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Stacey Abrams on Government Reform
Democratic Gubernatorial Challenger
Click here for 10 full quotes by Stacey Abrams OR click here for Stacey Abrams on other issues.
  • Fair Fight: Bedrock guarantee of right to vote. (Feb 2019)
  • Federal shutdowns are a stunt: furloughs hurt workers. (Feb 2019)
  • Deliberate interference & disenfranchisement in `18 election. (Nov 2018)
  • Disenfranchisement was death by 1,000 cuts. (Nov 2018)
  • Sued in 2016 to stop "exact match" on voter registration. (Oct 2018)
  • Protect voter's rights against voter suppression tactics. (Aug 2017)
  • Founded voter registration project. (Aug 2017)
  • Head of a voter registration group; focus on minorities. (Apr 2017)
  • Exact-match process violates Voting Rights Act. (Mar 2017)
  • Stop redistricting voters of color to dilute their votes. (Mar 2017)
Justin Amash on Government Reform
Independent MI Rep; possible Presidential Challenger
Click here for 5 full quotes by Justin Amash OR click here for Justin Amash on other issues.
  • No Pork Pledge: decrease earmarking; increase transparency. (Aug 2010)
  • Identify constitutionality in every new congressional bill. (Jul 2010)
  • Audit federal agencies, to reform or eliminate them. (Jul 2010)
  • Moratorium on all earmarks until budget is balanced. (Jul 2010)
  • Member of House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform. (Mar 2011)
Michael Bennet on Government Reform
Democratic Presidential Challenger; CO Senator
Click here for 11 full quotes by Michael Bennet OR click here for Michael Bennet on other issues.
  • Mandate paper ballots. (Jul 2019)
  • Overcome structural corruption in voting rights. (Jun 2019)
  • Change corruption in DC; restore relationships with allies. (Jun 2019)
  • Congress must investigate Russian election tampering. (May 2019)
  • Federal review voting of discriminatory state voting changes. (Oct 2016)
  • Constitutional amendment tooverturn Citizens United. (Sep 2016)
  • Voted NO on Congressional pay raise. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on providing a US House seat for the District of Columbia. (Feb 2009)
  • Require Internet disclosure of all earmarks. (May 2010)
  • Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures. (Jul 2012)
  • Repeal automatic Congressional pay raises. (Jan 2009)
Joe Biden on Government Reform
Former Vice President; previously Democratic Senator (DE)
Click here for 33 full quotes by Joe Biden OR click here for Joe Biden on other issues.
  • Reject Super-PACs: "We the People" became "We the Donors". (Nov 2017)
  • As V.P., serves as bipartisan dealmaker with Congress. (Mar 2014)
  • 1987: Bork fight changed rules of nomination process. (Oct 2010)
  • 1973: Senators deserve more than $42,000 salary. (Oct 2010)
  • Led fight against Bork based on ideology. (Oct 2008)
  • Countries without state-church separation are in turmoil. (Oct 2008)
  • Transparency on earmarks: $250B earmarked for Del. In 2009. (Sep 2008)
  • Radical change to preserve family farmers. (Dec 2007)
  • As Judiciary Chair, rejected Bork and supported Thomas. (Nov 2007)
  • Would consider a Republican for head of DHS or Pentagon. (Aug 2007)
  • Pledges to stop no-bid contracts. (Aug 2007)
  • 1988: led fight against nomination of Robert Bork. (Jul 2007)
  • The greatest sin is abuse of power. (Jul 2007)
  • Roberts & Alito have turned Supreme Court upside down. (Jul 2007)
  • History of racism was keeping black Americans from voting. (Jul 2007)
  • Modern Congress is much cleaner than in 1970s or 1950s. (Feb 2003)
  • Campaign reform in 1980s made more problems than it solved. (Feb 2003)
  • Disallowed bringing pornography issues into Thomas hearing. (Feb 2003)
  • Public financing needed: donations are implicitly corrupt. (Oct 1975)
  • Accept maximum 2% of donations from any one group. (Oct 1975)

