Politics

Clinton To Outline Campaign Finance Reform Proposal

| by Ethan Brown

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Sept. 8 will unveil new measures aimed at curbing the amount of monetary donations political campaigns and candidates can receive moving forward in the nation’s election process.

Previously, Clinton stated her support for a constitutional amendment to reverse the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United v. FEC, which allows for unlimited donations from labor unions, wealthy Americans and corporations in the form of a Super PAC, the International Business Times reported.

One of Clinton’s ideas involves closing loopholes which allow outside groups to spend millions of dollars on political campaigns without having to disclose their identities. Clinton also stated her support for proposals to nominate justices to the U.S. Supreme Court who “value the right to vote over the right of billionaires to buy elections.”

“We have to end the flood of secret, unaccountable money that is distorting our elections, corrupting our political system, and drowning out the voices of too many everyday Americans,” Clinton’s campaign said in a statement.

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“Our democracy should be about expanding the franchise, not charging an entrance fee. It starts with overturning the Supreme Court’s Citizen United decision, and continues with structural reform to our campaign finance system so there’s real sunshine and increased participation,” the statement continued.

Possibly to steal some votes from her greatest intraparty rival, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Clinton’s approach on the issue is contradictory to her campaign’s actions on finance. For example, major firms on Wall Street have donated millions of dollars to her second bid for the presidency, with Priorities USA Action, a Super PAC, raising $15.6 million for her campaign in the first six months of this year.

Clinton’s statement will be released with a campaign video on Tuesday. Also, it was announced that she will appear on The Tonight Show on Sept. 16 and will sit down for an interview with ABC’s David Muir later Tuesday.

Later this week, Clinton will campaign in Ohio and Wisconsin after appearing in the nation’s capital to announce her support of the Iran deal on Sept. 9, Politico noted.

Sources: International Business Times, Politico / Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Secretary of Defense