Plumb Announces Policy Priorities for Fixing Our Broken Political System
Ithaca, New York – U.S. Navy Captain John Plumb, fourth generation Western New Yorker and candidate for Congress in New York’s 23rd District, announced today his policy priorities for “Fixing our Broken Political System." The event took place in Ithaca and focused on restoring values like integrity and service into our Congress, along with removing excessive money from politics. Plumb is endorsed by End Citizens United.
“Our political system is broken — and Congress is a major part of the problem,” said Captain Plumb. “Some of the worst members of Congress get away with deals, schemes, and dishonest behavior that would never be accepted in the military, the private sector, or rural communities across the Southern Tier and Western New York. This broken system is damaging our democracy and our country. It is time we enact strong reforms that constrain the excessive money in politics and help ensure that our political system more closely reflects our values — like integrity and service.”
U.S. Navy Captain Plumb’s policy priorities for fixing our broken political system include:
Corporations are not People: Enact a Constitutional Amendment that undoes the disastrous Citizens United v. F.E.C ruling and give Congress and the States the power to regulate campaign finance.
Increase Transparency: Require members of Congress to publicly disclose bulk mailings paid for at taxpayer expense, and publicly report the amount of hours they spend fundraising while Congress is in session.
Crackdown on the Revolving Door : Extend the lobbying ban on former members of Congress after they leave office from one year to five years, and close loopholes that have facilitated underground and unreported lobbying.
Strengthen Independent Congressional Ethics Oversight: Stop allowing members of Congress to write their own ethics standards — reform is not in their interest. Establish an Independent Congressional Oversight Board that develops and establishes rigorous, enforceable ethics standards for members of Congress.
Here is a link to Captain Plumb’s full policy paper on “Fixing our Broken Political System.”