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Every Voice: All Presidential Candidates Should Release Bundler Names

October 15, 2015 | Laura Friedenbach

Washington, D.C.—As filings from the presidential money race continue to reveal record-breaking numbers, Jeb Bush is right to release his campaign’s bundlers, but it’s no substitute for a comprehensive plan to fix our broken campaign-finance system, according to a statement released today by national campaign finance watchdog Every Voice.

“Jeb Bush did the right thing by releasing the names of his bundlers, and other candidates should do the same,” said David Donnelly, president and CEO of Every Voice. “But voluntary actions are not enough to repair our broken campaign-finance system. If Jeb wants to show a real ‘commitment to transparency,’ he’ll put forward a comprehensive plan that explains how he’ll expand political spending disclosure and empower everyday people in politics. The minor lobbying reform policies he has offered so far represent no more than a band-aid for a broken leg.”

Today, Bush is expected to become the first 2016 Republican presidential candidate to publicly name bundlers. In announcing this, campaign spokesperson Tim Miller said, “Jeb has always demonstrated a strong commitment to transparency.” Bush is releasing names of those who raised $17,600 or more for his campaign—a low threshold that could obscure which fundraisers have raised large sums. 

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton became the first candidate to release bundler information in July, providing the names of those who have raised $100,000 or more for her campaign. 

In July, Every Voice and a dozen money-in-politics groups released “Fighting Big Money, Empowering People: A 21st Century Democracy Agenda,” a roadmap for presidential candidates to develop their own plans to raise the voice of everyday people in politics. While Bush has offered minor reforms of lobbying rules, he has yet to offer a broader platform to address what a broad majority of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents see as a broken system that gives undue influence to wealthy donors.

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Every Voice is a national nonpartisan organization fighting for a democracy that works for everyone. Learn more at everyvoice.org.