Betsy Rader Releases Reform Agenda

Thursday, August 2, 2018
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Betsy Rader Releases Reform Agenda
Rader’s plan lays out 5 personal commitments and 16 legislative actions aimed at reforming Washington

Novelty, OH – On Thursday, Betsy Rader’s campaign for Congress released a comprehensive Reform Agenda–a series of voluntary commitments and legislative proposals with the goal of putting our government and our politics back in the hands of ordinary people. The plan tackles issues such as lobbying reform, voter rights and redistricting, and campaign finance reform.

Click here to read the plan, or see excerpts, below.

“Our democracy is broken and voters are tired of the dysfunction in Washington that is preventing us from solving the big challenges we face–like affordable healthcare, pharmaceutical prices, good jobs, and protecting our environment,” said Betsy Rader. “A big part of the problem is that big money special interests have more of an influence in our elections than ordinary people, and we need to unrig the rules so that our government stands up for all of us. We must take big money out of politics so that we can move forward in a way that makes sense and actually serves Americans.”

Betsy Rader has already been a leader on many of these reforms. In February, she took the No Corporate PAC Pledge, followed by Town Hall Pledge in April  because she believes that voters deserve to have more access to the people they elect–not special interest donors.

As part of her Reform Agenda, Betsy took her commitment to voters a few steps further by:

  • Taking the No Lobbying Pledge, a commitment to never become a lobbyist when she leaves Congress.
  • Refusing contributions from industry associations, corporations, and lobbyists associated with big pharma
  • Refusing contributions from lobbyists who are registered foreign agents

“Rep. David Joyce has had six years in Congress and has become part of the problem. Time and time again, he has taken checks from the special interests that have rigged our economy and then voted to give tax breaks and special treatment to the biggest pharmaceutical companies and corporations–at the expense of Ohio families. Folks are tired of career politicians who say pretty words to their constituents but then go to Washington, wine and dine with special interest lobbyists, take their money, and then stand up for them instead of the people back home,” added Betsy Rader.

Click here to read the plan, or see excerpts, below.

Some of the legislative proposals from Betsy Rader’s Reform Agenda include:

  • Government service isn’t meant to enrich elected officials. Close the Revolving Door Act would permanently ban former Members of Congress from lobbying their former colleagues and increases disclosure for lobbying activities. The bill would also extend the limitations on former senior legislative staff from lobbying the Senator or Member of the House for whom they worked from one year to six years and prohibit lobbyists from working for Members of Congress for six years after having a substantial lobbying contact.
  • I will help introduce legislation that will restrict Members of Congress from receiving PAC contributions from industries regulated by the committees on which the Member sits–we need to break the relationship between campaign contributions and the legislation our Congress passes.
  • As a step toward putting the power back in the hands of everyday people, we need to change the way our campaigns are financed. The Government By the People Act would help break reliance on big-money donors by providing ordinary Americans more power to support candidates who, in turn, can run a competitive campaign without having to rely on PACs and wealthy donors. This legislation would give individual taxpayers a refundable tax credit of 50% for contributions to qualified congressional House campaigns and create a 6-1 matching program for small dollar contributions, up to $150, to qualified candidates for public office. The bill would also establish the Government by the People Oversight Commission, which would create a voucher pilot program to provide voters with a $50 “My Voice Voucher” for making campaign contributions.
  • Voters should choose their representatives–not the other way around. The Redistricting Reform Act would require states to use independent redistricting commissions to draw congressional district maps and establish procedures for establishing such commissions. Members of the commission would be required to be free of specific conflicts of interest, including lobbyists, major political donors, and party operatives.
  • To have a true democracy, every eligible voter needs to have fair access to the ballot box. Unfortunately, we have seen efforts by those seeking to curb voting rights to build barriers targeting low-income Americans, people with disabilities, minorities, students, new voters, military members, and older Americans. In the next Congress, we should pass measures to modernize our voting systems and restore voting protections for vulnerable communities. This includes passing automatic voter registration and setting national standards for early voting and vote-by-mail.
  • The DISCLOSE Act would require any outside group that spends $10,000 or more on election ads to disclose its donors to the FEC within 24 hours so that voters know who is behind political advertising. The bill would also require corporations and other outside groups to disclose campaign-related spending to their shareholders and/or organization members.