    Voting Record

  • 1987: Rejected Bork on grounds of too-strong originalism. (Nov 2009)
  • Voted YES on granting the District of Columbia a seat in Congress. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring photo ID to vote in federal elections. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted NO on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on banning "soft money" contributions and restricting issue ads. (Mar 2002)
  • Voted NO on require photo ID (not just signature) for voter registration. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted YES on banning campaign donations from unions & corporations. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on funding for National Endowment for the Arts. (Aug 1999)
  • Voted YES on favoring 1997 McCain-Feingold overhaul of campaign finance. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted YES on Approving the presidential line-item veto. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted NO on banning more types of Congressional gifts. (Jul 1995)
  • Establish the United States Public Service Academy. (Mar 2007)
Mike Bloomberg on Government Reform
Mayor of New York City (Independent)
Click here for 6 full quotes by Mike Bloomberg OR click here for Mike Bloomberg on other issues.
  • Fund voter registration in FL, WI, OH, MI, and PA. (Mar 2019)
  • Make getting on the ballot easier, & better people will run. (Apr 2013)
  • Failed to lure Olympics to New York City. (Sep 2010)
  • 2005: 8-year term limits; 2009: ran for 3rd term. (Sep 2010)
  • All presidential candidates should declare an issues matrix. (May 2007)
  • 2001: opposed Giuliani extending NYC term limit. (Jan 2007)
Cory Booker on Government Reform
Mayor of Newark; N.J. Senator
Click here for 12 full quotes by Cory Booker OR click here for Cory Booker on other issues.
  • Must lead the fight against voter suppression. (Jul 2019)
  • 10-day process to fire Russia probe special prosecutor. (Apr 2018)
  • Even billionaires need transparency in confirmation hearings. (Jan 2017)
  • Declined lavish perks as Newark City Councilor. (Feb 2016)
  • Seek common ground to achieve transformative change. (Feb 2016)
  • Founding principle: make laws open to public debate. (Nov 2013)
  • Threat to voting rights in America remains very real. (Nov 2013)
  • Campaign PAC money shouldn't speak louder than people. (Sep 2012)
  • Make it harder for wealthy to influence politicians. (Feb 2002)
  • Matching fund for small donors, with debate requirements. (Feb 2013)
  • Statehood for the District of Columbia. (Jan 2015)
  • Automatic voter registration for all citizens. (Mar 2015)
Steve Bullock on Government Reform
Democratic Presidential Challenger; MT Governor
Click here for 7 full quotes by Steve Bullock OR click here for Steve Bullock on other issues.
  • Elevate the issue of campaign finance. (Jun 2019)
  • Elections should be decided by people, not corporations. (Jun 2019)
  • Overturn Citizens United; ban SuperPACs. (May 2019)
  • Unlimited corporate spending has impacted our elections. (Sep 2018)
  • Signed the Montana Disclose Act into law. (Sep 2018)
  • Primary allows spending $667K instead of returning it. (Mar 2016)
  • Dark money makes our elections into auctions. (Jan 2013)
Pete Buttigieg on Government Reform
Democratic Presidential Challenger; IN Mayor
Click here for 11 full quotes by Pete Buttigieg OR click here for Pete Buttigieg on other issues.
  • Provide new opportunities for voluntary public service. (Jul 2019)
  • Prosecution for obstruction shouldn't be president's call. (Jun 2019)
  • Offer of foreign electoral help should lead to call to FBI. (Jun 2019)
  • Change the way Supreme Court nominees are picked. (Jun 2019)
  • Citizens United was a disaster for our democracy. (May 2019)
  • Abolish Electoral College; it makes society less democratic. (Apr 2019)
  • Need to depoliticize Supreme Court. (Mar 2019)
  • Make Supreme Court appointments less partisan. (Mar 2019)
  • Open to expanding judiciary in reaction to GOP actions. (Feb 2019)
  • Get rid of the Electoral College. (Feb 2019)
  • Created plan to ensure diversity in city government jobs. (Jul 2016)
Julian Castro on Government Reform
Democratic Presidential Challenger; former HUD Secretary
Click here for 5 full quotes by Julian Castro OR click here for Julian Castro on other issues.
  • Eliminate the Electoral College. (Jul 2019)
  • Mandate paper ballots. (Jul 2019)
  • Require candidates to release tax returns. (Apr 2019)
  • We need election security against foreign interference. (Apr 2019)
  • 1995: Studied overcoming minority voter disenfranchisement. (Oct 2018)
Hillary Clinton on Government Reform
Secretary of State; previously Democratic Senator (NY)
Click here for 59 full quotes by Hillary Clinton OR click here for 6 older headlines OR click here for Hillary Clinton on other issues.
  • Automatic voter registration and 20-day early voting. (Nov 2016)
  • We need Supreme Court to stand up to the powerful. (Oct 2016)
  • I am not beholden to Super PACs or Wall Street. (Feb 2016)
  • I will streamline wasteful and redundant programs. (Feb 2016)
  • Expand executive action on immigration, guns, & corporations. (Dec 2015)
  • Wall Street donates to me because I rebuilt them after 9/11. (Nov 2015)
  • FactCheck: Yes, more legislation & sponsorships than Obama. (Apr 2008)
  • Transparent government includes federal agency blogs. (Jan 2008)
  • Never abuse the purpose of signing statements. (Dec 2007)
  • Change system from the inside, not from the outside. (Nov 2007)
  • End no-bid contracts, end revolving door in government. (Aug 2007)
  • 1978: chaired Legal Services Corp. while at Rose Law Firm. (Jul 2007)
  • Create a public service academy, like military academy. (Jun 2007)
  • 1970s: Worked on 18-year-old voting Amendment. (Jun 2007)
  • Cut gov’t contractors and end privatization of government. (Feb 2007)
  • $5M in New York state “pork barrel” bills thru 2004. (Oct 2006)
  • Triangulation replaces partisanship with a dynamic center. (Nov 2003)
  • Defined appropriate high crimes for impeaching Nixon in 1973. (Nov 2003)
  • Visited many non-governmental programs on India trip. (Feb 2003)
  • Whitewater investigation ends; Hillary questions $52M spent. (Sep 2000)
  • New Democrat: Government is not the solution to all problems. (Feb 2000)
  • Give big states a big slice of federal pie. (Aug 1999)
  • We need strong and efficient governments. (Jun 1999)
  • Government should help people, not support bureaucracy. (Feb 1997)
  • 1973: Researched Nixon's White House tapes. (Aug 1993)
  • Only explicit felonies should trigger impeachment. (Feb 2004)

    Campaigns & Voting

  • Unprecedented Russian interference in presidential election. (Oct 2016)
  • Senate duty to vote on Supreme Court nominees. (Feb 2016)
  • GOP is trying to suppress voter registration. (Nov 2015)
  • Consider Constitutional Amendment against Citizen's United. (Jul 2014)
  • Voter suppression revives old demons of discrimination. (Aug 2013)
  • Fight obstacles to voting disguised as election fraud claims. (Aug 2013)
  • Get D.C. full voting rights, plus more direct federal funds. (Feb 2008)
  • Stand for public financing and getting money out of politics. (Jan 2008)
  • HILL-PAC is one of politics biggest money-raisers. (Nov 2007)
  • Public financing would fix campaign donor problems. (Sep 2007)
  • Presidents should reveal donations to their foundations. (Sep 2007)
  • Move to public election financing, not banning lobbyists. (Aug 2007)
  • Same-day voter registration; no oppressive ID requirements. (Jul 2007)
  • Verified paper ballot for every electronic voting machines. (Nov 2006)
  • Right to vote is precious & needs protection. (Sep 2005)
  • HILLPAC raised $31M through 2002. (Feb 2004)
  • Soft money ban & independent ad ban for Senate campaign. (Feb 2000)

