Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Dear Senator McCaskill, Not only Missourians need Help–300 million Americans need help!!!

Dear Senator McCaskill, Not only Missourians need Help–300 million Americans need help!!!


Dear Senator McCaskill, Not only Missourians need Help–300 million Americans need help!!!–organize new constitutional articles and put protections in place the rich corporations are killing America!!!!!!!!!!!! KAS

April 18, 2011
Dear Mr. Stoda,

Thank you for contacting me regarding publicly financed elections. I appreciate hearing from you, and welcome the chance to respond.

Congressional candidates are forced to raise enormous amounts of money in order to run competitive campaigns. When I ran for office in 2006, the amount of money spent on the top ten most competitive Senate races averaged over $25 million per race – double what it was just four years before. Not only is this pace unsustainable, but it undermines public confidence in the election process.

As you may know, in 2011 Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois introduced the Fair Elections Now Act (S.750) in the Senate. I support this legislation that seeks to create a voluntary system of public funding for qualifying congressional candidates. The proposed law offers certain candidates for office a set amount of public money if they agree to strict spending limits and to accept only small – $100 or less – campaign contributions from individuals. By passing this bill, Congress can show the American people we are serious about ending the perception of political corruption and that we are accountable to our constituents.

Again, thank you for contacting me. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future if I can be of further assistance to you on this or any other issue.

Sincerely,

Claire McCaskill
United States Senator

P.S. If you would like more information about resources that can help Missourians, or what I am doing in the Senate on your behalf, please sign up for my email newsletter at www.mccaskill.senate.gov

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