House Members Call on President Obama to Walk the Walk on Campaign Finance

Dec 14, 2011

WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., and the GOP members of the Committee on House Administration were joined by over 75 of their colleagues calling on President Obama to either opt in to the system for taxpayer financing of presidential campaigns, which he vigorously defends despite his own refusal to participate, or join with House Republicans to eliminate the wasteful and ineffective financing scheme.

In their letter, 84 House Republicans wrote:

“Mr. President, if you mean what you say about the importance of the taxpayer financing system for campaigns, there is only one way to prove it: participate in that system yourself. Here as elsewhere, actions speak much louder than words. And here, your actions flatly contradict your words. If you want to be taken seriously as an advocate for taxpayer financing of political campaigns, the only way to do it is to accept that financing, and the accompanying spending limits, yourself. If instead you believe that not only you but all candidates should raise and spend as much money as contributors will provide, then say so and stop forcing taxpayers to subsidize this failing program.”

Click here to view the full letter.