    Voting Record

  • Count Every Vote Act: end voting discrimination by race. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on granting the District of Columbia a seat in Congress. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring photo ID to vote in federal elections. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted NO on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO on establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on banning "soft money" contributions and restricting issue ads. (Mar 2002)
  • Voted NO on require photo ID (not just signature) for voter registration. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted YES on banning campaign donations from unions & corporations. (Apr 2001)
  • Voluntary public financing for all general elections. (Aug 2000)
  • Criminalize false or deceptive info about elections. (Nov 2005)
  • Reject photo ID requirements for voting. (Sep 2005)
  • Post earmarks on the Internet before voting on them. (Jan 2006)
  • Establish the United States Public Service Academy. (Mar 2007)
  • Prohibit voter intimidation in federal elections. (Mar 2007)
  • Opposes same campaign finance rules to all organizations. (Nov 2016)
  • Prohibit 'voter caging' which intimidates minority voting. (Nov 2007)
Bill de Blasio on Government Reform
NYC Mayor; Democratic Presidential Challenger
Click here for 5 full quotes by Bill de Blasio OR click here for Bill de Blasio on other issues.
  • Sue Board of Elections to make Early Voting easier. (Apr 2019)
  • Let's get Big Money out of politics. (Jan 2019)
  • Same-day registration and no-excuse vote by mail. (Jan 2019)
  • Battle corrupting influence of corporate money in politics. (Oct 2013)
  • Citizens United is a body blow to our democracy. (Oct 2013)
John Delaney on Government Reform
Democratic candidate for President; U.S. Rep from MD-6
Click here for 13 full quotes by John Delaney OR click here for John Delaney on other issues.
  • Electoral College should not be eliminated. (Jul 2019)
  • Nationally televised debates between President and Congress. (Mar 2019)
  • End gerrymandering, make Election Day a holiday. (Feb 2019)
  • Gerrymandering corrupts our democracy; get rid of system. (May 2018)
  • Presidential press briefings are just propaganda sessions. (May 2018)
  • Independent redistricting commission to end gerrymandering. (May 2018)
  • Extend lobbying ban to 5 years; pass STOCK Act too. (Nov 2012)
  • No photo IDs to vote; they suppress the vote. (Jan 2014)
  • Establish "My Voice Voucher" small campaign contributions. (Feb 2014)
  • Public financing of federal campaigns by voter vouchers. (Jan 2015)
  • No separate contribution limits for party activities. (Jan 2015)
  • Statehood for the District of Columbia. (Jan 2015)
  • Automatic voter registration for all citizens. (Mar 2015)
Tulsi Gabbard on Government Reform
Democratic Presidential Challenger; HI Rep.
Click here for 7 full quotes by Tulsi Gabbard OR click here for Tulsi Gabbard on other issues.
  • Eliminate the Electoral College. (Jul 2019)
  • Mandate paper ballots. (Jul 2019)
  • No photo IDs to vote; they suppress the vote. (Jan 2014)
  • Establish "My Voice Voucher" small campaign contributions. (Feb 2014)
  • Public financing of federal campaigns by voter vouchers. (Jan 2015)
  • Statehood for the District of Columbia. (Jan 2015)
  • Automatic voter registration for all citizens. (Mar 2015)
Kirsten Gillibrand on Government Reform
Democratic Senator (NY)
Click here for 23 full quotes by Kirsten Gillibrand OR click here for Kirsten Gillibrand on other issues.
  • Eliminate the Electoral College. (Jul 2019)
  • Mandate paper ballots. (Jul 2019)
  • Publicly-funded elections address many other social issues. (Jun 2019)
  • Public financing of elections through voter choice. (May 2019)
  • Abolish the Electoral College. (Apr 2019)
  • Overturn Citizens United; refuse corporate PAC donations. (Jan 2019)
  • First member of Congress to post official schedule daily. (Jun 2015)
  • Illegal for members of Congress to profit from insider info. (Nov 2013)
  • Sunlight Report: lobbyist meetings & earmarks on website. (Jan 2009)
  • No lobbyist gifts. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted YES on Congressional pay raise. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on providing a US House seat for the District of Columbia. (Feb 2009)
  • Voted YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)
  • Supports Shays-Meehan Campaign Finance Reform. (Jul 2001)
  • Require Internet disclosure of all earmarks. (May 2010)
  • Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures. (Jul 2012)
  • Matching fund for small donors, with debate requirements. (Feb 2013)
  • Statehood for the District of Columbia. (Jan 2015)
  • Public financing of federal campaigns by voter vouchers. (Feb 2015)
  • Automatic voter registration for all citizens. (Mar 2015)
  • Repeal automatic Congressional pay raises. (Jan 2009)
Mike Gravel on Government Reform
Libertarian for President; Former Dem. Senator (AK); withdrew from Presidential primary July 2019
Click here for 35 full quotes by Mike Gravel OR click here for Mike Gravel on other issues.
  • Replace Electoral College with direct election of President. (Apr 2019)
  • Ranked choice voting replaces "lesser of two evils". (Apr 2019)
  • Secrecy makes democracy a sham. (May 2008)
  • Presidents often tend toward monarchy, especially during war. (May 2008)
  • 1972: Senate presented evidence for 1st time in Gravel case. (May 2008)
  • 1972: Lost Supreme Court case, United States v. Gravel. (May 2008)
  • Senators can & should reveal secret war plans with impunity. (May 2008)
  • I hate government secrecy; it only protects government. (May 2008)
  • Use political power to accomplish something. (May 2008)
  • FISA was created to check abuse of power. (May 2008)
  • Public taxpayer funding for federal candidates. (Apr 2008)
  • Incumbents blocking FEC matching funds for other candidates. (Apr 2008)
  • Average Americans are precluded from decision-making process. (Jan 2008)
  • Voting just gives power to politicians; we need more. (Jan 2008)
  • National Initiative for Democracy: voters as participants. (Jan 2008)
  • Secrecy has gotten worse since Nixon presidency. (Jan 2008)
  • Public empowerment appeals to progressives & libertarians. (Nov 2007)
  • National Initiative criticized as public opinion bureaucracy. (Nov 2007)
  • Americans are getting fatter & dumber; must get empowered!. (Sep 2007)
  • Asks candidates to pledge to use existing public finance law. (Aug 2007)
  • When you use political capital, more capital flows your way. (Aug 2007)
  • Obama avoids PAC money, but takes lobbyists’ bundled money. (Jul 2007)
  • Without paper ballots, they’ll steal the next election too. (Jul 2007)
  • Congress is Constitutionally more powerful than President. (Jun 2007)
  • Congress is Constitutionally more powerful than President. (Jun 2007)
  • People protest because they cannot participate in power. (Jun 2007)
  • People protest because they cannot participate in power. (Jun 2007)
  • Institute healtharereforms by people’s National Initiative. (Mar 2007)
  • I’ve got no money; of course I’m for campaign finance reform. (Feb 2007)
  • You can be empowered to vote on issues that affect your life. (Feb 2007)
  • Repeal the Electoral College; enact federal term limits. (Dec 2006)
  • National Initiative to allow citizen law makers. (Nov 2006)
  • Start with public financing of campaigns. (Jan 1972)
  • Abolish voter registration as precondition for voting. (Jan 1972)
  • Replace electoral college with direct election. (Jan 1972)
Kamala Harris on Government Reform
Democratic candidate for President; California Senator
Click here for 4 full quotes by Kamala Harris OR click here for Kamala Harris on other issues.
  • Discuss eliminating the Electoral College. (Jul 2019)
  • Mandate paper ballots. (Jul 2019)
  • Statehood for the District of Columbia. (Jan 2015)
  • Automatic voter registration for all citizens. (Mar 2015)
Howie Hawkins on Government Reform
Green Challenger
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  • Voter suppression policies need to be reversed. (May 2019)
  • Broadcast debates for all ballot-qualified candidates. (Nov 2006)
  • Supports publicly financed campaigns. (Aug 2006)
  • Abolish the Electoral College; support IRV. (Jun 2006)
John Hickenlooper on Government Reform
Democratic Presidential Challenger (withdrew, Aug. 2019); CO Governor
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  • Electoral College should not be eliminated. (Jul 2019)
  • Apply LEAN principles to EVERY state agency. (Jan 2014)
  • Implement same-day voter registration and mail-in voting. (May 2013)
  • Pits and Peeves: Replace red tape with LEAN government. (Jan 2012)
Larry Hogan on Government Reform
Republican Maryland Governor
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  • nonpartisan redistricting reform to end gerrymandering. (Jan 2019)
  • Partisan gerrymandering disenfranchises voters. (Mar 2018)
  • Partisan gerrymandering disenfranchises voters. (Mar 2018)
  • End partisan gerrymandering; make term limits. (Jan 2018)
  • Disallow legislators from drawing their own district lines. (Feb 2017)
  • Vetoed restoring voting rights to 40,000 ex-offenders. (Apr 2016)
  • Undo restored voting rights to ex-felons. (Apr 2016)
  • More transparency, more truthfulness, and tougher ethics. (Nov 2014)
