A question from Kyle Higgins of Philadelphia, PA:
Do you think the House will take up campaign finance reform this year? They seem unable to even launch their hearings investigating wrongdoing… let alone reform the process.
Rep. Sununu responds:
The public hearing portion of the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee's investigation of illegal foreign contributions and other illegal fundraising activity will begin this week. (For the past several months, the Committee has been taking depositions from witnesses and reviewing thousands of pages of documents.) The Committee's first action will be to grant immunity to those witnesses who were illegally reimbursed after making contributions to the Democratic National Committee.
Although both House and Senate will review several aspects of campaign funding, it should be emphasized that the first rule of campaign finance should be to obey the law.
I believe that the House will debate specific campaign reform proposals this year including measures that require greater disclosure of contributions, change the maximum "soft-money"' contribution Iimit, and prevent union dues from being used for political advertising without union members consent.
Rep. Carson responds:
Unfortunately, it is not likely that the House will consider campaign finance reform this year. Democrats are attempting to bring this critical issue to the floor before the end of the session this year. However, the Republican leadership is providing staunch resistance to campaign finance reform. Most likely, the House will finish business on the various appropriations bills and return to their districts until January.
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