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Prohibiting One-on-One Fundraising by Members of Congress

Constraining Direct Fundraising by Members of Congress

Here is another proposal in a proposed Congressional bill that seeks to reduce the influence of big donors on Members of Congress.

Members of Congress would be prohibited from personally asking a donor for money at any time. It allows them to attend and speak at fundraising events, but prohibits direct one-on-one appeals for donations.
This proposal seeks to reduce the influence of big donors by making it more possible for candidates for U.S. Senate to rely entirely on small donors.

The idea is to create a program that provides financial support to US Senate candidates who agree to limit their fundraising to small donors. Here is how it would work:

• A candidate who chooses to participate must:
o agree not to take donations of more than $150 from any donor for an election.
o demonstrate their viability as a candidate by raising a substantial number of small donations from in-state donors.

• The candidate would then receive additional funds as follows:
o a six-to-one match of each small donation (e.g. if someone were to make a donation of $100, the candidate would receive an additional $600)
o a grant and credits for media ads, totaling approximately $1-$14 million, depending on the population of their state

The program would be funded by a new fee paid by companies who do large contract work for the federal government. They would be charged a fee of 0.5% on the amount of each contract over $10 million.