tv Representatives David Jolly and Rick Nolan Discuss Congressional Fundraising CSPAN May 16, 2016 10:00am-11:01am EDT
club. we join the event in progress. he said he was shocked to hear from party elders that in the next six months he needed to raise $2 million. that he was told was his first job. in february he introduced the stock act which would ban members of congress from personally asking for money. rick nolan was one of the first cosponsor the legislation. he served three terms in the house in the 19th 70's and was elected to congress when he returned, he hardly recognized the institution because of the amount of time members spent buying for dollars. , toy, congressman join us get members of congress to put down the phone and actually solve america passes problems. our guests will speak for a few minutes and then answer questions aired we have a number of reporters listening on the phone. listening in would
like to ask a question, please e-mail them. welcome. would you like to begin? you.jolly: a sincere thank be aw we wanted this to bipartisan effort right out of the gate. we did accomplish that. i will spend a couple of minutes talking about the actual construct. i think the narrative has been told and i will give you a little of my perspective and i know rick has comments as well. in many states, including the state of florida, state legislators are prohibited from raising money when in session. the ballot and elected in the state of florida as well as a total of 30 states are prohibited from directly campaigng
contributions. the prohibition was upheld by the u.s. supreme court. the supreme court indicated prohibition might be itstitutional, but perhaps would require different construct for elected officials in the legislative quality. i took a model and said let's of why it to congress. the act is very simple, it is four pages and every member of congress can read it before we vote on it. cindy says known may directly contribution,aign including in person, including phone calls, including e-mails, websites. it removes the member of congress from the solicitation. the main focus of the stock act is less on campaign finance reform. i would be happy as a republican to enter into a debate on
campaign finance reform. we can do better. this is a congressional reform that says the following. we know the amount of money in politics. let's talk about the amount of time it takes to raise that money. in a single congressional case where your member of congress may have to race in the dollars, , where theyrace have to raise $49, consider the amount of time it takes to raise that money. i tell the story, the tale of two candidates. i was a first-time candidate three years ago. i had a law practice and a consulting practice. to run forded congress, i was able to decide how much time to commit to fundraising and parades, you name it.
consequence was on my own business endeavors. that was as a first-time candidate. once elected, and as mentioned in the introduction, realizing i had seven months to raise $2 million for reelection, consider the opportunity cost, the time it takes to raise that money. as a sitting member of congress running for reelection, the greatest responsibility i have for every minute of every hour is to represent the people who have trusted me to serve. to spend hours upon hours everyday raising money and not doing the job i was elected to do, i believe that is a violation of the public trust. the discretion and luxury to decide how to then my time. as a sitting member of congress running for reelection, i do not
think we should have the same choice. having members of congress yould be told to do the job were elected to do it let's make sure the resources are there to raise the money. i have had the opportunity to study -- to study congress from every angle. i rose up through staff ranks. i was council. i was supporting the appropriations chairman journey i -- during 9/11. there are certain unique perspectives and this is one of them. on a memberessure passes time to do some the other than you were elected to do. the stop act was simply say, let members of congress get back to work. i say this every step of the way. to judge line is not
or criticize my colleagues. are begging for some breathing room. priorities they want for their constituencies. health care and immigration prioritiesbers have they want to work on. this is not to judge or criticize my colleagues. with real world challenges. the second narrative, we can discuss it during questions if you would like. the narrative developed that it was somehow david jolly or certain members versus the party. that is not the case. this is the amount of time
people spend raising money for their own campaigns. the requirements and expectations to raise money for your party, which is now something we have seen, the obligation is not there, it was focus on the total amount of time for fundraising. i am tired of retired members of congress pulling back the curtain and lamenting the amount fundraising.spent what we are trying to do is to say, let's start a movement today. members of congress are working to demand change and it lamented while we have the ability to implement congress and change the law. help of the american people coming in the mail and e-mail and on the own calls, i am optimist that we could make some advancements on the issue
