David Jolly wants to ban direct fundraising
U.S. Rep. David Jolly wants to require members of Congress to put more hours into what they were elected to do and less time into dialing for dollars.
The Pinellas County congressman and leading candidate for Florida's Republican U.S. Senate nomination is filing a bill that would make it illegal for members of the U.S. House and Senate to personally solicit campaign donations.
"Put down the phone and get to work" is how Jolly described the underlying goal of "The Stop Act," which would allow candidates to attend fundraisers and speak with donors, but not to ask specifically for money.
The proposal probably faces an uphill climb in a body where both parties relentlessly chase campaign contributions. But Jolly is kicking off a national media blitz this week aimed at peeling back the curtain on how much time members of Congress actually spend raising money, rather than solving problems and legislating.
"If the American people understood how much time their representatives were expected — in some cases required — to spend raising money, it would shock their conscience," Jolly told the Tampa Bay Times, noting that many members spend at least 30 hours a week raising money in call suites across the street from the U.S. Capitol."