Defending Democratic Institutions:
Government Accountability and Election Reform
America’s democratic institutions and norms must be defended. One of Jason’s proudest accomplishments is leading paratroopers in combat for this country. Wearing the American flag on his shoulder in battle left a lasting mark on his life and values. When he came home, Jason continued his dedication to democratic values as a lawyer. Defending our democratic institutions in Washington begins with ensuring accountability by our elected officials, fighting for campaign finance reform, ending gerrymandering that disenfranchises American voters and protects career politicians, and ensuring that our elections are protected and our votes count.
Trust and Accountability in Government
We are now faced with unprecedented challenges to our institutions and democratic norms. The Republican majority in Congress is refusing to exercise oversight over the executive branch, utterly failing to play the role our Constitution requires. Mike Coffman is standing on the sidelines, empowering this administration’s flouting of ethics, laws, and basic truth. Jason will protect our country at home just as he did while fighting abroad. Protecting our democratic institutions begins by restoring Americans’ trust in their representatives and the electoral process.
In Congress, Jason will fight to:
- Investigate and respond to foreign government meddling into U.S. elections and conflicts of interest by government officials
- Require presidential candidates to release their tax returns
- Codify conflict-of-interest requirements for federal candidates who may profit from private businesses while in office
- Revoke pensions from Members of Congress found guilty of crimes or who resign to avoid investigation into various abuses such as sexual misconduct
- Prevent Members of Congress from using taxpayer funds to settle claims against them
Campaign Finance Reform
Our campaign finance system is broken. Unaccountable money is flooding our elections, making anonymous donors and dark money more powerful than American voters. Jason is doing his part to end this corruption by pledging to refuse money from corporate PACs. Mike Coffman, on the other hand, has taken over $2.8 million in corporate PAC money.
In Jason’s comprehensive plan released in early 2018 (available on his website) he vowed to:
- Support legislation that will address Citizens United and court decisions that have increased the power of money in politics