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George W. Bush On The Issues 2000

George W. Bush 2000 On The Issues

Campaign Finance Reform

Governor Bush has proposed comprehensive campaign finance reform, beginning with full disclosure, and has been the only candidate to post all contributions on the Internet when received.  To ensure that individuals control the political process, he has proposed banning corporations and unions from giving so-called “soft” money to political parties.  He also supports “paycheck protection” to prevent unions from spending members’ dues on politics without their permission.  At the same time, Governor Bush will preserve the First Amendment right of individuals and groups – from the Sierra Club to the Christian Coalition – to express their views on issues.

Principles of Reform

Promote Disclosure:
Governor Bush believes that in an open society, the best safeguard against abuse is full disclosure. With full disclosure of contributions, there can be vigorous debate and the voters can decide, based on complete information.  Governor Bush believes that “527” groups that run political ads should also be subject to disclosure.  

Preserve & Enhance the Role of Individuals: Governor Bush believes democracy is first and foremost about individuals.  His campaign finance reform proposals strengthen the role of individuals in the political process.  Indeed, Governor Bush’s campaign has broken campaign funding records by receiving unprecedented support from almost 360,000 individuals who have sent contributions averaging less than $200 each.

Eliminate Involuntary Contributions: Governor Bush believes no one should be forced to support a candidate or cause against their will. Accordingly, he has called for abolishing corporate and union soft money and for requiring corporations and union bosses to get the permission of shareholders and union members before their money is spent on politics. That is also why he opposes taxpayer-financed congressional elections.


Governor Bush’s Reform Proposals

Governor Bush’s campaign finance reform proposal is focused on 6 goals:

1. To Prevent Corporate Boards and Union Bosses From Diminishing the Influence Of Individuals:

  • Ban unions and corporations from giving “soft” money to political parties.   In the 1996 election cycle, corporations contributed $204 million to national political parties, and labor unions contributed $9.5 million to the national parties.  Governor Bush will ban all of that.

    2. To Prevent Americans From Being Forced to Fund Candidates They Don’t Support:

  • Enact “Paycheck Protection,” preventing union bosses from directly spending roughly $300 million in union dues annually – without members’ permission – to support candidates of the bosses’ choosing.

  • Oppose Taxpayer-Financed Congressional Elections.  Vice President Gore would spend over $2 billion of taxpayers’ money to subsidize politicians running for office.  Governor Bush believes that individuals should decide for themselves whom to support and that incumbent politicians do not need further advantages against challengers.

    3. To Protect The Right of Individuals to Express Themselves:

  • Preserve the right of individuals and groups to engage in issue advocacy.  Vice President Gore would protect incumbents from scrutiny by unconstitutionally restricting the rights of citizens to express their views and concerns on issues.

  • Raise the limit on individual contributions to candidates by adjusting it for inflation.

    4. To Ensure Full And Timely Disclosure Of Campaign Contributions:

  • Require near real-time disclosure of contributions on the Internet, as he alone among the presidential candidates is already doing.

    5. To End “Double Dipping” and Respect Donors’ Choices:

  • Eliminate the “roll-over” loophole and prevent incumbents from transferring excess funds from a prior federal campaign to a subsequent campaign for a different federal office.

    6. To Ensure That Lawmakers Serve The Public Interest:

  • Prohibit federally registered lobbyists from contributing to Members of Congress, while Congress is in session.


    Position Proposals

Source: George W. Bush for President 2000 Web Site

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