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Bernie Sanders Hopes to Implement Campaign Finance Reform

Popular Democratic candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt), says the current campaign finance system "amounts to legalized bribery." This is why he says he will introduce legislation to provide public funding for elections. On Tuesday, he explained “The need for real campaign finance reform is not a progressive issue. It is not a conservative issue. It is an American issue. Let us be frank, let us be honest, the current political campaign finance system is corrupt and amounts to legalized bribery.”

When the Senate returns from recess in September, Sanders wants to pressure Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) saying he hopes “very much that the Republican leadership in the Senate will allow this legislation to get to the floor.” Sanders also wants lawmakers to pass a constitutional amendment overturning recent Supreme Court decisions that loosened campaign finance restrictions and legislation that would require wealthy donors to be disclosed. He urged his colleagues “Every member of the Senate, every member of the House, knows how much time candidates spend on the telephone dialing for dollars. Republicans, Democrats, everybody." His comments come after the weekend where he compared politicians relying on donors to NASCAR drivers' uniforms by stating “'I’m sponsored by the Koch brothers’ or ‘I’m sponsored by Big Oil.' It’s a really sad state of affairs.”

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