Dave Chandler, candidate for U.S. House for Colorado's 7th Congressional District is a signer of the 'Voters First' Pledge to put voters before lobbyists and special interest campaign donors.
The list of signers was announced today.
Link: Voters First Pledge
The public is losing faith in Congress. With so much pressure to fundraise to win and keep their offices, politicians focus on donors rather than the people they are supposed to represent. Too many politicians appear to care more about what lobbyists and powerful interests think than they do about the pressing problems faced by most Americans.
Voters are tired of “politics as usual.” We want solutions that improve fairness in campaign fundraising and allow new voices and ideas to be heard. We want an end to the headlines about scandals involving the powerful interests and lobbyists in Washington. We want more public reporting of the relationships between lobbyists and the people we elect to serve our interests.
Powerful interests and lobbyists spend millions of dollars to gain access to our elected officials, and are rewarded with billions of taxpayer dollars in return. Potential leaders of tomorrow who refuse to play this game or don’t have access to millions can’t get a start in politics today.
It’s time to clean up Congress by putting voters first. For our nation’s future, vision and voters should matter more than donors and their dollars.
In 2006, American voters are demanding real change that goes beyond empty slogans. To ensure that Congress is accountable to voters, we urge all candidates to sign the Voters First Pledge.
By signing below, I pledge to put voters before lobbyists by supporting legislation to:Make Elections Fair. Establish and enforce campaign spending limits by providing a set amount of public funding for all candidates who agree to take no private contributions.
Restore Accountability. Pass and enforce meaningful new restrictions on gifts and travel from lobbyists and other powerful interests for members of Congress.
Protect Voters’ Right-To-Know. Require full disclosure on the internet of all lobbyists’ contributions and any fundraising help members of Congress get from lobbyists.
The Voters First Pledge drive is a joint campaign of Public Campaign Action Fund, Common Cause, Public Citizen, and other national and state groups.