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Campaign Finance Reform at 96.2% Democratic, 1.4% Republican

Docdawg has written a detailed blog post explaining that of the 15 congressional candidates agreeing to the slate of campaign finance reforms listed at between July 29 and August 5, every single last one is a member of the Democratic Party. The time frame of July 29 to August 5 is important, because as DocDawg notes this was the last chance offered by the Mayday Super PAC: if congressional candidates didn’t announce their support for at least one of the campaign finance reform proposals at, the Mayday Super PAC just might fund their opponent in the race.

Looking at the entire list of congressional candidates at, including those who’d announced support for reforms before July 29, we can see a list of 210 unique congressional candidates on board with the agenda (some are listed more than once because they support just one of the proposals). What’s the partisan breakdown of this larger group?

Campaign Finance Reform Proposal Supporters as members of Congress, by Party: a Pie Chart regarding the set of candidates from which the target might be chosen

202 members of the Democratic Party. 4 Independents. 3 Republicans. 1 member of the Libertarian Party. Support for campaign finance reforms listed at runs at 96.2% Democratic and just 1.4% Republican.

Some pundits are fond of saying that support for campaign finance reform “crosses partisan lines” in America. That may be true among voters, but one would have to stretch wildly to claim it’s true among politicians.

8 thoughts on “Campaign Finance Reform at 96.2% Democratic, 1.4% Republican”

  1. Bill says:

    Some burned-out progressives and independents are also fond of saying “there’s no difference between the Democrats and Republicans.” Yes there is. Yes there sure as heck is.

  2. Dave says:

    This is one of the million reasons I never ran for office. Should I vote to pry the cold dead fingers of special interests off of our political process or vote to oppose coerced subsidies of the political class. My butt would hurt sitting on this fence.

    1. Bill says:

      Know what ya mean. Alas, if only those fingers were indeed cold and dead. They still seem as hot, live, and clutching as ever.

      1. Dave says:

        I think I meant zombie fingers.

  3. George Russert says:

    1.4%! It’s a start. It has to begin somewhere. Give this a little time. Cheers!

    1. Bill says:

      Alas, just as torture seldom yields reliable information, so too asking politicians to take a stand while waving $12M around may occasionally yield insincere replies.

      But you’re right. Gotta start somewhere. Vote for Honest Gil!


  4. Stephen Kent Gray says:

    Thanks! Now I looked at the great campaign site of Craig Richard Boward running for Utah district 1!

    He also has a Twitter account which you can find via his campaign site!

    He has sign pledges for three of the five reforms!
    Government By the People Act
    Citizen Involvement in Campaign Act
    The American Anti Corruption Act

    I don’t know if he will sign the other two later or not.
    Fair Elections Now Act
    Taxation Only With Representation Act

  5. Stephen Kent Gray says:

    District 1:
    Rob Bishop (R)* – (Campaign Site)
    Donna McAleer (D) – Businesswoman, Army Veteran & ’12 Nominee
    Dwayne Vance (IAP) – Attorney & Realtor
    Craig Bowden (Libertarian) – USMC Veteran & Tea Party Activist

    This is more great info on the Utah district 1 race! Politics 1 has info on all races in all states in America.

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