Friday, May 27, 2011

Boren Introduces Donation Limitation Resolution

In an attempt to restore the influence average citizens have on their Congressional elections, Congressman Dan Boren has introduced a joint resolution that proposes an amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

It would prohibit Congressional candidates from accepting contributions from individuals who do not reside in the State or Congressional district in which the candidate is seeking office.

“It has become all too clear, the influence that outside groups and individuals have had on American politics. I want to restore the power back to the people so they determine who represents them. After traveling throughout my district this year hosting town halls in all 25 counties, many Oklahomans that I’ve visited with are alarmed by the influence that outside sources have on the political process in their communities – and that a candidate should only receive donations from the voters he or she represents. This legislation would begin the process of re-establishing the importance of local influence in our federal elections,” said Boren.

Specifically, if H. J. Res. 65 was passed by Congress and ratified by three-fourths of the states within seven years of passage, the proposed amendment to the Constitution would bar a candidate for the office of U.S. Senator from accepting contributions, funds and in-kind equivalents, from individuals who do not reside in the state the candidate seeks to represent.

For candidates seeking the office of Representative, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner in the U.S. House of Representatives, the amendment would prohibit those same contributions from individuals who do not reside in the Congressional district the candidate seeks to represent.

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