Campaign Finance Reform

Encouraging Small Donors Policymaking Simulation
  • Whether to provide tax credits for small donations by small donors
  • Whether to provide a six-to-one match for small donations using government revenues
  • Whether to provide a six-to-one match for small donations funded by a small fee on large federal government contractors
Encouraging Donations
by Small Donors

Restricting Direct Fundraising by Members of Congress Policymaking Simulation
  • Whether to prohibiting Members of Congress from personally asking for donations
Prohibiting Direct Fundraising by
Members of Congress
Increasing Disclosure of Political Donations Policymaking Simulation
  • Whether to require all individuals or organizations that donate or receive a total of $10,000 or more for campaign‐related activities to promptly register with the FEC, have their name and the amount of the donations listed on the Commission’s website;
  • Whether to require Independent campaign‐related expenditures by corporations, unions, and other groups promptly report such spending to shareholders, members, and general public, as well as FEC
  • Whether to require that names of significant donors paying for TV or radio ads in support of candidates or related to controversial issues be publicly disclosed
  • Whether to require donors using credit cards to provide the address in which they are registered to vote in the US, to get the CVV on all online donations, and to get and report the address of all credit card donors, not just those giving $50 or more as currently required by law
Increasing Disclosure
of Political Donations
Constitutional Amendment Limiting Campaign Contributions Policymaking Simulation
  • Whether to pass a constitutional amendment that would overturn the ‘Citizens United’ decision and allow Congress to limit campaign contributions and treat corporations differently than people
Constitutional Amendment
Limiting Campaign
Contributions
Public Funding of Presidential Campaigns Policymaking Simulation
  • Whether to end the program for public funding of presidential campaigns. The $3 check off on taxpayers’ IRS forms would be ended and the unused funds would be directed to pediatric research or deficit reduction
Public Funding of
Presidential Campaigns
Allowing Nonprofits to Endorse Political Candidates Policymaking Simulation
  • Whether to allow tax-exempt organizations to endorse political candidates and provide them money and other support, while keeping the organization’s tax-exempt status
Allowing Nonprofits to
Endorse Political Candidates
Term Limits for Members of Congress Policymaking Simulation
  • Whether to have term limits for Senate and House Members and if so, what those limits should be
Term Limits for
Members of Congress

Lobbying Restrictions and Former Presidents

Limiting Lobbying by Former Government Officials Policymaking Simulation
  • Whether to extend the period former Members of Congress must wait before working as a lobbyist from 1‐2 years to 5 years
  • Whether to prohibit former Members of Congress from working as a lobbyist for the rest of their life
  • Whether to extend waiting period for former senior Congressional staffers before lobbying to 2 years
Limiting Lobbying by
Former Government Officials

Independents & Third Party Candidates

Independents & Third Party Candidates Policymaking Simulation
  • Whether to make it more possible for independent and third party candidates to compete in Congressional elections
  • Whether to make it more possible for independent or third party candidates to participate in presidential debates
Independents &
Third Party Candidates

Changes to the Way Congress is Elected

Changes to the Way Congress is Elected Policymaking Simulations
  The following three reforms are part of the ‘Fair Representation Act:

  • Redistricting by Citizens: Whether to have a commission of citizens within each state shape the Congressional districts
  • Ranked-Choice Voting: Whether to use ranked choice or instant runoff voting in federal elections
  • Multi-Member Districts: Whether to make larger U.S. House districts that would be represented by more than one Member of Congress
Congressional Redistricting
by Citizen Commission
Ranked-Choice Voting

Multi-Member Districts