in the near term. so thank you for joining me in the movement. rep. nolan: thank you. thank you, tommy, and jamie horowitz, president of the newsmakers operation. a special thanks to my colleague, david jolly, for tremendous leadership in stepping up speaking out on the critical issue. with regard to what you were saying in your introduction, i served elected office for 10 1960's ande late early 1970's. i spent 32 years in business, domestic and international community service. it is a long hiatus. a couple of people referred to me as rick van winkle coming these years,l
seeing what happened to congress, i hardly recognized the place. so dramatically different. himd jolly suggested i join introducing this, it made wonderfully good sense to me because among the things that have changed so dramatically was the massive amounts of money going to politics. as a result of the supreme court citizens united decision, we are talking billions of dollars. going into campaign elections, much of it secret money or dark money, whatever you want to call it. most of it negative. forrought on a necessity members and candidates
raise enough money to defend themselves and get their message out there. that, you might as well go home. he will get defeated and it is to notont to supporters do everything you can do to show you are all in as well. not spendved, we did time dialing for dollars. it was not done. republicans and democrats do not have call centers across the street where you were expected to do that. the single most important thing we can do, the two most important things, are the reversal of citizens united to get all of this money out of politics, but the other most important thing we do is to pass this stock that -- stop act.
the massive amount of money has totally changed the way we do politics. it has turned member of congress dialing forketers dollars. it is no secret, republicans and democrats have told us, you should spend 30 hours a week dialing for dollars and another 10 a week in actual fundraising events, luncheons and cocktail parties. hours andproaching 40 we are only in town three nights a week. trip door to hour door for me. and you haveurs not spent time governing yet? not proud to say i have spend a minute in the call centers across the street. we are elected to do the people's business.
,o to washington and go to work that is what being a member of congress is all about and that is what has made the country the great country it is. to complement what david has said, members do not want to do this. fromer they came conservative or liberal backgrounds, they came with ideas and they wanted an opportunity to express and argue them. to have a vote on them. that is how you find common ground. we spent a lot of time talking about the integrity of the candidates and that is important. process matters. if you have already consumed 50 hours a week in travel and fundraising, there is not a lot of time for governing.
we see the results. they call it gridlock. we are looking for the congress to be the most unproductive in the history of the country. if everybody's busy raising there is nogning, time for governing. that is why. that is how you find common ground. time whent a everything came up in committee process, we were in session five days a week. if you have an idea, you got the opportunity to offer and argue it and debate and let it rise and fall and that is how we found common ground. that does not happen anymore. if they're going to be in amendments, they are very limited. day, it was not
uncommon to have hundreds of amendments on a particular bill and you argued and debated everyone of them. you develop respect for your colleagues, the opportunity to develop the best ideas and the arguments, and that is how you got things done. that is why this act is so critically important to the process. if members are come -- coming to becomingn, and telemarketers, they are not doing the job we were elected to do. that is why the stop act is so important. this is diverting time away from the people's business, which is what we were elected to do. i do not mind telling you it is discouraging people from running for election. countlessk of
examples. in my state, a wonderfully successful businessperson is very interested in running. he got out here and when he was told the fundraising that would be required of him, he said, that is not why want to go to washington. note -- make no mistake, it is destroying people's confidence in the whole political system, disrupting the process and the simple truth is if the congress will work and we will fix things and get done, if we will find the common ground, we need to be in the briefings timee great issues of our and meet with constituents. we do not have crystal balls. that is why you meet with
constituents. they can tell you what is and what is not working. we need to be debating. essential tois so the process. city see -- citizens united notwithstanding the or not we to getis critical members of congress back doing what they were elected to do. you go to washington and go to work on the people's business and that is what this is all about. the future of democracy depends on the passage of this legislation. it will not be easy. -- ve had you will see growing support as more and more people around the country and the importance of
