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Republican Platform Would Give Billionaires Like Trump More Power in Our Elections

July 19, 2016 | Adam Smith

Washington, D.C.–The Republican Party platform released on Monday (page 12) calls for giving big donors more power in politics by rolling back McCain-Feingold, eliminating contribution limits, and calling for more secret money in politics–policies that would make worse the big money system Donald Trump spent his entire primary election criticizing.

“The Republican platform would create one political system for billionaires like Donald Trump and one for the rest of us. That’s antithetical to a democracy that belongs to all Americans, regardless of the size of our bank accounts. By contrast, Hillary Clinton supports making elections of, by, and for the people not the funders. It’s a stark difference.”

In contrast, last week Hillary Clinton said reforming our campaign finance system would be a “top priority.” On Saturday, she pledged to introduce a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. FEC decision in her first 30 days as president. The draft Democratic Party platform expected to be approved in Philadelphia mirrors Clinton’s own comprehensive plan and states, “Big money is drowning out the voices of everyday Americans, and we must have the necessary tools to fight back and safeguard our electoral and political integrity.”

Clinton’s platform was modeled after the Fight Big Money agenda, released by a dozen money-in-politics groups last summer and sent to every presidential candidate. Trump himself has yet to offer any solutions to reduce the power of big donors he railed against during the primary election.