Milne Unveils Campaign Finance Reform Proposals

Pomfret, VT (October 25, 2016) – U.S. Senate candidate Scott Milne today unveiled a six-point plan to reform federal election financing.

When VT Digger questioned Senator Leahy about a string of EB-5 related donations he received in May of 2014, between the SEC depositions of Ariel Quiros and Bill Stenger, he responded that he “wouldn’t be surprised if this was related to an immigration issue,” as he was working on EB-5 legislation at the time.

This cycle of special interest money flowing into campaign coffers when their issue is passing through the Senate is a systemic problem. And, it speaks to the corrupt system of career politicians being propped up election after election by big, dirty money.

As we pointed out with our proposal for FOIA to be extended to Congress, Senators often consider themselves above the rules they impose on others. This is corrosive to trust in government.

Meaningful reform of our corrupt system, and restoring public trust, is paramount. I will work as Vermont’s U.S. Senator to play a leading role in fixing Washington and our government, starting with these six reform proposals,” said Milne.

Campaign Finance Reform Proposals

  1. Support A Constitutional Amendment To Overturn Citizens United. The electorate is ready for this. Real political leaders, who will not allow a Supreme Court decision to excuse them of their duty to lead by example, are needed to bring this change about. Scott Milne’s election, free of special interest and PAC funding, in a campaign fueled by volunteers that has not solicited any donations, will broadcast Vermont’s message loud and clear that we must hold our elected officials accountable for their role in this mess.

  1. Public Financing To Any Candidate Who Refuses Special Interest PAC Money. Today, our campaign finance laws represent a system of legalized bribery. At the least, they have caused the public to lose faith that our elected officials represent only the people. Scott Milne will introduce legislation to provide public financing to any candidate who voluntarily abstains from this corrupt system of special interest fundraising.

  1. Incentives For Voluntary Spending Limits. Today’s campaigns are too long and too expensive. As a result, too many politicians spend too much of their time courting donors rather than voters. Scott Milne will introduce legislation that offers additional public financing grants to candidates who voluntarily agree to limit their campaign spending.

  1. Prohibit Powerful Committee Leaders From Soliciting and Accepting Campaign Contributions From Special Interests They Oversee. Committee chairs control the public policy agenda in Congress, and are frequently targeted for influence by special interests and lobbyists through large campaign contributions. We need confidence the only agenda on these committee chairmen’s minds is that of their constituents.

  1. Require Immediate Online Disclosure Of All PAC & Lobbyist Contributions. The public deserves to know immediately when influence peddlers are trying to buy their representatives, and if our representatives accommodate them. By requiring immediate online reporting for all contributions over $500 from registered lobbyists and PACs, the public can cast a watchful eye and make sure their elected representatives don’t forget who’s the boss.

  1. Require U.S. Senate Candidates To File Their FEC Reports Electronically. Currently, Senate candidates are the only federal candidates who do not file their FEC reports in a way that allows for timely public access.