Friday, December 16, 2011
NM-1: Eric Griego Releases Ambitious Campaign Finance and Ethics Reform Platform
The following release is from the Eric Griego for Congress Campaign.
On Thursday, Democrat Eric Griego released his campaign finance and ethics reform platform, pledging to make it a centerpiece of his agenda.
“We can’t effectively solve the problems we face as a nation unless we first save our democracy from the corrupting influence of corporate money,” Griego said. “If we truly want a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, then we need real campaign finance reform.”
Griego said that the government’s ability to effectively represent the people is under assault by corporations’ ability to spend unlimited amounts of money in elections, thanks to the Supreme Court’s recent Citizens United ruling.
Citizens United gives unprecedented power to Big Oil, Wall Street, the health insurance industry and other deep-pocketed corporate special interests to put pressure on elected officials to support their positions, even if they’re in direct conflict with the interest of the public. Those who don’t fall in line face the threat of an unlimited barrage of expensive ads distorting their record.
Griego said he is deeply concerned that too often, these special interests win and the people lose.
Griego’s campaign finance and ethics reform platform includes:
- Support for a constitutional amendment to reverse Citizens United and to regulate campaign finance. Griego does not believe that corporations are persons deserving of constitutional rights equal to real people. He believes they should be subject to regulations limiting their ability to influence the political process.
- Stopping the “revolving door” between politicians and their staff and K Street lobbying firms representing powerful corporate special interests. Griego would not turn his public service into a career as a registered lobbyist and would prevent his congressional staff from lobbying his office if they leave for employment elsewhere.
- Support for public financing of elections to limit the influence of deep-pocketed corporate lobbyists and to promote the competitiveness of grassroots-powered candidates.
Griego has a long record as a champion of campaign and ethics reform in New Mexico.
As an Albuquerque City Councilor, Griego passed voluntary public financing of campaigns in city elections and created the city’s Office of Inspector General to examine allegations of fraud. As a State Senator, Griego fought to limit individual contributions for legislative elections to $250 and for a strong Independent Ethics Commission in the State Legislature.