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crispini Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-01-10 04:37 PM
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8. I just added this one over there
Clean Money Clean Elections
Resolution to establish public funding of political campaigns in Texas

WHEREAS political campaigns have become so expensive that ordinary Americans no longer feel they have a voice in their democracy and good people dont have a fair chance to compete and

WHEREAS special interests have more influence over legislation than the voters and

WHEREAS candidates and lawmakers spend more time fundraising than taking care of business

THEREFORE LET IT BE RESOLVED: that we shall create a publicly financed campaign system that gives candidates an option to forego private funding without having to undermine their ability to run a competitive campaign. It also allows qualified candidates to run for public office without compromising their independence, since they won't have to ask for money from those with a vested interest in public policy.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT: Precinct _____ Democrats endorse the passage of the FAIR ELECTIONS NOW ACT (S.752) in the Senate sponsored by Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Arlen Specter (D-Pa.), and in the House (H.R.1826) sponsored by Reps. John Larson (D-Conn.) and Walter Jones (R-N.C.). We also endorse the CLEAN MONEY, CLEAN ELECTIONS ACT (H.R. 2056) sponsored by Rep. John Tierney (D-MA).

These bills would accomplish five key objectives favored by most Americans, as it would:
Eliminate the perceived and real conflicts of interest caused by the financing of campaigns by private interests;
Limit campaign spending by requiring that candidates who choose to participate in the Clean Money, Clean Elections system spend no more than the fixed amount of Clean Money, Clean Elections funding they receive;
Allow qualified individuals to run for office regardless of their economic status or access to large contributors;
Free candidates and elected officials from the burden of continuous fundraising; and
Shorten the effective length of campaigns (when the public is bombarded with broadcast ads and mass mailings) by defining the point at which candidates receive Clean Money, Clean Elections funding to pay for campaign expenditures.

Submitted to and Adopted by Precinct Number____________, __________________________County

Precinct Convention Secretary:____________________________________, date:________________
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