Jay Inslee on Government Reform
Democratic WA Governor; Former Rep/ (WA-1); withdrew from Presidential primary Aug. 2019
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  • Supports National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. (Jul 2019)
  • End the filibuster; it dooms good legislation. (Mar 2019)
  • Access to Democracy package: no barriers to suppress voting. (Jan 2019)
  • Favors automatic voter registration. (Jan 2018)
  • Lean management: bring disruptive change to Olympia. (Jan 2013)
  • Voted YES on Senate pay raise. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring photo ID for voting in federal elections. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on restricting independent grassroots political committees. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits about obesity against food providers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on limiting attorney's fees in class action lawsuits. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted NO on restricting frivolous lawsuits. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted NO on banning soft money donations to national political parties. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
  • Voluntary public financing for all general elections. (Aug 2000)
  • Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge. (Nov 2011)
  • Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures. (Feb 2012)
John Kasich on Government Reform
Republican Governor; previously Representative (OH-12); 2000 & 2016 candidate for President
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  • Supreme Court should disallow partisan gerrymandering. (Mar 2018)
  • Supreme Court should disallow partisan gerrymandering. (Mar 2018)
  • Post-truth environment makes us intolerant of other opinions. (Apr 2017)
  • 1979: refused $5,000 raise as State Senator. (Apr 2017)
  • Investigate Russian election hacking from within Congress. (Feb 2017)
  • My judicial appointments are solid conservatives. (Feb 2016)
  • Country too partisan to appoint justice before election. (Feb 2016)
  • Freeze all federal regulations for one year. (Jan 2016)
  • Let states decide how to govern themselves, not DC. (Oct 2015)
  • Move power, money and influence out of Washington. (Sep 2015)
  • A handful of billionaires should not decide who is president. (Aug 2015)
  • Deal with fundraising influencing voting decisions. (Jul 2015)
  • Require complete & sufficient ID on absentee ballots. (Feb 2014)
  • End simultaneous registration and early voting. (Feb 2014)
  • Skinny-down bureaucracy & kick out special interests. (Nov 2010)
  • Bible study group swelled during 1992 House banking scandal. (Jun 2010)
  • Separating church and state is goofy misinterpretation. (Jun 2010)
  • Limited government supported by our Judeo-Christian ethics. (May 2006)
  • 1970s: No judge pay raise until state employee pay raise. (May 2006)
  • Money affects ability to honestly assess policy situation. (May 2006)
  • Allow faith-based institutions to address social ills. (May 1999)
  • Ax Commerce and Energy Depts. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted NO on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
  • Limit punitive damages; term limits on Congress. (Sep 1994)
  • Government is too big, too intrusive, too easy with money. (Sep 1994)
Amy Klobuchar on Government Reform
DFL Sr Senator (MN)
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  • Election Security Act: mandate paper ballots. (Jul 2019)
  • Automatically register citizens to vote when they turn 18. (Mar 2019)
  • Honest Ads Act: no more foreign meddling in elections. (Feb 2019)
  • Washington’s pay to play system hurts the middle class. (May 2006)
  • Institute MN-style restrictions on lobbyist-funded gifts. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on Congressional pay raise. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on providing a US House seat for the District of Columbia. (Feb 2009)
  • Voted YES on granting the District of Columbia a seat in Congress. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring photo ID to vote in federal elections. (Jul 2007)
  • Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures. (Jul 2012)
  • No photo IDs to vote; they suppress the vote. (Jan 2014)
  • Matching fund for small donors, with debate requirements. (Feb 2013)
  • Statehood for the District of Columbia. (Jan 2015)
  • Public financing of federal campaigns by voter vouchers. (Feb 2015)
  • Automatic voter registration for all citizens. (Mar 2015)
  • CC:Oppose strict Constitutionalist judges. (Jul 2018)
  • Prohibit 'voter caging' which intimidates minority voting. (Nov 2007)
  • Repeal automatic Congressional pay raises. (Jan 2009)
Wayne Messam on Government Reform
FL Mayor; Democratic Presidential Challenger
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  • Eliminate the Electoral College. (Jul 2019)
Seth Moulton on Government Reform
Democratic Presidential Challenger; MA Rep.
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  • Eliminate the Electoral College. (Jul 2019)
  • End secret contributions that buy support in Congress. (Sep 2014)
  • Public financing of federal campaigns by voter vouchers. (Jan 2015)
  • Statehood for the District of Columbia. (Jan 2015)
  • Automatic voter registration for all citizens. (Mar 2015)
Beto O`Rourke on Government Reform
Democratic candidate for President; Texas Senator nominee
Click here for 22 full quotes by Beto O`Rourke OR click here for Beto O`Rourke on other issues.
  • Eliminate the Electoral College. (Jul 2019)
  • Mandate paper ballots. (Jul 2019)
  • New voting rights: automatic & same-day voter registration. (Jun 2019)
  • New Voting Rights Act: eliminate gerrymandering & PACs. (Jun 2019)
  • Same-day voter registration; make election day a holiday. (Jun 2019)
  • Term limits for Congress and the Supreme Court. (Jun 2019)
  • Monthly Cabinet town halls. (Apr 2019)
  • Increase Supreme Court to 15 independent Justices. (Mar 2019)
  • Supports term limits for Congress. (Mar 2019)
  • End secret spending flooding American elections. (Oct 2018)
  • Empower communities by ending gerrymandering. (Oct 2018)
  • Committed to personal term limit for serving in Congress. (Aug 2018)
  • Members of Congress use our tax dollars to get re-elected. (Nov 2012)
  • Matching fund for small donors, with debate requirements. (Jan 2013)
  • No photo IDs to vote; they suppress the vote. (Jan 2014)
  • Establish "My Voice Voucher" small campaign contributions. (Feb 2014)
  • Public financing of federal campaigns by voter vouchers. (Jan 2015)
  • No separate contribution limits for party activities. (Jan 2015)
  • Statehood for the District of Columbia. (Jan 2015)
  • Automatic voter registration for all citizens. (Mar 2015)
  • Constitutional amendment for Congressional term limits. (Jan 2017)
  • CC:Oppose strict Constitutionalist judges. (Jul 2018)
Barack Obama on Government Reform
Democratic incumbent President; IL Senator (2004-2008)
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  • Don't expect government to solve all problems; just some. (Nov 2017)
  • Governing cannot work without compromise. (Jan 2016)
  • We've got to make it easier to vote, not harder. (Jan 2016)
  • Right to vote is sacred & is being denied to too many. (Jan 2015)
  • No one should wait more than a half-hour to vote. (Jan 2014)
  • Waiting 6 or 7 hours to cast a ballot betrays our ideals. (Feb 2013)
  • OpEd: Achieve via regulation what was blocked in legislation. (Feb 2012)
  • OpEd: 2010 federal pay freeze was all smoke and mirrors. (Oct 2011)
  • Open Government Initiative on first full day in office. (Apr 2011)
  • OpEd: Broke promise to pay for every dime of new spending. (Jan 2011)
  • Constitution says what states CAN'T do to you. (Nov 2010)
  • Transition team ethics statement: "No Ego, No Glory". (May 2010)
  • Used signing statements, like Bush, 17 times in 2009. (May 2010)
  • OpEd: shunning Fox News is like Nixon's 1960s Enemies List. (Apr 2010)
  • We face a deficit of trust, not just a budget deficit. (Jan 2010)
  • FactCheck: Yes, set up first reverse-revolving door policy. (Jan 2010)
  • Economic agenda builds new foundation for lasting prosperity. (Feb 2009)
  • Eliminate government programs that no longer work. (Aug 2008)
  • FactCheck: Worked with McCain on ethics, but bill fell apart. (Aug 2008)
  • Cabinet members should hold national town hall meetings. (Jul 2008)
  • Need a government that listens to the people again. (Feb 2008)
  • Give D.C. the opportunity to elect its own representatives. (Feb 2008)
  • Bad idea to over-classify information. (Dec 2007)
  • Bush’s signing statements are a clear abuse of prerogative. (Dec 2007)
  • Public submits policy ideas on Obama’s “My Policy” website. (Oct 2007)
  • Prayer can’t prevent disasters; good policy can handle them. (Aug 2007)
  • Registered 150,000 new minority voters in Chicago in 1992. (Jul 2007)
  • Half of us don’t vote; time for taking it back. (Jun 2007)
  • Bush administration has done “great damage” to U.S. (Mar 2007)
  • Filibuster has long tradition, but used to harm civil rights. (Oct 2006)
  • Electing US Senators empowers people: keep 17th Amendment. (Oct 2004)
  • People are really ready for a message for change. (Jul 2004)
  • Campaign race baiting works in both directions. (Aug 1996)

