Sen. Ossoff continues charge to end corruption in Washington
Bill follows Sen. Ossoff’s landmark legislation to ban stock trading by members of Congress
Atlanta, Ga. — Today, U.S. Senator Jon Ossoff introduced major legislation to get corporate money out of political campaigns.
He and Senator Mark Kelly (D-AZ) introduced the Ban Corporate PACs Act, which would reduce corporate influence in Washington by prohibiting for-profit corporations from influencing political campaigns and federal elections.
Sen. Ossoff refused contributions from corporate PACs during his U.S. Senate campaign and vowed to introduce legislation to abolish them altogether — and he is now following through on that pledge.
“I don’t take contributions from corporate PACs. Corporate money corrupts the legislative process, and I’m leading this effort alongside Sen. Kelly to ban corporate PACs altogether — as I said I would when I ran for the Senate,” said Sen. Ossoff.
“From lowering prescription drug costs to creating more renewable energy jobs, the influence of big corporations stands in the way of getting results for Arizonans. Our legislation would put an end to the corrupt influence of corporate PACs in our political system. Arizonans can trust that I will make decisions based on what is best for our state and our country, not corporate interests,” said Sen. Kelly.
The Ban Corporate PACs Act would:
- Eliminate the ability of for-profit corporations to establish and manage a PAC.
- Eliminate the ability of for-profit corporations or PACs to solicit contributions from corporate stockholders.
- Require that existing corporate PACs that will no longer be allowed under this Act be terminated and funds be fully disbursed within 1 year after enactment of the Act.
“Senators Mark Kelly and Jon Ossoff continue to be leaders in the fight to end the corrupting influence of corporate money in politics,” said End Citizens United // Let America Vote Action Fund President Tiffany Muller. “This bill will be a critical step in ensuring that our government works for the people, not Washington special interests and big donors. From skyrocketing prescription drug prices to tax breaks benefitting only the wealthy and big corporations, Americans see the corrupt broken system we currently have and the need for change. We’re grateful to Senators Kelly and Ossoff for introducing this important piece of legislation and look forward to passing it into law.”
This follows Sens. Ossoff and Kelly’s recent introduction of their bill prohibiting members of Congress, their spouses, and dependent family members from buying and selling stocks while the member holds office.
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