while governor; government is too big. (Sep 2011)
  • 1994: campaign spending limits and the abolition of PACs. (Jun 2011)
  • 2002: publicly fund campaigns; 2008: repeal McCain-Feingold. (Jun 2011)
  • Measure American success by series of cyclical indicators. (Mar 2010)
  • Dynamic regulations: forward-looking & consistently applied. (Mar 2010)
  • 1960s large donors avoided union influence in politics. (Mar 2010)
  • GovWatch: 1994: advocated spending limit on elections. (Feb 2008)
  • Washington thinks “action” means committee meetings & Bills. (Feb 2008)
  • Must know how America works, not just how Washington works. (Feb 2008)
  • Use my own money in a campaign to try and change the US. (Jan 2008)
  • Not concerned about voters on his campaign self-contribution. (Jan 2008)
  • Washington is broken due to insider lobbyists & politicians. (Jan 2008)
  • McCain-Feingold hurt our party and hurt the First Amendment. (Jan 2008)
  • Signing statements are an important presidential practice. (Dec 2007)
  • Focus on global Jihad, immigration, tax cut, and healthcare. (Dec 2007)
  • Line-item veto can & should pass constitutional muster. (Oct 2007)
  • FactCheck: 844 line item vetoes; but over 700 overridden. (Oct 2007)
  • FactCheck: Romney had 700 line-item vetoes, President cannot. (Jun 2007)
  • Never pardoned anyone as governor, but might pardon Libby. (Jun 2007)
  • McCain-Feingold law prevents free speech in campaigns. (May 2007)
  • Open document policy overcame SLOC obfuscation & scandal. (Aug 2004)
  • Balanced budget amendment and line-item veto. (Mar 2002)
  • Trickle-down government is not the answer. (Oct 2012)
Grace Ross on Government Reform
Former Green Challenger 2006: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Grace Ross on other issues.
  • Voting rights for people, not monied interests. (Jun 2006)
Jane Swift on Government Reform
Former Republican Governor (2001-2002): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Jane Swift on other issues.
  • Reforms must respect state's rights to select electors. (Aug 2001)
Warren Tolman on Government Reform
2002 Democratic Challenger MA Governor: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Warren Tolman on other issues.
  • Campaign finance reform are priorities. (Nov 2001)
Peter Blute on Government Reform
Republican Former (1994-) (District 3): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Peter Blute on other issues.
  • Limit punitive damages; term limits on Congress. (Sep 1994)
  • Government is too big, too intrusive, too easy with money. (Sep 1994)
Kenneth Chase on Government Reform
Republican Challenger, 2004 Congressional candidate: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Kenneth Chase on other issues.
  • Support public taxpayer funding for federal campaigns. (Sep 2006)
Joe Kennedy on Government Reform
Democrat (until 1999) (District 8): Click here for Joe Kennedy on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Marty Meehan on Government Reform
Democrat (Retired 2007) (District 5): Click here for 12 full quotes OR click here for Marty Meehan on other issues.
  • Voted YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring photo ID for voting in federal elections. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on restricting independent grassroots political committees. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits about obesity against food providers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on limiting attorney's fees in class action lawsuits. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted NO on restricting frivolous lawsuits. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted NO on banning soft money donations to national political parties. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
  • Supports Shays-Meehan Campaign Finance Reform. (Jul 2001)
  • Subject independent 527s to rules for political committees. (Feb 2005)
Joe Moakley on Government Reform
Democrat (until 2001) (District 9): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Joe Moakley on other issues.
  • Voted YES on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
Peter Torkildsen on Government Reform
Republican Former (1994-) (District 6): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Peter Torkildsen on other issues.
  • Limit punitive damages; term limits on Congress. (Sep 1994)
  • Government is too big, too intrusive, too easy with money. (Sep 1994)
Jeff Beatty on Government Reform
Republican Senate challenger: Click here for Jeff Beatty on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Michael Capuano on Government Reform
Democratic Representative (MA-8): Click here for 19 full quotes OR click here for Michael Capuano on other issues.
  • If meetings are made public, people will not visit Senators. (Dec 2009)
  • Authored bill establishing Office of Congressional Ethics. (Oct 2009)
  • Balanced budget, yes; but during deficit, no. (Nov 2008)
  • Public funding when opponent is self-financed millionaires. (Nov 2008)
  • Voted YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring photo ID for voting in federal elections. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on restricting independent grassroots political committees. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits about obesity against food providers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on limiting attorney's fees in class action lawsuits. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted NO on restricting frivolous lawsuits. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted NO on banning soft money donations to national political parties. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
  • Reject photo ID requirements for voting. (Sep 2005)
  • Establish the United States Public Service Academy. (Mar 2007)
  • Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge. (Nov 2011)
  • Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures. (Feb 2012)
Bill Delahunt on Government Reform
Democratic Representative (MA-10): Click here for 14 full quotes OR click here for Bill Delahunt on other issues.
  • Voted YES on Senate pay raise. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring photo ID for voting in federal elections. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on restricting independent grassroots political committees. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits about obesity against food providers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on limiting attorney's fees in class action lawsuits. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted NO on restricting frivolous lawsuits. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted NO on banning soft money donations to national political parties. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
  • Establish the United States Public Service Academy. (Mar 2007)
  • Prohibit voter intimidation in federal elections. (Mar 2007)
Paul Kirk on Government Reform
Former Democratic Senate Appointee (2009): Click here for Paul Kirk on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Brian Macdonald on Government Reform
Republican Senate Challenger: Click here for Brian Macdonald on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Ed O`Reilly on Government Reform
Democratic Senate Challenger: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Ed O`Reilly on other issues.
  • 2000 Bush-Gore decision interfered with states’ rights. (May 2007)
  • We should have government funded elections. (May 2007)
  • Kerry should have used campaign funds to fight Ohio fraud. (May 2007)
Jim Ogonowski on Government Reform
Republican Senate Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Jim Ogonowski on other issues.
  • Kerry is an out-of-touch insider; Washington is broken. (Jan 2008)
Stephen Pagliuca on Government Reform
Former Democratic Primary Senate Challenger (2009): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Stephen Pagliuca on other issues.
  • Limit on personal money allowed in an election. (Nov 2009)
Jack Robinson on Government Reform
Republican Challenger for Senate (MA): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Jack Robinson on other issues.
  • Voted NO on funding for National Endowment for the Arts. (Aug 1999)
  • Voted NO on favoring 1997 McCain-Feingold overhaul of campaign finance. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted YES on Approving the presidential line-item veto. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted NO on banning more types of Congressional gifts. (Jul 1995)
Kevin Scott on Government Reform
Republican Challenger, previously Wakefield Selectman: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Kevin Scott on other issues.
  • Lobbyists have too much control over federal government. (Jun 2006)
Bob Underwood on Government Reform
Libertarian Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Bob Underwood on other issues.
  • Laws about political expenditures do not work. (Aug 2008)
Joe L. Kennedy on Government Reform
Libertarian Senate challenger: Click here for Joe L. Kennedy on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Alan Khazei on Government Reform
Democratic Challenger: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Alan Khazei on other issues.
  • Include senior opportunities in Serve America Act. (Dec 2009)
  • Organized successful "Save AmeriCorps" coalition. (Oct 2009)
  • Special interests pollute our politics: end PAC money. (Oct 2009)
  • Refuses PAC money and lobbyist campaign donations. (Sep 2009)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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