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Campaign Finance Watchdog Responds to Clinton Foundation Revelations

August 23, 2016 | Laura Friedenbach

Washington, D.C. — National campaign finance watchdog Every Voice released the following statement on new revelations this week about the access Clinton Foundation donors sought from Hillary Clinton while Secretary of State. 

Statement from David Donnelly, president and CEO of Every Voice:

“Whether it’s a Secretary of State granting meetings to her family foundation’s donors, or a member of Congress allowing a Wall Street lobbyist to write provisions of a banking bill, the pitfalls of our broken influence-peddling system are everywhere. There’s no question that the Clinton Foundation’s work has saved lives and helped countless people around the globe, but to many, even though these acts aren’t necessarily illegal, they look like politics as usual in an election cycle when Americans are tired of politics as usual.

“The Clinton Foundation’s proposal to forgo corporate and foreign contributions if she’s elected is important, but the problem is larger than Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation. We need to overhaul our political system so that everyday people—not big donors—are at the center. Clinton has introduced a comprehensive plan to reduce the power of big money in politics and raise the voices of everyday people, and now more than ever, she must campaign on it and convince voters she will prioritize its implementation if elected.”

Last year, Clinton released a comprehensive money-in-politics reform plan modeled after the “Fight Big Money Agenda” developed by a dozen reform organizations last summer. While Donald Trump has spoken a lot about money in politics, he has yet to offer any policy solutions to address the system he criticizes. 

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