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David Jolly struggles to gain support for 'Stop Act'



After widespread media attention, Rep. David Jolly’s bill to restrict congressional fundraising gained more support this week.

The problem is Jolly, running for U.S. Senate, only picked up two more co-sponsors, giving the Stop Act eight endorsers.

“Republicans, Democrats and Independents can all agree on one thing - the public did not elect Members of Congress to go to Washington and spend their time raising money for their re-election,” Jolly said in a news release heralding the backing of Reps. Brendan Boyle of Pennsylvania and Alan Grayson of Florida. “They are not paying members $174,000 a year to spend, in some cases 20 or 30 hours a week, on the phone dialing for dollars.”

Said Grayson, “money is the original sin of politics and government.”

The other sponsors are Reps. Sean Duffy, Walter Jones, John Mica, Rick Nolan, Rich Nugent and Reid Ribble.

The bill would prohibit members of Congress from directly soliciting campaign contributions.

It does not have a Senate sponsor.

[Last modified: Friday, April 29, 2016 11:49am]


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