In Citizens United vs. the Federal Ethics Commission, 558 U.S. 310 (2010), the Supreme Court ruled that non-profit and for-profit corporations have the right to make political contributions as a form of free speech. This has allowed corporations, special interests and their lobbyists to buy our elections, using dark money that can’t be tracked back to individuals. The decision undermines the influence of average Americans making small campaign contributions to help their candidates of choice. This has to change—either through a Constitutional Amendment or through campaign finance reform. Federal contractors should also have to disclose what they spend on campaigns.
I would also support legislation to require Presidential candidates to disclose their taxes.
I support closing the loophole in the anti-nepotism rules that allow the President to have his daughter and son in law on his staff.
I think there also needs to be consequences for lying on disclosure forms and lying under oath.
Congress should not be allowed to engage in Insider Trading, with less restrictive disclosure requirements on trading that apply to other citizens.
We should not privatize prisons or immigration enforcement detention centers. They are too incented to detain people for too long and they lack accountability.
Taxpayers should not have to pay for sexual harassment settlements brought against our lawmakers.