George W. Bush 2000 On The IssuesCampaign 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:
Source: George W. Bush for President 2000 Web Site
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