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senate Bill S. 558

Should Presidential Library Fundraisers Have Reporting Requirements?

Argument in favor

Making a donation towards a presidential library is essentially a political donation, but without campaign contribution limits - meaning that it can be a way to buy influence if it isn't monitored.

John's Opinion
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08/18/2015
Yes. This has been a post Presidency slush fund. Donations should be capped and treated like any other campaign contribution.
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Betsy's Opinion
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11/23/2015
Why do any past presidents have to get cash donations for their presidential libraries, when, as far as I know, they could well afford to build and maintain it themselves?
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08/19/2015
It's just a good way to keep honest people honest.
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Argument opposed

Many of the people making a donation of $200 or more aren’t doing it to buy influence - they want to preserve history. It seems unfair to treat a $200 donation the same as a $200,000 donation.

Patrick's Opinion
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02/03/2016
No, but they should not qualify for a tax write off either
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David's Opinion
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01/14/2016
Unneeded intrusion by congress (who arranged long ago for the public to pay for its library). If Congress wants to stop the fundraising, they should appropriate the funds for construction and maintenance of each past President's library.
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operaman's Opinion
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08/19/2015
Don't get involved! It they can't raise funds, then the president has lost is supporters. No big deal. A looser president has established his own fate.
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