    Campaign Finance Reform

  • Constitutional Amendment to overturn Citizens United. (Aug 2012)
  • Ban insider trading by members of Congress. (Jan 2012)
  • Citizens United decision: major victory for Big Oil. (Sep 2010)
  • Only a few waivers on lobbyists in senior positions. (Jan 2010)
  • Post all earmark request online before each vote. (Jan 2010)
  • FactCheck: Yes, agreed to public financing, then declined it. (Oct 2008)
  • GovWatch: Promised public financing, and then retreated. (Jun 2008)
  • AdWatch: I opt out of broken public campaign finance system. (Jun 2008)
  • GovWatch: No, McCain & RNC don’t get much money from PACs. (Jun 2008)
  • Lobbyists & special interests have strangle-hold on agenda. (Feb 2008)
  • Ended corporate jet travel subsidized by lobbyists. (Feb 2008)
  • Never took money from federal lobbyists or their companies. (Jan 2008)
  • No lobbyist money; no PAC money; fund campaigns instead. (Jan 2008)
  • Money is the original sin in politics and I am not sinless. (Nov 2007)
  • Reduced cost TV ads for candidates; $85M presidential limit. (Oct 2007)
  • Ok to take $5 donations from drug company employees. (Sep 2007)
  • Public campaign financing with free television & radio time. (Aug 2007)
  • 1998: First law passed, 52-4, stripping legislator perks. (Aug 2007)
  • 2004: Used state money for seemingly political mailing. (Aug 2007)
  • No “bundled” money from federal-registered lobbyists. (Aug 2007)
  • Campaigns last too long & cost too much. (Aug 2007)
  • Doesn’t take PAC money or federal lobbyists’ money. (Jul 2007)
  • People know his “bundlers” because he pushed disclosure law. (Jul 2007)
  • FactCheck: no lobbyist money; yes from bundlers who lobby. (Jul 2007)
  • First bill ever passed was campaign finance reform. (Apr 2007)
  • FactCheck: no lobbyist money, yes from lobbyist spouses. (Apr 2007)
  • Hopefund PAC pushes government to honor sacred commitments. (Nov 2006)
  • Lobbyist influence comes from access, not money. (Oct 2006)

