For Immediate Release
October 4, 2018
Contact: Mitch Schwartz, 970-316-3095
Jason Crow Demands Campaign Finance Reform Be the First Item on the Agenda in 2019
Crow, 100 other candidates call for sweeping reform bill to be H.R.1
Aurora – Former Army Ranger and first-time candidate Jason Crow today led an unprecedented coalition of over 100 House challengers to call on Congress to make a government and election reform bill the first item on the agenda for the next Congress in 2019.
Crow has refused to accept any money from corporate PACs. His opponent, career politician Rep. Mike Coffman, has accepted nearly $2 million from corporate PACs. In a letter to the House of Representatives, Crow writes:
Restoring faith in our elections and in the integrity of our elected officials should be a top priority that all members of Congress can agree upon. Without these reforms we will be unable to truly regain the public’s trust or tackle the challenges of our day, like the costs of health care and prescription drugs, the opioid epidemic, or building an economy that is strong for working families.
For those reasons, these reforms must be sweeping, and they must be bold. They must be the very first item Congress addresses. We must not yield on this demand, the American public is counting on us.
“The flood of unaccountable money in politics makes our representatives less accountable than ever to the Americans they’re supposed to serve,” said Jason Crow. “This letter makes it clear that the time has come to end corruption in Washington – and the new generation of servant leaders in Congress won’t wait any longer.”
Key elements of the bill would include reforming the role of money in politics to ensure more transparency and accountability in our elections; eliminating foreign money from our political system; limiting the undue influence of mega donors and special interests; and incentivizing small dollar donors. The bill must also include lobbying reform, ethics reform, redistricting reform, and voting rights protections.
“The American people know that Washington isn’t working for them. They want candidates who will unrig the system and put the people ahead of mega donors and special interests,” said End Citizens United President Tiffany Muller. “Jason and the rest of the candidates on this letter are serious about reform, and End Citizens United is proud to have endorsed him. We look forward to working with Jason to help pass meaningful reforms that clear the way for Congress to do the people’s business.”
A bipartisan poll conducted by the George W. Bush Institute, the University of Pennsylvania’s Biden Center and Freedom House shows that money in politics is one of the top reasons people believe the government does not represent them.
You can read the full text of the letter here.
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