January 23, 2020 Issues

Reducing Corruption

Washington is broken and Elise Stefanik is part of the problem. Rather than working in the best interest of Northern New Yorkers, she has accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars from corporate PACs and in Washington she does their bidding. During her tenure in Congress, she has accepted nearly $200,000 from the health insurance and pharmaceutical industry. She protects their bottom line by voting to kick 64,000 Northern New Yorkers off their healthcare, to gut protections for people with pre-existing conditions and voting against a bill that would lower prescription drug costs. Stefanik has accepted over $350,000 from the finance industry and in Washington she has supported turning Medicare into a voucher program and privatizing Social Security; all to benefit these donors.

I’ve chosen to do things differently. I am not accepting a dime of corporate PAC money. My vote will never be for sale.

On the St. Lawrence County Legislature I pushed and passed a tough ethics law to hold elected officials accountable to the people they represent. Unfortunately, that’s not how it works in Washington. Our elections have become auctions. The role of dark money, thanks to Citizens United, has threatened the very foundation of our democracy. That’s why I am rolling out a plan to help eliminate this type of corrosive corruption in our politics.

In Congress I pledge to:

  • Work to pass a Constitutional Amendment to overturn Citizens United.
  • Work to pass The Honest Ads Act: require the same disclosure rules in online political advertising that already apply to TV and radio ads.
  • Stop coordination between Super PACs and candidates: tighten rules to ensure that single-candidate Super PACs cannot act as an arm of the campaign.
  • Pledge to never become a corporate lobbyist.
  • Make the issue of reducing the influence of money in politics a national priority.
  • Refuse corporate PAC money.
  • Sponsor the DISCLOSE Act to increase disclosure requirements for dark-money groups.
  • Work to end the revolving door between the halls of Congress and lobbying firms.
  • Hold public town halls in each County in the 21st district annually.
  • Keep a public schedule so my constituents know who I am meeting with and what I am focusing on in Washington.

I am proud to have earned the endorsement of End Citizens United, a group dedicated to reducing the influence of big money in politics and countering the disastrous effects of the Citizens United decision.

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