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You've probably seen stories in the press lately about Congressman Terry and lobbyists.

Truth is, you don't need to look any further than his legislative record to see that his connection with Washington lobbyists and special interests is too close for comfort.  Terry and politicians like him spend too much time cozying up to the special interests.  It's time for that to change.

We need 1,000 people to co-sponsor my plan to reform Washington - click to be one.

Here's what we need to do to start reforming Washington:

  • Transparency in campaign spending.  In the wake of the recent Citizens United court case, we need new campaign finance regulations to ensure transparency and accountability.  We cannot let activist courts turn our elections into auctions.
  • End the cozy relationships with lobbyists.  Post the attendees and subject matter of all meetings between lobbyists and government officials on a publicly-available website. Close the revolving door by prohibiting individuals from going back and forth between government jobs and corporate lobbying jobs within a 5 year timeframe. Ban corporate lobbyists from giving gifts and providing free travel to officials.
  • Ban corporate earmarks, and make members of Congress publicly own up to their earmark requests.
  • Cut and freeze salaries for members of Congress until they do their job and balance the budget.

In the Legislature, I passed a bill to put the state's checkbook online so Nebraskans can see how their money is spent.  I took on special interests that wanted sweetheart deals in the tax code, and I won.  In Congress, I won't back down from fighting for reform.

Join me by helping us get 1,000 co-sponsors of my reform plan this week.  Together, we'll make Washington work for the people, not the powerful.

Thanks for all you do,



Originally posted to Tom White on Wed Aug 04, 2010 at 06:24 PM PDT.

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  •  Senator White... (2+ / 0-)
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    blueoasis, roadbear

    as a Democrat living in NE-02, I would like to support you, but I am troubled by your focusing on balancing the budget as Congress's number one priority.  I support balancing the budget.  I support paying down the national debt.  But I do not support doing either of these things at the expense of the American people.  Since tax cuts are so much easier to pass than tax increases, the only remaining way to shrink the deficit,(short of growing the economy) is to cut spending.  With over half of discretionary spending essentially off the table, cutting spending enough to meaningfully impact the deficit would mean dramatic cuts to government services.

    How do you envision balancing the budget while still allowing the government to fulfill its constitutionally prescribed role in society?

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