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Watchdog Responds to Proposal to Lift Coordination Rules for Third Party Committees

December 7, 2015 | Laura Friedenbach

Washington, D.C. — As the Washington Post reports that congressional aides say legislators are considering attaching a campaign finance rider to the omnibus spending bill that would loosen coordination rules for third party committees, money-in-politics watchdog Every Voice released the following statement:

“This spending bill is going from bad to worse. Opening up coordination rules further would mean it’s open season for billionaire donors and special interests to buy policy in Congress,” said David Donnelly, president and CEO of Every Voice. “This would take us closer to a government of, by, and for big donors instead of the American ideal of government of, by, and for the people.”

The Washington Post reported today that in addition to rules that would lift caps on the amount of money political parties can spend in coordination with candidates, aides say legislators are considering “language that would allow the rule to apply to potential third party committees that might be created in the future.”

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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