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house Bill H.R. 1363

Should Former Members of Congress Have to Close Their Campaign Accounts Within 2 Years of Leaving Office?

Argument in favor

Political donations are made for the express purpose of helping a specific candidate get elected. When a politician loses their race or leaves public office, any remaining donations should be returned to donors, distributed to other candidates, or donated to charity (per existing allowable uses) — and this should happen within a reasonable period of time.

John's Opinion
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07/27/2019
Two years is a bunch of crap it should be six months.
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SneakyPete's Opinion
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07/27/2019
Why the devil shouldn’t they close out their Political funding accounts Political donations are made for the express purpose of helping a specific candidate get elected. When a politician loses their race or leaves public office, any remaining donations should be returned to donors, distributed to other candidates, or donated to charity (per existing allowable uses) — and this should happen within a reasonable period of time. SneakyPete......... 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻. 7.26.19......
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RjGoodman's Opinion
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07/27/2019
Political donations are made to help a specific candidate get elected. When a politician loses their race or leaves public office, any remaining donations should be returned to donors, donated to charity (per existing allowable uses) — and this should happen within a reasonable period of time.
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Argument opposed

The FEC already has rules governing allowable uses of campaign funds after a politician leaves elected office or loses their election. While it isn’t ideal for politicians to leave campaign funds open indefinitely, it’s not worth stretching the FEC’s already-limited resources to enforce this bill, given how few people are affected on a yearly basis.

Marty's Opinion
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07/27/2019
They should close the accounts 6 months prior to leaving office.
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Tucker's Opinion
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07/27/2019
It should be no later than when they announce that they are no longer seeking another term. Any money left in their accounts after the last time they ran for office should be donated to either a charity or a general election fund for anyone, regardless of party, who is running for office.
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Annett's Opinion
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07/27/2019
No they should turn them in to Congress and anything else emails etc they used while in/etc office/.. Immediate upon leave or
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    Two years is a bunch of crap it should be six months.
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    They should close the accounts 6 months prior to leaving office.
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    Why the devil shouldn’t they close out their Political funding accounts Political donations are made for the express purpose of helping a specific candidate get elected. When a politician loses their race or leaves public office, any remaining donations should be returned to donors, distributed to other candidates, or donated to charity (per existing allowable uses) — and this should happen within a reasonable period of time. SneakyPete......... 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻. 7.26.19......
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    Political donations are made to help a specific candidate get elected. When a politician loses their race or leaves public office, any remaining donations should be returned to donors, donated to charity (per existing allowable uses) — and this should happen within a reasonable period of time.
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    Yes. And they would not have enormous campaign funds large enough to worry about if we simply got rid of PAC funding, ‘soft’ funds they collect and other ‘dark’ money. Let’s elect people based on their character, ideals, and ideas- not upon their ability to out-fund media blitz smear campaigns against their opponents. Let’s stop big money from buying politicians and controlling who gets elected. It certainly doesn’t seem to line up with what our founders would have envisioned- and to me at least, just seems wrong.
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    6 MONTHS MAX!
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    Yes. Campaign accounts must be closed promptly. These accounts breed corruption as Un regulated slush funds. Close these accounts. Make it law these accounts must be closed. And reported. Transparency is essential.
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    How is this not already the law?
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    My argument in favor of this bill - it ban payments to family members from campaign accounts once members leave office. Additionally, it’d prohibit candidates from transferring leftover campaign funds into their own political action committees (PACs) (which is allowed under current regulations), and require that all campaign funds be disposed of before a former politician becomes a registered lobbyist. This bill will help combat corrupt money in politics.
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    Two years! That’s ridiculous. They should be closed the day they leave office.
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    Should be 6 months or less! Montana does not allow DARK money in campaigns!
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    It should be immediately after leaving office
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    2 yrs is more than enough time.
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    Campaign accounts should be closed immediately upon Election Day and should not be opened until another campaign begins. Furthermore, there should be ZERO lobbyists. And, former office holders should be banned from ever lobbying. Clean up our foul, polluted government.
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    6 months is more realistic. 2 years is too long #MAGA
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    They should close these accounts the day they leave office
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    Rick Scott, Marco Rubio, Bill Posey OLC policy: The indictment or criminal prosecution of a sitting President would unconstitutionally undermine the capacity of the executive branch to perform its constitutionally assigned functions. It’s time to do your job. You swore an oath to this country, it’s people and me to uphold the constitution. The president has never upheld that oath. How do you want to be remembered?
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    One year, I would stipulate.
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    Just stop trying to get rich off of public service ...
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    It should be no later than when they announce that they are no longer seeking another term. Any money left in their accounts after the last time they ran for office should be donated to either a charity or a general election fund for anyone, regardless of party, who is running for office.
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