    Earmark Reform

  • Would love line-item veto, but start with earmark reform. (Jan 2010)
  • Freeze discretionary government spending for 3 years. (Jan 2010)
  • FactCheck: Yes, earmarks total $18B in this year’s budget. (Oct 2008)
  • Eliminating earmarks isn’t enough; but I’ll check every line. (Sep 2008)
  • Google for Government: let public track federal grants. (Jul 2008)
  • Use technology to shine a light on spending. (Jun 2008)
  • Consistently in favor of more disclosure around earmarks. (Feb 2008)
  • Created a publicly searchable database on earmarks spending. (Feb 2008)
  • Shine light on federal contracts, earmarks, & proposed bills. (Feb 2008)
  • Create “Google for Government” to track government spending. (Aug 2007)
  • Sponsored bill to disclose earmarks on Internet. (Oct 2006)

    Voting Record

  • FactCheck: Yes, Obama cast 130 “present” votes in IL Senate. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted YES on granting the District of Columbia a seat in Congress. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted NO on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity. (Mar 2006)
  • Election reform is #1 priority to prevent disenfranchisement. (Jan 2001)
  • Sponsored bill criminalizing deceptive info about elections. (Nov 2005)
  • Sponsored resolution rejecting photo ID for voting. (Sep 2005)
  • Sponsored bill to post earmarks on the Internet. (Jan 2006)
  • Prohibit voter intimidation in federal elections. (Mar 2007)
  • Prohibit 'voter caging' which intimidates minority voting. (Nov 2007)
Mike Pence on Government Reform
Republian nominee for Vice President; Governor of Indiana; former Representative (IN-6)
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  • JustIN: state news bureau quickly abandoned. (Sep 2016)
  • Americans do not want D.C. elites to run their lives. (Jul 2016)
  • Campaign finance reform is on the road to political serfdom. (Apr 2015)
  • Campaign Finance Reform is censorship. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted NO on Senate pay raise. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted NO on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring photo ID for voting in federal elections. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on restricting independent grassroots political committees. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting lawsuits about obesity against food providers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on limiting attorney's fees in class action lawsuits. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted YES on restricting frivolous lawsuits. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted YES on banning soft money donations to national political parties. (Jul 2001)
  • Prohibit non-legislated earmarks. (Jul 2005)
  • Sunset Act: review every federal agency every 12 years. (Jan 2009)
  • Member of House Judiciary Committee. (Mar 2011)
Tim Ryan on Government Reform
Democratic Representative (OH-17)
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  • Eliminate the Electoral College. (Jul 2019)
  • Mandate paper ballots. (Jul 2019)
  • Voted YES on Senate pay raise. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring photo ID for voting in federal elections. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on restricting independent grassroots political committees. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting lawsuits about obesity against food providers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on limiting attorney's fees in class action lawsuits. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted NO on restricting frivolous lawsuits. (Sep 2004)
  • Establish the United States Public Service Academy. (Mar 2007)
  • Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge. (Nov 2011)
  • Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures. (Feb 2012)
  • Establish 15 days of early voting in all states. (Nov 2012)
  • Full disclosure of campaign spending. (Jan 2013)
  • Establish "My Voice Voucher" small campaign contributions. (Feb 2014)
  • Public financing of federal campaigns by voter vouchers. (Jan 2015)
  • Statehood for the District of Columbia. (Jan 2015)
  • Automatic voter registration for all citizens. (Mar 2015)
Bernie Sanders on Government Reform
Democratic primary challenger; Independent VT Senator; previously Representative (VT-At-Large)
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  • Hard to defend the Electoral College. (Jul 2019)
  • Rotate judges on Supreme Court, like term limits. (Jun 2019)
  • Mainstream media focuses on gossip, lies, & personality. (Nov 2018)
  • Wall Street regulates Congress; do it the other way around. (Nov 2016)
  • Allow Post Offices to offer banking services. (Nov 2016)
  • End private prisons; end profit of incarceration. (Nov 2016)
  • Dept. of Defense is only agency never to have been audited. (Feb 2016)
  • Best dairy policy is USDA board's supply management. (Oct 2012)
  • Introduced Federal Reserve Transparency Act with Ron Paul. (Sep 2010)
  • Competitive bidding saves government money. (Jun 1997)

    Campaign Finance Reform

  • Citizens United is most disastrous decisions in history. (Apr 2019)
  • Require disclosure of campaign expenditures over $10,000. (Feb 2019)
  • SuperPACs: manifestation of everything wrong with politics. (Nov 2016)
  • It's oligarchy when billionaires buy elections. (Mar 2016)
  • Campaign financing is corrupt; no Super PAC for me. (Feb 2016)
  • Establishment candidates are beholden to big money. (Feb 2016)
  • Congress represents the wealthy; they donate to ensure that. (Feb 2016)
  • Litmus test for Supreme Court on Citizens United. (Feb 2016)
  • Overturn Citizens United: America is one person, one vote. (Feb 2016)
  • Presidency isn't winnable with public financing. (Feb 2016)
  • Citizens United means billionaires donate for THEIR interest. (Oct 2015)
  • Super-PACs pervert the democratic process. (Sep 2015)
  • Public funding of elections to promote even playing field. (Sep 2015)
  • We now have government of, by, and for the billionaires. (Sep 2015)
  • Constitutional amendment to reverse Citizen United ruling. (Apr 2015)
  • Citizens United opens up the road to oligarchy. (Sep 2014)
  • America struggles between organized people & organized money. (Nov 2012)
  • Rich people use wealth to elect people to make them richer. (Dec 2010)
  • Receives more contributions, but fewer dollars, than GOP. (Jun 1997)
  • Accepts PAC money, but not from special interests. (Jun 1997)
  • Publicly fund elections, or small individual contributions. (Jun 1997)

