Money politics has long dominated American politics, but the scale of the problem has gotten much worse. The latest news comes from the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center an written by Brendan Fischer:
A majority of voters across the political spectrum support limiting the influence of big donors, and for years, politicians have publicly declared their support for reducing the influence of money on our political system. But privately, those same politicians have run campaigns that exploited loopholes in the law—and, in some cases, created new ones.
Now, more candidates than ever before are recognizing that they need to at least look like they are walking the walk.
In the 2018 election cycle, dozens of Congressional hopefuls announced voluntary pledges to reject donations from sources like corporate PACs. The 2020 crop of Democratic presidential candidates are now adopting similar pledges in the primaries—and, in several cases, going further. To date, President Trump has not announced any campaign finance pledges for the 2020 cycle.
These pledges can be tough to keep straight. Here’s your guide.