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Campaign Finance Reform Quotes


"It starts with campaign finance reform." - Zack Space

"Well, paycheck protection is an important ingredient for a successful campaign finance reform measure." - Andrew Card

"We need real campaign finance reform to loosen the grip of special interests on politics." - Tom Daschle

"But having said that, what's happening with campaign finance reform and our political culture is devastating." - Robert Mcchesney

"But having said that, what's happening with campaign finance reform and our political culture is devastating." - Robert Waterman McChesney

"One of the biggest issues for me is campaign finance reform." - Cameron Russell

"Nobody wants campaign finance reform more than me. It would save me a fortune." - Andrew Tobias

"The number one lobby that opposes campaign finance reform in the United States is the National Association of Broadcasters." - Robert Waterman McChesney

"The number one lobby that opposes campaign finance reform in the United States is the National Association of Broadcasters." - Robert Mcchesney

"I find that students are very strong on my issues, stronger than anyone: anti-death penalty, anti-racial profiling, campaign finance reform, questioning the anti-terrorism bill." - Russ Feingold

"Maybe when they no longer receive Sierra magazine in their mailboxes, journalists will understand how campaign finance reform abridges free speech." - Matt Welch

"I certainly want campaign finance reform. I just wish this would do it in a way that would stand up to a constitutional challenge." - Ben Nelson

"Scaling back the campaign finance reform bill may get more Republicans aboard, but it leaves many of us who have been involved in the reform movement for years in believing that we are doing something and accomplishing nothing." - Robert Torricelli

"Every major federal campaign-finance-reform effort since 1943 has attempted to treat corporations and unions equally. If a limit applied to corporations, it applied to unions; if unions could form PACs, corporations could too; and so on. DISCLOSE is the first major campaign-finance bill that has not taken this approach." - Bradley A Smith

"Remorse begets reform." - William Cowper

"Democrats' desperate attempt to focus on campaign finance reform instead of laws that may have been broken by the Clinton-Gore campaign is like Mike Tyson demanding a reform in boxing regulations after biting off a piece of Evander Holyfield's ear." - Cal Thomas

"Actually criminal sanctions that are given could be up to five years for violating the rules and regulations under the campaign finance reform. This is like the Alien and Sedition Act of years and years ago, decades ago." - Jay Sekulow

"Actually criminal sanctions that are given could be up to five years for violating the rules and regulations under the campaign finance reform. This is like the Alien and Sedition Act of years and years ago, decades ago." - Jay Alan Sekulow

"Campaign finance and ethics reform only works if it curtails all special interest groups equally and does not carve out any exceptions to benefit one party or another. 'Pay to play' reform was passed to limit the influence of big spending contractors over the public officials from whom they are trying to obtain work." - Thomas Kean Jr

"Most Republicans are not prepared to stand up to the fossil fuel industry because they get a lot of their campaign funds from the Koch brothers and other people in the fossil fuel industry. That tells me why we have to reform our campaign finance system." - Bernie Sanders

"We must reform society before we can reform ourselves." - George Bernard Shaw

"We cannot reform our forefathers." - George Eliot

"The bottom line is that if politicians weren't in the business of granting favors and exacting tribute, every single issue surrounding campaign finance reform would be irrelevant. After all, why would anyone spend money for influence, access, favors and tribute if the only thing that politicians do is to live up to their oaths to uphold and defend the Constitution?" - Walter E. Williams

"From 1976, Judy to 1996, we had six presidential elections. And it was run under the Campaign Finance Reform Act of 1974. In all six of them, every candidate agreed to limits of what he could collect in contributions and what he could spend in seeking a nomination. And they all abided by it." - Mark Shields

"For years, liberals have demonstrated a near religious devotion to the cause of 'cleaning up elections' with campaign finance reform, the wondrous panacea that would finally rescue our great country from corruption in politics. ... How anyone could believe that corrupt politicians could or would legislate away their own corruption is completely beyond me." - Anthony Gregory

"The leftists are constantly whining and moaning about all the money in politics. They want campaign finance reform, right? They want to get all the money out of politics. They want government money governing campaigns. They want all the money out, they say. But then you look at their coffers, and it's overflowing with hundreds of millions of dollars." - Rush Limbaugh