it, i am convinced in my heart of hearts that it will become a reality. it is happening in states and counties and is happening in the nation. thank you for your leadership on this and thank you to the press club for healthiest highlight the importance of the issue and thanks to the committee sponsoring great the base on these issues. i am delighted to be here and be part of it and more than happy to take any questions anybody might have. yes. opinion?s your what he is saying is not only are we running to raise money, because what he is writing seems to be to term limits. some want to raise the money to
keep the jobs. about that?think rep. nolan: on that issue, the congressman is right. here to helpo be play a role in reversing voicens united and have a , you better have several million dollars to defend yourself. accounts, the congressman seems simultaneously unethical to say the least. i find colleagues from every perspective to be men and women of integrity who have good ideas but differ in many ways
they represent a large and diverse country that we live in. when you bring them together as opposed to sending them across the street, we can find common ground. it works. rep. jolly: when i was first the storyhere is where was told to raise $8,000 a day. member of leadership who wanted helpful. get elected in six months. i thought, that is great. i will get all the wisdom i can about how to get reelected. it was a second grade math
equation on the whiteboard. by the days,vided $18,000 per day. that is where i was told your first job is to raise $18,000 a day. my chief of staff is in the room and i turned to my deputy chief of staff and said, here's the problem you will face. your boss just got elected. he wants to be a good member of congress. to make sure he is on the phone raising $18 a day before he does the job. it is the reality. congressman --e pre-ordered the congressman x book. we are willing to sign the name to the cause. on term limits, i represent a district that president obama won twice. the answer to term limits is to
create competitive district across the country where members ase to compete for votes opposed to representing the party first and simply raise money to get elected. thomas: if you have questions you would like to ask, watching on c-span or listening online, the e-mail just, and as i call on you, i will start with the question that will be the old and in the room in some ways. how much is this a tactic to raise your profile. second, getting anything passed this year seems impossible. rep. jolly: when i introduced the stop act, i took a pledge to abide. i did that as the front runner
in the u.s. senate rates in the state of florida. wouldpolitical consultant tell you i'm crazy and if you look the fundraising numbers, it is true that has created significant headwinds. someone suggests the member of congress is the most influential fundraiser on the team, that if you take direct solicitation outcome you're hurting yourself on finance, think that is an indictment and its beef to the transactional nature in many cases. question, is it a campaign gimmick or not heard no. i always say this, members of congress like rick and myself and others who pursue good policy, it naturally makes for good politics. this is a 100% issue at home. abandon it simple because we are in the middle of an election or should we push forward because american e-book
are craving for this. we have never pulled for this. it is fascinating. you talk about congressional reforms and campaign-finance reform in a town hall or a civics meeting, it does not matter what the group is. the response is 100%. american people yet the stop act. i put members of congress on a 2 -- do not call registry. i talk about the british model of taking political ads off the television. a 100% response at home. good policies make for good politics. is on driving good policy and the politics will take care of themselves. >> he seem to be making a distinction between congressional reform and campaigns -- campaign finance reform.
i want to get it done. amount of time members of congress ours and that spending raising money and not doing their job. even in her office. they are not even there. the pressures to raise money are outside the office to time focused in on the congressional reform much like you saw five or members ofgo, congress who potentially were trading on inside information. reformthis congressional because it is focusing in on what i call a scandal in congress, the amount of time members of congress are shirking from doing their day job. that is not to shy away from campaign finance reform. i would be open to a package that balances the privilege of anybody to participate in an election with reasonable
restrictions. >> does that include reversing citizens united? we can do: i think better than what we have now. citizens united opened up a flood of new money. i want to see how we drive down the money of politics. for people to be able to contribute to a candidate's reelection, whether or not that unions orlude corporations, i think that should be a question to be visited. thomas: back to you. you agree with reversing citizens united. i do.olan: one of the first things after returning the hiatus is to take a look at the whole process. about to some conclusions what i thought had changed from what i served and what was good that about it.
