If you’ve been looking for handy resource to see where all of the 2016 candidates stand on money-in-politics reform, your search is over.
Both Iowa Pays the Price and the New Hampshire Rebellion released scorecards last week to grade all of the candidates’ positions and, more importantly, their actions, on campaign finance reform. While the Democratic candidates do well across the board (Sen. Bernie Sanders leads the pack on both scorecards) at least a few Republican candidates refuse to even acknowledge the crisis.
A closer look reveals a few places where the candidates converge. There seems to be pretty broad support among the candidates for transparency, though they vary widely on whether their campaigns actually “walk the talk” on the issue. Most candidates also seem to agree that “pay to play” lobbying shouldn’t be a feature of our campaign finance system.
Beyond transparency and lobbying, it gets much more dicey. With the notable exceptions of Donald Trump and Jim Gilmore (according to New Hampshire Rebellion’s scorecard), Republican candidates have either no opinion or oppose overturning Citizens United. They also uniformly oppose, or have no opinion, on citizen-funding programs for elections.
But don’t take my word for it, explore the charts yourself and let us know what you think. Anything surprising or interesting? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter!