Democratic United States Senate candidate, Jane Raybould, says too many politicians receive campaign contributions from industries they help regulate.
Raybould says the first legislation she will introduce if elected in November will be to put an end to that.
Raybould calls the measure the “Gone Washington Act” and uses her opponent, Republican Sen. Deb Fischer, as an example of a candidate who has benefitted from corporation contributions.
“We know that she has accepted substantial amounts of money from corporations, particularly when it involves some of the committees that she’s currently sitting on and it seems more than a coincidence that she advocates on their behalf,” Raybould tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Raybould says her measure would prohibit candidates from receiving funds from industries overseen by their committees. The bill would amend the 2002 Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, the last substantial campaign reform, according to Raybould.
Raybould criticizes Fischer for receiving campaign contributions from the telecommunications industry while sitting on the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee which oversees the industry. Raybould suggests Fischer’s advocacy of net neutrality is influenced by those contributing to her campaign.
Raybould also says it appears Fischer has been influenced to lighten safety regulations for the rail industry, due to contributions made by the industry. Fischer sits on the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee and chairs the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation.
“You should not be allowed to accept these corporate contributions from industries that would be impacted by how you rule and put forward regulations that impact them,” asserts Raybould.
Fischer’s vote in favor of the Republican tax reform measure likely was influence by corporate donations as well, according to Raybould.
“Certainly, that would benefit a lot of the largest corporations in our country, particularly the pharmaceutical companies, the health insurance companies, and the oil companies,” Raybould says. “And, if you look at her voting record, it’s questionable, because it looks as if one can only surmise that she is being influenced by the funding that she is receiving from all these corporations.”
Raybould says she has already pledged to not receive campaign funds from corporate political action committees.
As for the campaign, Raybould says Nebraskans need change.
“People are concerned. They’re concerned certainly about health care; the cost of health care. They’re concerned about Social Security. They’re concerned, as you can imagine, about this Washington-made trade war that’s turning into a Washington-made farm crisis,” according to Raybould.
Raybould says Nebraskans want a senator they know will listen to them, then go to Washington to get the job done.