i introduced a copper has a piece of legislation two ears ago. it did a number of things, starting with reversing citizens united. that has unleashed massive of secret money and required candidates to raise massive amounts of money to defend themselves and get their message out. a good colleague of mine whose name will go unmentioned was --king at raising 60,000 $50,000 a day. he said, i'm not going to do this anymore. my legislation also called for independent commissions, and they're telling us there are 40 competitive seats in the country . as david was pointing out, they should all be competitive. should be 535 including the senate. they should all be competitive. i would like to see limits in my
legislation included in that. limits on when campaign spending can take place. most western democracies have election contest echo 40, maybe 90 days out of a year. nothing magic about 50 p i just know 365 days a year every year is not right. and that has to change. foregislation provided online legislation to be more inclusive. it is remarkable the number of people denied the right to vote in this country and my onislation called for a ban raising money and dialing for dollars. last but not least, my registration called for restoration of regular order. that is what speaker ryer -- speaker ryan was talking about. on bothof congress
sides of the aisle came to washington to make a difference. i got on the transportation committee and when i learned they would not write a bill, really, why be on the transparent -- transportation committee? they kicked -- that can down the road 30 times. speaker ryan, we found our common ground and came together and we wrote a transportation bill. you can look at each one of the .tems separately i tried to put it all together regard toand without citizens united, that will take some time and in my judgment, it will be reversed and that will require a member of the cost vision and whether we passed that are not, we need the stop act so member's of congress go to washington and go to work on people's business and not go
across the street to the call centers, republican and democrat, and then dial for dollars. it is disruptive of our whole public policy process. >> from the washington post, i think you guys have, in addition to cosponsors, i do not think there is anything in the senate yet, the question is why. should --ike this this should be obvious. it seems like -- >> i think there is, in part, an processnding that the as it is tends to be supportive of incumbency. to have someone who sits on a committee who has some
jurisdiction over your profession or your occupation, calling and saying, i have got a tough election contest and i -- i would like to ask you, 27 for the primary and 2700 for the general and i would , knowingsk for 5000 the reader will call him an act -- asked him to go for another 500,000 to go with the five. it is beneficial to incumbency and that is why in many somects, it is hard to get of your colleagues to embrace the idea that we need to change the way we do politics here. it is not good for the country. i think we picked up two more since we talked to you. and everything has got to start somewhere.
otherwise we would be negotiating with the queen on the steel. this is a good start, a good beginning. it willvery confidence ultimately become the law of the land. states and counties and cities have often times been experiment of for new concepts and new ideas. legislation. i know they are for bid and 2 -- from calling lobbyist. but it is a new beginning and a tod beginning and essential become law of the land. >> we have got six more cosponsors than i thought we would have. but this is the reality. heartbreaking reflection of how little gets done. it is also a heartbreaking reflection on where the
priorities of congress are. amount oft of the money of members political survival that depends on raising money. that is a reality. you can see it. members of congress i talked about, we tried to build a coalition of members so was not on this,y stepping out we were trying to build a coalition. in particular jumped at it right away. i would love to, that is great, count me in. and 48 hours, the member called and said i cannot do it. i am facing reelection. understand the conversations i've had on the floor, i said i would hundred -- i would and take the stop act the pledge now. that was a hard decision. every consultants was telling me not to do it. if i do not take the pledge, would it get traction? colleagues, including
two on the other side of the aisle, i said to cosign -- cosponsor this. you do not have to take the pledge. i will get your back. i will tell everybody in the media you should not take the pledge. fear in theire eyes about what it means for the election. for political survivor -- survival. it gets congress back to work and also removes some appearance of impropriety of can -- candidates being involved is listed in. someone rightly pointed out if you include challenger -- challengers, it leaves an unfair advantage to incumbents. we left that out. six more cosponsors than i thought we would. thousands of people e-mailing and calling of following us on social media. making their own videos and putting an online. it will take a continued
pressure by rick and myself and those in the media who support the idea. require leadership from presidential candidates. . chop on the stop act? -- donald trump on the stop act? his entire campaign is about workng the government to again. we can talk about finance reform. where is donald trump on the stop act? where is bernie sanders? it will take that type of leadership and i think we can get it done. >> press club wire. on theto follow-up prospects of the legislation. how many cosponsors do you have, how many democrats and republicans and would you not need at least up to 100, and
