Where Bob Dole Stands on
Congressional and Campaign Finance Reform
Americans Have Lost Confidence in Our Elected Representatives
Too many Americans have lost faith in our elected leaders. Many see their
representatives as people who live by separate laws and are indebted to the
big-money special interests that helped elect them.
Bob Dole believes that the American people deserve meaningful political and
campaign finance reform. Members of Congress must be held accountable to their
constituents and live under the same laws as the American people. And the
current system through which we finance political campaigns must be fixed.
That's why one of Dole's final acts as a Senator was to introduce legislation
creating an independent campaign-finance reform commission whose
recommendations would receive a straight up or down vote in Congress.
Bob Dole Has Fought for Meaningful
Bob Dole's record shows a solid commitment to true reform. During his career,
- Introduced his first
campaign finance reform measures in 1974. These measures strengthened
reporting and disclosure requirements for federal elections.
- Voted more than 30 times
against congressional pay increases.
- Voted to prohibit members of
Congress from receiving honoraria.
- Pushed the Congressional
Accountability Act through Congress which requires members of Congress to
live under the same laws that apply to everyone else.
- Led the Senate to pass the
first comprehensive lobbying reform in over 45 years. The bill tightened
registration and disclosure requirements for lobbyists, without infringing
upon the ability of Americans to petition their government.
- Led the successful effort
last year to amend the Senate's ethics rules that sharply restrict the
ability of Senators to receive gifts.
- Introduced legislation to
ban contributions by political action committees, restrict fundraising
outside a candidate's own state, prohibit taxpayer-financed
"franked" mass mailings a full year before an election, and ban
the practice of "bundling" contributions. Bob Dole has not sent
mass mailings for years.
- Introduced legislation to
prohibit members of Congress from using the "franked" mailing
privilege to solicit money.
The Dole Administration Will Continue to
Support Congressional Reform.
As President, Bob Dole will:
- Support an Amendment to the
Constitution to establish a two-term limit for Senators and six-term limit
for House members.
- Limit the power of special
- Push for representatives to
be more accountable to their constituents.
Bill Clinton Favors Special Interests
and Opposes Term Limits
While an overwhelming majority of Americans support term limits, Bill
Clinton has stalled. He has fought against term limits and has failed to
reduce the influence of special interests in Washington.
Even members of his own party have noticed. "The president likes
special-interest sugar to sprinkle around the country," said Sen.
Bill Bradley (D-NJ). "He's doing what it takes to get
reelected." (The Washington Post, June 14, 1995)
A Better America
With Bob Dole as President, there will be real campaign finance reform.
Bob Dole will fight for the American people -- not special interest
opportunities. Smaller government. Stronger and safer families
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