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Watchdog Responds to Growing Bipartisan Opposition to Mitch McConnell Campaign Finance Rider

December 4, 2015 | Laura Friedenbach

Washington, D.C.—Money-in-politics watchdog Every Voice released the following statement on the growing bipartisan opposition to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s proposal to attach a rider to the omnibus spending bill that would lift caps on the amount of money political parties can spend in coordination with candidates:

“Sneaking a provision to empower big donors into a must-pass spending bill with no public debate is no way to address an issue that a broad majority of Americans are concerned about. Mitch McConnell’s proposal is a blatant attempt to consolidate his power and those of the big money backers supporting him,” said William J. Roberts, federal legislative director for Every Voice. “The growing bipartisan opposition to these changes is a sign that the ‘Darth Vader’ of campaign finance is losing his grip on the Force of people outside Washington angry at a political system that no longer works for them.”

Yesterday, 113 House Democrats and nearly 50 conservative leaders circulated letters rallying opposition to McConnell’s campaign finance proposal.

Polling shows that a bipartisan majority of Americans believe reforms are needed to make every voice count in our political system. A recent Pew Research poll found that “majorities across demographic and partisan groups say there should be limits on campaign spending, that money’s impact on politics has increased and that the high cost of campaigns is driving away good candidates.” A New York Times/CBS poll from June found that 85 percent of Americans believe we need fundamental changes to our campaign finance system.

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