With Election Day Near, Driskell Pushes for Election Reform in Michigan

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 10/24/2012 - 23:31

I received this email from Gretchen Driskell's campaign.

 

Gretchen Driskell, the Democratic candidate for the 52nd district in the Michigan House of Representatives, today urged passage of stricter election and campaign reform laws to clean up Michigan elections. In January, House Democrats introduced bills calling for unprecedented accountability, transparency and campaign finance reform.

 “Free and fair elections are the bedrock of our democracy,” Driskell said. “It’s unfortunate that we would even need laws in Michigan to keep our elections clean, but it’s one of the causes I will work for once I’m in Lansing.”

Republican Speaker of the House Jase Bolger (R-Marshall) and Rep. Roy Schmidt (R-Grand Rapids) are the subjects of a one-person grand jury investigation. An Ingham County judge will determine whether they conspired to commit perjury or other crimes when they recruited a fake state House candidate in Grand Rapids to run as a Democrat minutes before the campaign filing deadline.

House Democrats called for increased ethics and accountability in campaign finance laws in January even before the “Bolgergate” scandal was revealed. It was only after Bolger and Schmidt’s effort to defraud and mislead voters by rigging an election in Grand Rapids was uncovered that House Republicans took any action on campaign reform legislation.

 Driskell supports legislation that would:

·       Create a two-year “cooling off” period for elected officials and a one-year period for department directors who attempt to move directly into lobbying.  This would close the revolving door between public and private work.

·       Require personal financial disclosure from appointed and elected officials. Michigan is one of only three states with no financial disclosure requirements.

·       Increase transparency by forcing corporations making expenditures in campaigns or for lobbying purposes to comply with the law and publicly disclose funders.

·       Eliminate “Pay to Play” politics by banning the state from awarding any contract over $100,000 to a contractor or vendor who made campaign contributions to elected officials.

·       Require “robo-calls” to clearly state the name and address of the organization paying for them.

 “The Michigan people deserve a fair election system, not one rigged by politicians who care only about themselves,” Driskell said. “Honest politicians have nothing to hide and so should support these campaign reform efforts.”

 

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