    Right to Vote

  • Mandate paper ballots. (Jul 2019)
  • End voter suppression; make it easier to vote. (Apr 2019)
  • Sovereign rights & voting rights for Native Americans. (Nov 2018)
  • Unity Reform Commission: reduce power of superdelegates. (Aug 2018)
  • Russian cyber-attacks threaten integrity of US elections. (Jul 2018)
  • Ruling class wants a lack of political consciousness. (Nov 2016)
  • Participation in politics as easy and convenient as possible. (Nov 2016)
  • Automatic voter registration at age 18. (Nov 2016)
  • Automatic voter registration; holiday for Election Day. (Jul 2016)
  • GOP loves voter suppression because it lets them win. (Feb 2016)
  • Reinforce voting rights to end voter suppression. (Sep 2015)
  • Underclass see the political deck stacked; and don't vote. (Mar 2014)
  • Low-income workers don't vote because it's irrelevant. (Jun 1997)

    Voting Record

  • Same-day automatic voter registration & 3-day voting. (Jun 1997)
  • Voted YES on Congressional pay raise. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on providing a US House seat for the District of Columbia. (Feb 2009)
  • Voted YES on granting the District of Columbia a seat in Congress. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring photo ID to vote in federal elections. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring photo ID for voting in federal elections. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on restricting independent grassroots political committees. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits about obesity against food providers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on limiting attorney's fees in class action lawsuits. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted YES on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted NO on banning soft money donations to national political parties. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
  • Proportional IRV voting for Electoral College. (Mar 2001)
  • Criminalize false or deceptive info about elections. (Nov 2005)
  • Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures. (Jul 2012)
  • Matching fund for small donors, with debate requirements. (Feb 2013)
  • Statehood for the District of Columbia. (Jan 2015)
  • Public financing of federal campaigns by voter vouchers. (Feb 2015)
  • Automatic voter registration for all citizens. (Mar 2015)
  • CC:Oppose strict Constitutionalist judges. (Jul 2018)
Mark Sanford on Government Reform
Republican SC Governor; previously Representative (SC-1)
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  • I was against earmarks before being anti-earmark was cool. (Apr 2013)
  • Get legislative "voice votes" on the record. (Apr 2012)
  • End unlimited and undisclosed campaign donations. (Jan 2010)
  • Change rules of governorship and state officers. (Jan 2010)
  • Bring horse-and-buggy government into the 21st century. (Nov 2006)
  • Limit campaign contributions but not campaign spending. (Nov 2002)
  • Term-limited Congressmen do behave differently. (Nov 2000)
  • Cut his own staff and returned funds for staff pay annually. (Nov 2000)
  • Supported 6- year congressional term-limits. (Nov 2000)
  • Pledged never to take any PAC money. (Nov 2000)
  • 1995 government shutdown was a good thing, not a crisis. (Nov 2000)
  • Require that congressional pay raises have open votes. (Nov 2000)
  • Voted YES on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
  • Identify constitutionality in every new congressional bill. (Jul 2010)
  • Audit federal agencies, to reform or eliminate them. (Jul 2010)
  • Moratorium on all earmarks until budget is balanced. (Jul 2010)
  • Signed term limit pledge: 6 years House; 12 years Senate. (Nov 2014)
  • Constitutional amendment for Congressional term limits. (Jan 2017)
  • Limit punitive damages; term limits on Congress. (Sep 1994)
  • Government is too big, too intrusive, too easy with money. (Sep 1994)
Howard Schultz on Government Reform
Starbucks CEO; independent candidate for President until July 2019
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  • Political contributions unduly influence policy. (Mar 2019)
  • Gerrymandered districts reflect will of political parties. (Mar 2019)
  • Reduce partisanship with 2/3 vote for Court nominations. (Mar 2019)
  • Our government's dysfunction is great & we need to fix it. (Mar 2019)
Joe Sestak on Government Reform
Democratic Senate Challenger; former Navy Admiral
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  • Stop corporate abuses of lobbying power. (Jun 2019)
  • Voted YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)
  • Establish the United States Public Service Academy. (Mar 2007)
Tom Steyer on Government Reform
Democratic Presidential Challenger; CEO
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  • Opposes Citizens United decision. (Jul 2019)
  • It's up to us to un-rig the voting system. (Jul 2019)
  • Electoral College votes should reflect popular vote. (Jul 2019)
  • Looking for old fashioned values, character and transparency. (Feb 2018)
Eric Swalwell on Government Reform
Withdrawn Democratic Presidential Challenger; CA Rep
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  • Mandate paper ballots. (Jul 2019)
  • Super PACS buy influence & game our political system. (Nov 2012)
  • Full disclosure of campaign spending. (Jan 2013)
  • Matching fund for small donors, with debate requirements. (Jan 2013)
  • No photo IDs to vote; they suppress the vote. (Jan 2014)
  • Establish "My Voice Voucher" small campaign contributions. (Feb 2014)
  • Public financing of federal campaigns by voter vouchers. (Jan 2015)
  • No separate contribution limits for party activities. (Jan 2015)
  • Statehood for the District of Columbia. (Jan 2015)
  • Automatic voter registration for all citizens. (Mar 2015)
Donald Trump on Government Reform
2016 Republican nominee for President; 2000 Reform Primary Challenger for President
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  • Electoral College brings you to many states. (Jun 2019)
  • Our news media is the enemy of the people. (Jul 2018)
  • FactCheck: Removed more regulations than other presidents. (Oct 2017)
  • Lifetime ban on becoming foreign lobbyists. (Feb 2017)
  • For every new regulation, must eliminate two old ones. (Feb 2017)
  • Maximum representation & maximum voter participation. (Apr 2016)
  • Reject the elite election system; infuse popular will. (Apr 2016)
  • Get rid of waste, fraud, & abuse in every single agency. (Mar 2016)
  • I wouldn't nominate my sister to Supreme Court. (Feb 2016)
  • Delay, delay, delay on Supreme Court appointment. (Feb 2016)
  • I would build consensus, not use Executive Orders. (Feb 2016)
  • Hug 'em & kiss 'em & make deals, instead of executive orders. (Feb 2016)
  • Mutually profitable 2-way relationship with the media. (Nov 2015)
  • Get rid of the regulations that are just destroying us. (Sep 2015)
  • Speak simply & clearly, even when addressing Congress. (Oct 2006)
  • Government scrutiny is greatest threat to American Dream. (Jul 2000)
  • Government should do public works & safety & little else. (Jul 2000)
  • Loser pays all costs, and over-litigiousness stops. (Oct 1997)
  • Rebuilt Wollman Rink in 4 months; city failed for 6 years. (Jul 1987)

