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house Bill H.R. 3686

Should Candidates for Federal Office be Prohibited From Spending Campaign Funds at Businesses They & Their Immediate Family Own?

Argument in favor

Candidates for federal office shouldn’t be allowed to use their pursuit of public office to enrich themselves. Using donor money at one’s own businesses is a form of self-dealing that shouldn’t be allowed.

burrkitty's Opinion
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07/27/2019
Self dealing is corruption. While we are at it stop it from former employees as well. The lobbyists that flit back and forth from government to industry at higher and higher pay by promoting their corporate owners in no-bid government contracts has got to stop too.
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jimK's Opinion
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07/27/2019
Campaign contributions should never be spent for anything that profits the candidate, his business partners or his family. This should fall under ethics/emoluments violations. Funds collected to support a campaign are intended for that support and nothing else. This would be a small step toward controlling the ‘swamp’.
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Jackie's Opinion
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07/27/2019
Profiting from a run for public office is ethically challenged at a minimum...
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Argument opposed

As long as candidates are careful to pay fair market value for business services, they shouldn’t be prohibited from using any business’ services even if they happen to own a stake in it.

Mark's Opinion
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07/27/2019
Note to HR 839, HR 840, HR 1636 and corresponding amendments. Why opposed? These are craftily written bills that would apply only to the president, vice president and cabinet members. Near zero accountability for members of Congress or other government officials below the cabinet level. Just another attempt to smear President Trump. Not surprising since this bill was written by an America hating Socialist Democrat.
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SneakyPete's Opinion
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07/27/2019
Let Me Guess,This Has To Be A California Democratic Bill I stand opposed to this ill written political Democratic House Bill whose sole intent is directed against President Trump or am I wrong? I think not. As long as candidates are careful to pay fair market value for business services, they shouldn’t be prohibited from using any business’ services even if they happen to own a stake in it. SneakyPete.......... 7.27.19.......
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David's Opinion
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07/28/2019
Spend your money how you want. If the voters disapprove of it, vote the person out of office next time. Why does the Federal Gov’t think they should micromanage everyone’s behavior? Because they have done away with the foundation of this nation: the Christian religion and it’s morality!
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    Self dealing is corruption. While we are at it stop it from former employees as well. The lobbyists that flit back and forth from government to industry at higher and higher pay by promoting their corporate owners in no-bid government contracts has got to stop too.
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    Note to HR 839, HR 840, HR 1636 and corresponding amendments. Why opposed? These are craftily written bills that would apply only to the president, vice president and cabinet members. Near zero accountability for members of Congress or other government officials below the cabinet level. Just another attempt to smear President Trump. Not surprising since this bill was written by an America hating Socialist Democrat.
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    Campaign contributions should never be spent for anything that profits the candidate, his business partners or his family. This should fall under ethics/emoluments violations. Funds collected to support a campaign are intended for that support and nothing else. This would be a small step toward controlling the ‘swamp’.
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    Profiting from a run for public office is ethically challenged at a minimum...
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    Would’ve thought this was already covered by things like the emoluments clause, but obviously we need to use really small words so the republicans can understand them.
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    We do need to end nepotism and conflicts of interest in political campaigns.
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    Yes. Stop the corrupt self dealing! $
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    A BIG Y E S to this.... as in the Federal Presidential Emoluments Clause of the US Constitution, e.g. can you say “ Trump” ?
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    That goes without saying. But his grotesqueness feels he is above the emoluments clause.
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    The fact that this wasn’t already law makes it fairly clear that corruption has been widespread for a very long time. It’s about time we clean house, and mandating that candidates of all levels can only use their campaign funds on their actual campaigns is a good start.
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    Why do we even need to say this????
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    Sounds like a transparency plan!
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    If people running for office want to be above reproach, they need to keep campaign money they spend out of any business they or relatives own. DUH!!
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    Absolutely. Conflicts of interest should be avoided 100% of time. These dirty corrupt Republicans with their failing businesses, because their scheming and poor ideas often fail, The they run for office, so they can funnel millions into their failing business and call it success.
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    The people are giving their candidates money in order to run for office, not to better their own personal/private lives.
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    Duh, only someone corrupt and delusional would think it is acceptable to spend campaign contributions on anything that even remotely appears to enrich them, their family or their friends. Just like tRump the felon and conman temporarily residing in the White House.
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    That is using campaign funds to enrich yourself. Illegal & IMMORAL. Another thing Trump has done & the Republicans are complicit in allowing him to continue to break the law.
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    Politics was never designed to be a place to get rich. Obviously many politicians have decided to see a way to pervert this
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    Yes HR 3686 Support Raul Ruiz Self dealing is wrong! Swampy Trump Brand grifters have taken over 18 million by July 2019 to enrich themselves! Very Big Trump brand Scam better believe it loyalists
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    Emoluments, plain and simple. No siphoning of donor $ to personal coffers.
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