What Others are Saying
Money in politics is a huge problem. Members of Congress from both parties have bemoaned the problem for years without doing anything. Others have created legislation to address the issue, but can't get it passed. The Supreme Court either says the U.S. Constitution does not allow it to change the situation or makes things worth with their rulings. This is why we need a citizens-led Constitutional amendment effort.
Peeling Back the Curtain
By U.S. Rep. David Jolly, R‐FL
Florida Politics, January 19, 2016
My name is David Jolly. I’m a sitting Member of Congress and the current Republican front runner to replace Marco Rubio in the United States Senate. And I’m about to share with you two truths. The first truth is every Member of Congress is expected to spend more time raising money than they are solving the problems you elected them to fix.
Steve Israel: Confessions of a Congressman
By Steve Israel
New York Times, Jan. 8, 2016
Washington — IT’S now safe to pick up your phones and read your emails. That’s right, I won’t be calling to ask you to donate to my congressional campaign. As I announced on Tuesday, I’ll be leaving Congress at the end of this term — sentimental about many things, but liberated from a fund-raising regime that’s never been more dangerous to our democracy.
In the days after my first election to Congress, in 2000, I attended several orientation sessions in Washington, eager to absorb the lessons of history. I wanted to learn what Congressman Abraham Lincoln had learned, to hear the wisdom of predecessors like John Quincy Adams, Daniel Webster and Joseph Gurney Cannon. The romance was crushed by lesson No. 1: Get re-elected. A fund-raising consultant advised that if I didn’t raise at least $10,000 a week (in pre-Citizens United dollars), I wouldn’t be back.
Call Time For Congress Shows How Fundraising Dominates Bleak Work Life
By Ryan Grim and Sabrina Siddiqui
Huffington Post, January 8, 2013
...The amount of time that members of Congress in both parties spend fundraising is widely known to take up an obscene portion of a typical day — whether it’s “call time” spent on the phone with potential donors, or in person at fundraisers in Washington or back home. Seeing it spelled out in black and white, however, can be a jarring experience for a new member, as related by some who attended the November orientation...