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https://www.politico.com/news/2019/10/07/bernie-sanders-corporate-donations-dnc-036157

Bernie Sanders, a longtime critic of the nation’s campaign finance system, is releasing a plan Monday aimed at ending the influence of corporate cash in politics, including at the 2020 Democratic National Convention.

The Vermont senator pledges to put a stop to all corporate PAC contributions to the convention if he wins the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. AT&T, Facebook, Independence Blue Cross and other companies each gave seven-figure donations to the event’s host committee in 2016.

Sanders’ plan states that corporate lobbyists “were everywhere and filled the VIP suites” at the convention, adding that “this type of corporate sponsorship is a corrupting influence and must end if politicians are going to represent the American people.” His proposal also calls for a lifetime lobbying ban on Democratic National Committee chairs and co-chairs, as well as a prohibition on them working for companies that hold federal contracts or are trying to obtain government approval for mergers or other projects.

“Our grassroots-funded campaign is proving every single day that you don’t need billionaires and private fundraisers to run for president,” Sanders said in a statement. “We’ve received more contributions from more individual contributors than any campaign in the history of American politics because we understand the basic reality that you can’t take on a corrupt system if you take its money.”

Sanders’ policy puts the DNC in a difficult situation, and could potentially reignite tensions between the party organization and his campaign. DNC officials went to K Street last month to explain how corporations could contribute to the 2020 convention, which will be held in Milwaukee. Some lobbyists have been concerned that a candidate such as Sanders or Elizabeth Warren may try to halt corporate donations if they receive the party’s nomination.

Sanders also vows in his proposal to try to pass a constitutional amendment “that makes clear that money is not speech and corporations are not people,” and replace what his campaign calls the “worthless” Federal Election Commission with a Federal Election Administration proposed by former Sens. John McCain and Russ Feingold. He wants to pass public-financing laws for all federal elections, and allow voters to use “universal small-dollar vouchers” to donate to candidates as well. Several of Sanders’ proposals would require congressional approval.

jcitybone

https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/07/politics/bernie-sanders-corporate-money-politics/index.html

If Sen. Bernie Sanders wins the Democratic Party’s nomination in 2020, he plans to halt all corporate donations to the party’s convention next summer. This as party leaders actively court donors for millions of dollars to pay for the event scheduled to take place next July.

The pledge from Sanders is part of a multi-prong campaign finance reform package rolled out by the presidential candidate while he recovers in Burlington, Vermont, from a heart attack suffered last week during a campaign event in Nevada.

The tough stance by Sanders sets the stage for a potential showdown with the Democratic National Committee and threatens to completely upend the way the made for television nominating contests are produced.

The conventions, no longer a substantive deliberation by party delegates to pick a nominee, have largely become scripted coronations in glitzy sports arenas. The events, by both parties, are heavily funded by large corporations who may contribute limitlessly to the production because it falls under a soft money designation in the Federal Election code.

Sanders, who refuses to take money from corporate donors, wants to eliminate the practice completely.

“When Bernie is the nominee, everything will fundamentally change for corporate elites. Bernie Sanders fights for the people, cannot be bought, and is under no obligation to fulfill any transaction with a corporation trying to corruptly buy access. A Bernie Sanders convention will be a people-powered convention,” said Sanders policy director Josh Orton.

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If Bernie wins the nomination, one of the things I look forward to the most is watching Nina stride across the stage! And probably give a fiery speech. I’m sure I’m not the only one who was appalled by the party’s treatment of her at the 2016 convention.

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They could use that money to pay taxes!

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