where does the leadership and? rep. jolly: i believe two -- we picked up 60 minutes because of constituencies. that is the type of pressure we need. what is required for the hearing? has about two sitting there. i think a leadership decision can do it. trying to be constructive and saying we are not criticizing our colleagues but we are criticizing the system. i will be honest, we did a press conference in january and february, i spoke about the stop , we solicitedmes
cosponsors, but it has slowed. tot is where we have tried bring the spotlight of the media to this so we could perhaps have leadership push for at least some type of hearing. turned the you campaign-finance race over. what would that due to the fundraising itself? out imagine most donors want to talk to the key guy and not a lackey. that is the indictment of the current system. why is it a member of congress is more effective in soliciting campaign contribution than a finance minister for a campaign? speaks to the heart of significant issues we have when
it comes to the construct that governs elections. that also space to the pressure. to know the anger that develops. i say quiet anger but it is a real anger. you get up. told by leadership that your first responsibility is to raise money. the staff culture buys into the same narrative. i am sure rick has had this experience as well. their own staff is clearing their schedule and putting call time on it. their own staff is running interference because the staff from theg the pressure same reelection requirements in the same leadership push to get the member into a call suite. have got the greatest staff in the world but the people i answer to a 700,000 people in florida and i get to decide what i will do for the people in florida. the moment a culture appear says, you think you got elected
to represent 7000 people in the county, but you got elected to be one more marble on our side of the aisle to keep a majority and to do that, you have got to raise two marine dollars, that ikes me angry and that is why introduced the stop act. jamie? jamie: one is really quick. first, have you considered having an online competition to get the public to put pressure and show members of congress there is broad support for the idea in the general public? >> we did. we put all of our organizational resources behind us. thateated a website introduces you both to what the act does and to some of the literature. rick refers to, this is based on facts.
said, hereion packet is your schedule, 20 hours a week raising money, 10 hours a week, other networking. republicans have received call sheets, here is what you call and here's what you say. much of the material online so the american people can see this. #stopact.eople to use promote this. we are trying to create a movement. you get a letter from someone in iowa or a professor and watch date, california and maine who says, thank you for doing this. democrats and independents, it is remarkable. we've got the website and are trying to encourage people to use social media to get in touch with members of congress. less address sayaign-finance, but do not
it is dark money and transparency in all this. it is all of those issues, but do not talk about those issues to distract from the merits of the stop act. that is where we need the american people to keep a spotlight on this. >> wouldn't it just be simpler to have publicly financed congressional campaigns? i would be happy to work on broad-based campaign-finance reform. some talk financing and some .alk tax credits it is a group called issue one, a bunch of members of congress. begin to approach a balanced bipartisan bill that protects the constitutional rights of individuals to with reasonable regulation? i know you will have a lot more to say. supporter ofng
public financing in concert with a system of small donations. the congressman is been one of the leaders on that. that combined with some limits on how and when money can be thet i think is ultimately answer. as long as citizens united is out there, it is kind of irrelevant. in my judgment, step one is to reverse citizens united and set to is to pass the stop act. . system of small donations and public financing. a number of states have done it and it seems to work well. i think that is where we have to go as a nation. >> i wanted to pose a question.
it is not a senate race but this will be one of the most expensive house races in the country this year. you have raised over $1 million thus far this cycle. i'm curious how your involvement on a day-to-day basis affects how you are raising the money you need to win reelection. have you stopped receiving funds? what other things are you doing? to kind of -- >> know, i've not been in the call centers across the street. i come to washington and go to work. must say when the congress is not in session, yes, i spent a considerable amount of time raising money. opponentself funded who says he will spend whatever it takes to win the election
contest. my last two were among the two most expensive in the country. this looks like it will probably be the singularly most pensive race in the country and i feel strongly about the issues i have brought to the table. i applaud tom.- i have not taken the pledge. i am tying to make sure i have got enough money to's -- to defend myself. you're spending thousands of dollars against me in television ads right now as we speak. rants -- ransom and has since last fall. boating to fund terrorists. really, the guy runs a sawmill in a factory. my staff did a poll and the staff came out and said only 3% of people believe the ad.
