CCAGW Opposes H.R. 1, the For the People Act of 2019 | Council For Citizens Against Government Waste

CCAGW Opposes H.R. 1, the For the People Act of 2019

March 8, 2019

U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Representative,

You will soon consider H.R. 1, the For the People Act of 2019. On behalf of the more than one million members and supporters of the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW), I urge you to oppose this legislation.

H.R. 1 includes new taxpayer subsidies for presidential and congressional candidates, proposing a 6-to-1 match for small donations of $200 or less. Taxpayers should only voluntarily donate to the political candidate of their choice, and should not be forced to foot the bill for more campaign contributions, especially when candidates are certainly not hurting for money. In the 2018 elections, the average House campaign raised $579,195, and in the Senate, $2,271,980. Furthermore, this legislation would provide generous new taxpayer-funded benefits for federal employees by making Election Day a paid holiday and giving six additional days’ paid vacation for federal workers to work during an election.

H.R. 1 would severely infringe on the fundamental right to privacy of individual donors. By forcing 501(c)(4) organizations, like CCAGW, to release their donor lists, this legislation would create a permanent record of personal donor information on a massive public government database. Americans should not have their personal information exposed just because they made the decision to donate to a political organization of their choosing. Beyond impinging on constitutional rights, H.R. 1 also contains new, broad definitions for “political coordination” and “political counseling services” that would prevent individual taxpayers and nonprofit organizations from advocating for policy issues on Capitol Hill.

H.R. 1 adds unnecessary chaos and confusion to an already complex election process. This legislation ignores differences in state and local election practices and applies a federalized, one-size-fits-all approach to Election Day. This power grab for the federal government includes a provision that would make the Federal Election Commission, an independent regulatory agency made up of six commissioners, abandon neutrality and become a partisan, five-member body.

While cloaked in the message of “restoring democracy,” H.R. 1 finds new ways to spend taxpayer dollars, attacks donor privacy, and expands federal control over elections. I urge you to oppose this legislation. All votes on H.R. 1 will be among those considered for CCAGW’s 2019 Congressional Ratings.

Sincerely,

Tom Schatz
President, CCAGW

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