Campaign reformers congratulate Trump on rejecting Super PACs, urge support for real reforms by all candidates in Wednesday's GOP debate
Manchester, NH – The non-partisan NH Rebellion congratulated presidential candidate Donald J. Trump for taking a strong position against Super PACs in the 2016 presidential election, and urged Trump and his fellow Republicans to extend their support to more far-reaching money-in-politics reforms during theOctober 28th debate.
In a statement released Friday, Trump formally disavowed nine unauthorized Super PAC's claiming to support his presidential bid and demanded the other candidates do the same. “I have disavowed all Super PAC’s, requested the return of all donations made to said PAC’s, and I am calling on all Presidential candidates to do the same," Trump said.
Trump went on to condemn "donors, special interests and lobbyists who have corrupted our politics and politicians for far too long" and the "all talk, no action politicians propped up by donations representing corporate interests." He said he will not be controlled by big money because he is self-funding his campaign.
"Since day one in this campaign, Donald Trump has given voice to the deep frustration of the vast majority of Americans who feel that big money is corrupting our democracy," said Dan Weeks, director of the NH Rebellion. "We congratulate Trump for taking the concrete step of disavowing all Super PACs in the presidential election, and call on him and his fellow Republicans to support real and lasting money-in-politics reforms so that not only billionaires, or those with billionaire backers, can run for public office."
According to NH Rebellion's online tracker of candidate statements given in response to "Rebel" activists questioning them at NH and IA events, Republican candidates uniformly favor greater transparency and some have called for pay-to-play lobbying reforms. Sen. Lindsay Graham is currently the only Republican to call for a constitutional amendment overturning Citizens United, the 2010 Supreme Court decision that allowed unlimited outside spending on behalf of candidates in the form of Super PACs. The tracker shows that Trump, Gov. John Kasich, and Gov. Chris Christie have expressed openness to more far-reaching reforms like small donor, citizen-funded elections. Likewise, Gov. George Pataki, Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Rand Paul, and Trump have advocated for limits on pay-to-play lobbying. However, neither Trump nor any of his fellow Republicans has released a comprehensive plan to curtail the outsized influence of big money in politics.
"Talk alone is cheap. It is no longer good enough for candidates to acknowledge that big money is corrupting our politics," Weeks said. "The time has come for all those who aspire to lead our democratic republic to present concrete solutions for restoring representative government in Washington, DC. What better time than Wednesday's GOP debate?"
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About NH Rebellion: The New Hampshire Rebellion (#NHRebellion) is a cross-partisan movement of citizens who are Walking the Talk to fight big money politics — 30,000 miles and counting. Inspired by the Declaration of Independence and Article 10 of the NH Constitution, NH Rebellion is mobilizing the public and presidential candidates to declare their independence from big money by denouncing outside spending and committing to fundamental reforms. NH Rebellion is part of Open Democracy, the NH nonprofit founded by legendary reformer Doris “Granny D” Haddock.