    Voting and Campaign Reform

  • Many things can go wrong when early voting goes on too long. (Dec 2016)
  • It's scary that people can vote without ID. (Nov 2016)
  • There are millions who should not be registered to vote. (Oct 2016)
  • 1980s: donated 30 times over campaign contribution limit. (Aug 2016)
  • SuperPACs are a disaster and cause dishonesty. (Oct 2015)
  • Candidates should disavow PACs. (Oct 2015)
  • I'm not accepting any money from anybody. (Sep 2015)
  • I give to politicians; and they give back: that's broken!. (Aug 2015)
  • Two-term limit on NYC mayor is a terrible idea. (Sep 2010)
  • Ban soft money; but allow unlimited personal contributions. (Jul 2000)
  • Supports same campaign finance rules to all organizations. (Nov 2016)
Jesse Ventura on Government Reform
Former Independent MN Governor
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  • Require paper ballots & hand-counting. (Mar 2010)
  • Electronic voting machines are a GOP conflict of interest. (Mar 2010)
  • CIA operatives in every state government. (Mar 2010)
  • Get rid of the antiquated Electoral College. (Mar 2010)
  • Term limits in Congress would limit lobbyist power. (Apr 2008)
  • Bingo Saga: allow Bingo from somewhere in 1,000 law volumes. (Apr 2008)
  • States should not be in business of building sports stadiums. (Apr 2008)
  • Term limits for politicians AND for political press. (Apr 2008)
  • Get rid of elitist, bankrupt Electoral College. (Apr 2008)
  • Limit campaign money to one publicly-funded source. (Apr 2008)
  • Get presidential debates out of the hands of the two parties. (Apr 2008)
  • 1996: Dole & Clinton conspired to limit presidential debates. (Apr 2008)
  • Credits win to public financing & same-day registration. (Oct 2002)
  • Will not actively fund-raise for re-election: “No strings”. (Feb 2001)
  • Open up, simplify, & demystify government. (Dec 2000)
  • Single House Legislature returns power to people. (Dec 2000)
  • Constitution is designed to be interpreted. (Jul 2000)
  • Feds leach away states’ rights. (Jul 2000)
  • Ban campaigning while earning a public paycheck. (Jul 2000)
  • Ban PAC funding; limit soft money; limit free air time. (Jul 2000)
  • Government should get out of the way and let people live. (Jan 1999)
  • Government service should be temporary; not a career. (Jan 1999)
  • Fought and lost on removing stupid milk regulations. (Jan 1999)
  • Spend every 4th year removing obsolete laws. (Jan 1999)
  • Put political process on TV; exposure beats incumbency. (Jan 1999)
  • To change system, private citizens must get involved. (Jan 1999)

    Secrecy

  • CIA's job is often to cover up the truth. (Apr 2011)
  • Kennedy assassination involved CIA, Pentagon, & 2nd gunman. (Mar 2010)
  • Government cites "national security" for too many secrets. (Mar 2010)
  • Release 10,000 documents held under "national security". (Mar 2010)
  • Democracy cannot survive while hiding secrets. (Apr 2008)
  • Oswald did not act alone in JFK assassination. (Apr 2008)
  • 2004 class: Warren Commission was wrong on JFK. (Apr 2008)
  • CIA plants operatives in state government positions. (Apr 2008)

    Voting Record

  • Unicameral state legislature would be more democratic. (Apr 2008)
  • ATMs offer receipts and so should electronic voting machines. (Apr 2008)
  • Supports a Unicameral Legislature. (Nov 1998)
  • Reforms must respect state's rights to select electors. (Aug 2001)
Arvin Vohra on Government Reform
Libertarian candidate for President; Libertarian Party Vice-Ch
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  • Make voter registration easier for Libertarians. (Mar 2018)
Joe Walsh on Government Reform
Republican presidential primary challenger (fotmer IL Rep.)
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  • Identify constitutionality in every new congressional bill. (Jul 2010)
  • Audit federal agencies, to reform or eliminate them. (Jul 2010)
  • Moratorium on all earmarks until budget is balanced. (Jul 2010)
  • Member of House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform. (Mar 2011)
  • Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge. (Nov 2011)
  • No recess appointments without Congressional approval. (Jan 2012)
Elizabeth Warren on Government Reform
Massachusetts Senator; head of CFPB
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  • Constitutional Amendment to protect the right to vote. (Apr 2019)
  • Every vote matters: so abolish the Electoral College. (Apr 2019)
  • Fight voter suppression; abolish Electoral College. (Mar 2019)
  • Supports a lifetime ban on officials becoming lobbyists. (Aug 2018)
  • Electing judges is a slippery slope to judges for sale. (Apr 2017)
  • OpEd: Bullies regulated companies into donation disclosure. (Nov 2014)
  • It's THEIR money & power against OUR voices & votes. (May 2014)
  • Instead of voter suppression, do everything to help register. (Apr 2014)
  • Overcome Wall Street's lobbyists & Congress' dirty tricks. (Dec 2011)
  • Congress must represent the people and be held accountable. (Apr 2010)
  • Matching fund for small donors, with debate requirements. (Feb 2013)
  • Statehood for the District of Columbia. (Jan 2015)
  • Public financing of federal campaigns by voter vouchers. (Feb 2015)
  • Automatic voter registration for all citizens. (Mar 2015)
Bill Weld on Government Reform
Libertarian Party nominee for Vice President; former Republican Massachusetts Governor
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  • Blow up unnecessary state agencies. (Feb 2019)
  • Supports term limits; they bring in fresh blood. (Oct 1996)
  • Reinvent ourselves from failed dogmas of big government. (Jan 1996)
Marianne Williamson on Government Reform
Author & Democratic Presidential Challenger
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  • DC should have representation in Congress. (Apr 2019)
  • Must address election security & Russian interference. (Apr 2019)
  • No voter ID; no politicized gerrymandering. (Apr 2019)
  • Establish public financing for federal campaigns. (Apr 2019)
Andrew Yang on Government Reform
Democratic Presidential Challenger & Tech CEO
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  • Electoral College should not be eliminated. (Jul 2019)
  • Supports statehood for DC & Puerto Rico. (Apr 2019)
  • Create department to regulate social media. (Apr 2019)
  • Adopt ranked-choice voting model for all primaries. (Mar 2019)
  • Provide every eligible voter with $100 Democracy Dollars. (Mar 2019)
  • Constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United. (Mar 2019)
  • Make Puerto Rico a state. (Feb 2019)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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