Greg Orman announces campaign finance reform plan to empower Americans, curb special interests

Greg Orman announces campaign finance reform plan to empower Americans, curb special interests

SHAWNEE, Kan. — Independent U.S. Senate candidate Greg Orman announced today a plan to overhaul campaign finance laws and dramatically increase transparency for voters across America. Orman’s finance reform plan complements and builds on his congressional reform plan released previously.

Survey after survey confirms Americans’ increasing distrust for Congress and the broken politics in Washington. Orman believes campaign finance laws are consistently undermined in Washington because both political parties benefit from secretive special interests and political action committees, or PACs. Orman is refusing all PAC contributions during this race, but his opponent Pat Roberts has raked in more than $8 million in PAC contributions since entering the United States Congress in 1980.

  • Mr. Orman’s campaign finance reform plan includes:
  • Require full disclosure of “bundled” contributions
  • Prohibit lobbyist and PAC contributions when Congress is in session
  • Prohibit PACs and lobbyists from receiving federal contracts if they contribute to federal candidates
  • Ban Congressional leadership PACs Pass a constitutional amendment to override the Citizens United ruling
  • Increase disclosure requirements

View Orman’s full reform plan here: www.ormanforsenate.com/campaign_finance_reform.

“Washington isn’t working for most Americans in large part because special interest groups are corrupting our democracy,” Orman said. “It’s time to shine a light on who is financing politicians in Washington and empower average voters with information — not the party’s misinformation — so that they can make up their own minds about who is influencing decisions in Washington.”

“Current campaign finance laws are a perfect example of how both parties are focused on their personal or partisan benefit instead of the American public,” Orman continued. “The lack of transparency allowed under Citizens United benefits Washington’s broken system at the expense of an informed electorate, and even more alarming is that the decision opens up the door for significant foreign influence in U.S. elections because donations can be made through any U.S. corporation.”

Orman’s campaign manager, Jim Jonas, pointed to Pat Roberts’ haul of more than $8 million in special interest PAC money as the most striking example in Kansas politics of the need for campaign finance reform.

“Over four decades in Washington Pat Roberts has taken advantage of special interest largesse like no other Kansan has done before,” said Jim Jonas. “The $8 million Pat Roberts has taken from PACs is part of why voters wonder whether Roberts is working for Kansans or the special interests in Washington.”

For more information about Greg Orman and his Independent campaign for U.S. Senate, please visit the campaign online at www.OrmanForSenate.com or contact Sam Edelen at sam.edelen@ormanforsenate.com or 913-730-6243.

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