Docdawg has written a detailed blog post explaining that of the 15 congressional candidates agreeing to the slate of campaign finance reforms listed at reform.to 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 reform.to, the Mayday Super PAC just might fund their opponent in the race.
Looking at the entire list of congressional candidates at reform.to, 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 reform.to agenda (some are listed more than once because they support just one of the reform.to proposals). What’s the partisan breakdown of this larger group?
202 members of the Democratic Party. 4 Independents. 3 Republicans. 1 member of the Libertarian Party. Support for campaign finance reforms listed at reform.to 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.