Congressmen John Sarbanes, a Democrat from Maryland, and Ted Deutch, a Democrat from Florida, recently led more than 110 members of Congress in penning a letter to House and Senate leadership in an effort to fight back against an attempt to include a controversial campaign finance rider into this year’s omnibus spending bill.
“As negotiations over the omnibus agreement continue, we urge you to resist any attempt to include a controversial campaign finance provision relaxing political party coordination limits,” the Members wrote.
The letter continued: “This change would be a travesty coming on the heels of last year’s erosion of the limits on big donor contributions to the parties. Americans have a right to expect that political parties and candidates will answer to them, but this change in the law would only further surrender the party apparatus to the influence of millionaires and billionaires.”
The members added:
“Moreover, the 114th Congress has not held one hearing, commissioned a single study, nor investigated in any serious way the impacts of changing the current coordination rules governing political party spending. We owe it to the American people to ensure that any proposal to change our campaign finance laws be subject to deliberative study and public debate.”
Click here for a full copy of the letter.