i said really, that is a margin of victory in my district. somes, i have got to have money to get my own advertisements defending myself and getting it out there. i do not could i believe more strongly in this act. thatof you may have seen vanderbilt in virginia and others have done a study of the effectiveness of congress and you are looking at one of the 10 most effective members of congress. it is not rocket science but you have got to show up when they bring an open rule. david and i are doing our business and doing our work and we get things done. that is hard when you are across the street dialing for dollars. that is why this is so important.
>> you talk about the process as long as you have been doing this. and you bring up bernie sanders p or is the system rate and are things not getting done because of the money and can you tell us things congress will not do because the money does not want it question mark they talk about how a woman to climate change legislation because of the coat others. is that happening, in your perspective? >> is definitely happening. it is perverted and his corrupt. have you seen an issue more front and center than immigration reform? we have not considered immigration reform. i have been here going on four years now. is there a reason congress consider immigration reform? is there a reason congress
cannot consider tax reform? is there a reason why congress cannot consider climate change? is there a reason why congress cannot consider a resolution that is the basis of continuing the middle east? legislatione reason comes up and they come up more often than not on a closed rule where no one can offer an amendment or at best, you have to go before the rules committee yet maybe two or three amendments are hearing. veterans last week for and service members on the interagency task force dealing with the abuse and use of the task force. like i have said for several hundred years, it was not uncommon to have hundreds of amendments and you were not
limited to five minutes. the debate was exhausted and then you had -- it is terribly correct to the political process. they are doing just fine in our society and they're quite content with the status quo. they would like not to see the congress sitting down in a bipartisan way examining alternatives to the way we are doing business. working men and women across the country who are making less today than they were 20 years ago, paying more in many cases for health care were not getting any health care than they were 20 years ago, who see themselves and their pensions in danger, why don't we have a pension reform act considered? i could go on at great length
and tell you how many issues congress is not debating or considering were not allowing a consideration of as a result of ignited by citizens united and then that exacerbated a need for the stop act. representative john -- rep. jolly: i do not know if i've seen contribution setting an agenda. i can tell you what you feel at the level of newer ventures is a bit of the influence. scorecard with the community. you see that restrict often because of the political thatacts, it is a risk perhaps the caucus or leadership is not willing to take. i think you see a lot of the slowdown for two reasons. why have not -- have we done for
security. why don't we have a true balanced budget initiative and why don't we dress -- address for -- two reasons. we are working full-time job appear. that is the whole point of the stop act. half of the time is spent raising money. how much time are you vote -- devoting to the issues of the country? growing crisis, you have got a part-time congress. the second is oftentimes congress makes a political toculation that it is safer simply go home in november and say, we promise we will do it next year. i would much rather do border security and immigration reform for electiond justify what is and is not in it and answering heart russians of the held accountable about an immigration reform package and
stand in november and try to explain why congress did not do anything on it here and i think it is because the political calculation is that it is safe enough to touch it and i think that is wrong. let's have a debate over border security and immigration reform and i would be proud to stand and justify how it turns out. >> a few minutes ago you mentioned donald trump. does not your legislation help self-funded candidates who do not have to ask for money, they can just write themselves a i think it jolly: reflects the reality of where we are already. to ais where we can get better bipartisan campaign finance package and where we are now. i think they already have an unfair advantage. you talk about super pac's and recognize, if we are not already in a cycle where it means very
little, we will get there. look at the amount of money that was raised for bush'super pac as opposed to his campaign committee. you have a congressional candidate where super pac -- i think it is already out of allen's. if you take the contrast between and theate's committee amount of money raised by super pac's or what is self funders can do. >> if it is already out of whack, what is the point then? this is why i say congressional reform. the great political scandal of our time right now is the fact that you have members of for 3.5 come to town days a week and spend more time raising money than doing their job. it is why continue to call it a
