The citizens of Michigan and of the 93rd House District have many vital issues facing them. In an effort to be as open as possible on the these issues that I can be, I will be posting on this page a detailed listing of my stances on various issues.
For a .pdf copy of the 2014 Michigan Democratic Party Platform, click here.
Campaign Finance and Money in Politics:
Since Citizens United large amounts of cash have been flowing freely through our political system. The ultra-rich can buy influence with elected officials and hand-pick which candidates will win office just by writing a check. I believe that this influence must be curtailed so that all of the people have a voice in politics, not just the super-rich. We need accountability and transparency in campaign finance laws. Political Action Committees, or PACs, can freely spend money buying commercials on TV, radio, and in print attacking political candidates without, it seems, any accountability to the facts. Americans for Prosperity has done this several times (sources: here, here, and here).
According to Politico, Americans for Prosperity is planning to spend up to $125,000,000 in the elections this year. They’ve planned to spend up to $5,000,000 in television ads in Michigan alone. According to the article:
The projected budget for Americans for Prosperity would be unprecedented for a private political group in a midterm, and would likely rival even the spending of the Republican and Democratic parties’ congressional campaign arms.
This outsized influence and ability to spend money is ruinous to a healthy democracy. It’s time to take action in whatever ways we can to regain control of the unbelievable amount of money in our politics.
Michigan has its own campaign finance laws with limits on contribution amounts for candidates. If elected, I will be a staunch advocate for campaign finance laws and sensible policies on money in our politics. When money equals speech, only the rich will have a voice. As a candidate, I haven’t attempted to raise money from any special interests, nor will I. State Representatives answers to the people that elect them, and need to listen to the issues that are important to their constituents. Their best interests come first, before the big-spending agendas of moneyed interests.
Please see my post at the link for more about my stance on education and related issues.