WATCHDOG GROUP CALLS ON ROMNEY TO CLARIFY POSITION ON MONEY IN POLITICS

Asks presidential candidate if he truly is proposing no limits whatsoever on corporate or individual contributions

Washington, D.C.—Campaign finance watchdog Public Campaign Action Fund responded to Gov. Mitt Romney’s remarks on super PACs and campaign finance law on this morning’s episode of Morning Joe on MSNBC, and challenged the Governor to clarify his proposal.

“In suggesting that we should just ‘let campaigns raise the money they need,’ Mitt Romney is essentially proposing a dream scenario for Wall Street, big oil, and other wealthy interests, but a nightmare for the 99 percent of Americans who don’t write large checks,” said David Donnelly, Public Campaign Action Fund’s National Campaigns Director.

“If he’s suggesting no limits on individual or corporate donations to candidates, Romney’s proposal, like his ‘corporations are people, my friends’ statement, is radically out of touch,” said Donnelly. “If he meant otherwise, we challenge Gov. Romney to clarify his remarks with a specific proposal about where he stands on money in politics, or at least where he stands today.

In his appearance on Morning Joe, Gov. Romney was asked about the proliferation of super PACs in the presidential race, and specifically about one associated with his candidacy that is attacking Newt Gingrich. “Campaign finance law has made a mockery of our political campaign season,” he responded. “We really ought to let campaigns raise the money they need and just get rid of these super PACs.”  

“It isn’t campaign finance law that has made a mockery of our political season,” continued Donnelly. “It’s the Roberts-led Supreme Court that has rendered campaign finance law a fiction, and it’s Congress’ concern with getting re-elected rather than creating a system that works for all Americans that makes a mockery of the bedrock value of government of, by, and for the people.”

Video here.

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Public Campaign Action Fund works to hold elected officials accountable for the favors they do for special interest donors and fights to pass comprehensive change in the way elections are financed. Learn more at www.campaignmoney.org