congressional reform. it is a scandal. it is a first-rate scandal, a bipartisan shakedown of the american people for members of congress sitting in call season e, when your constituents think you are working on behalf of the market people. the other night at three caucus morning, i am flipping across channels and i can cross mr. smith goes to washington. i had not seen it in about 30 years and had not seen it as a remember of congress. it is the scene where he is trying to write legislation about creating a boys camp. he has all the idealism in the world and that is the point. comes up against someone who has been there and starts walking you have anof it so idea. are you going to the committee and the chairman will do this and then you have to go to congress. he goes through all the inefficiencies. if the assistant had
said, you do not have time to write that legislation. spent 30 hours a week across the street asking people for money. in that what happens scene, he introduced legislation appealing to legislation. he started getting envelopes from boys with pennies and nickels and dies because it showed good policies are what the american people want. it gets members reelected if you are doing right. i'm glad you mentioned the movie. my favorite part is when they are at the national press club. before i ask the last question, he doesay, may 24, members of congress who are muslim will be here to discuss
islamophobia and the presidential election. the26, the election -- center for disease control be here to discuss the zika virus. june 13, we will have the head of the girl scouts of america here. i hope she brings cookies. my last question, tell me about your current relationship with the nrc see? nrcc? >> i have got a wonderfully good relationship. here, ind to point out one respect, members of the congress are victims of citizen united and the massive infusion of money into our campaigns and political process. if you intend to run for reelection and you believe in the stop act and immigration any ofand you believe in
the ideas that have been advanced for the reveille -- resolution of problems we face as a nation, you had better have enough money to defend yourself and get your message out there. without money, you do not exist. if one candidate has got the money and the message, and you are sitting there with nothing, you lose. you do not have to have more than a person but you do have to have enough. this country never operated that way before. i have the opportunity to see how it operated many years ago. know ourus who history, it did not work that way throughout most of our country passes history. we have got to restore democracy. it is about congressional reform and campaign reform and bringing
together a number of things that will get us back to a time when representatives went to washington and they were not intimidated by money. by money.not driven things andere to fix get things done under open rules and an open process. a systemhy i support of small donations in public financing as well so you have a level playing field out there. in many respects, any one of these things is nowhere near as good as a package of half a dozen things to bring it all together. the public financing, the reversal of citizens united, the stop act, online voter registration, independent reapportionment. pull all that together and we can have a great renaissance in
democracy in this country and restore it to the leadership role it has had in the world. that is getting away from us. the way change occurs is by people stepping up like mr. jolly has here and i'm glad to be a part of it as well, by calling out honestly and with integrity what is wrong and advancing some ideas to fix it. that is what the stop act is all about and that is why i'm glad to be a part of it. iconology this is a hard issue for a lot of people to talk about. the telemarketers in the town of being asked to raise money for their parties. that is the reality. i'm not criticizing my colleagues are that the nrcc continue to raise as much resources as they want to.
i think we must remove members of congress from that process. we are one party and this is a difficult issue to talk about. i just think members of congress should be moved -- removed from what they are doing. i worked for 13 years on staff and largely in my professional , my, about 20 years predecessor is a wonderful man by the name of bill young. he came in in 1970 and i was having dinner with his first chief of staff and he said, when we first got elected in 1970, the nrcc raise money for us, give us money. we're in a world now where you get elected and you're given a bill, given your dues. it is one of the worst kept secrets around here but people know members of congress are --
no here is what you have to raise. i got a $400,000 bill this year and i am not paying it. outs.uts me on the does that mean we cannot find a way to continue to work together, look, we are one party and this is a hard conversation we are having. rick and thenk national press club in each one of you for taking the interest on the spirit we need the help of the american people to start a movement out of this. thank you very much. thank you. that is all we have. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2016]