"I have a lot of stands on a lot of political issues. I'm very big on campaign finance reform. I still think most Americans aren't aware of how the dumping of big corporate dollars and private donor dollars has totally corrupted the political system and taken it away from them." - Morgan Fairchild

"I admired the way McCain worked on campaign finance reform. I admired the way Nancy Pelosi stiffened the Democrats' spine during the health care debate. I admire the way Barack Obama has raised a dog in the White House without ever putting it on the roof of the car for a vacation drive." - Gail Collins

"Whenever I've taken a forum to talk politically, I've always had to be dragged into it. I'm not comfortable using the common political diction because it's so deadening. Take the phrase 'campaign finance reform' - you can't do much with that. I think of my politics as biblical politics: you shouldn't murder, you shouldn't steal, that sort of thing." - E L Doctorow

"Legislative action will never bring genuine campaign-finance reform. Consultants will prove endlessly inventive in gaming whatever system the reformers can devise so as to give their candidate an edge and allow the power of massive money to be felt. But reform laws will become irrelevant and redundant as the Internet replaces the special-interest fat cats as the best way to raise money and takes the place of TV as the most effective way to get votes." - Dick Morris

"We are very frustrated because we have a Supreme Court that seems determined to say that the wealthier have more right to free speech than the rest of us. For example, they say you couldn't stop me from spending all the money I've saved over the last five years on Hillary's campaign if I wanted to, even though it would clearly violate the spirit of campaign finance reform." - William J Clinton

"Nothing is impossible in Russia but reform." - Oscar Wilde

"I absolutely advocate for comprehensive immigration reform," - Susana Martinez

"Marriage is not a reform school." - Ann Landers

"Let's face it, the subject of campaign finance is not always scintillating. But it's incredibly important." - Jane Mayer

"Faith, indeed, is all the reform that is needed; it is itself a reform." - Henry David Thoreau

"The next Republican that will win will campaign in the Latino community, will campaign amongst Asian-Americans, will campaign in the black churches, will campaign in college campuses." - Jeb Bush

"If we don't get reform in campaign financing, then we can write this country off." - Frances Farenthold

"I have, ever since the first day of my campaign, called for criminal justice reform." - Hillary Clinton

"Let's not overlook, though, what we do know about the campaign finance scandal, and the fact the Chinese were involved in our presidential campaign and our congressional campaigns." - Fred Thompson

"I think we need to take on the greed of the billionaire class, a disastrous campaign finance system." - Bernie Sanders

"It is a dangerous thing to reform anyone." - Oscar Wilde

"...the way to reform has always led through prison." - Emmeline Pankhurst

"Input of public judgement for any major tax reform." - Newt Gingrich

"Change is not reform, any more than noise is music." - Anonymous

"All reform except a moral one will prove unavailing." - Thomas Carlyle

"Reform the world within thyself, which is thy proper world." - John Lancaster Spalding

"For most people reform meant relief from ecclesiastical extortions." - Barbara Tuchman

"Finance is the art of passing money from hand to hand until it finally disappears." - Robert W. Sarnoff

"America today has insufficient savings to finance both crucial investment and its consumption of imports." - James Dale Davidson

""It gets better." - On his campaign against bullying." - Sergio Martinez

"Do not run a campaign that would embarrass your mother." - Robert Byrd

"I took and received campaign donations under the existing laws." - Sheila Jackson Lee

"I'm gonna say that I have followed every presidential campaign since the campaign of President [John F.] Kennedy in 1960." - John Lewis

"Scott Walker's campaign slogan is 'Reform. Growth. Safety.' Which is actually similar to Donald Trump's new slogan: 'Mexico. Money. Crazy.'" - Jimmy Fallon

"There's issue of a corrupt campaign finance system, where big money interests and Wall Street are trying to buy elections.Those are the issues that are resonating." - Bernie Sanders

"Already, there is evidence that crimes are being committed with regard to campaign finance, and the FEC is unable to do anything." - Thom Hartmann

"Tom DeLay may or may not have broken campaign finance laws, but he did his best to look like he was breaking them." - P J Orourke

"Life could not be entirely devoted to debauchery and monkeys. Magnus had to finance all the drinking somehow." - Cassandra Clare

"The enemy's new strategy is to finance and organize various groups under the cover of women's or student movements." - Gholam Hossein Mohseni-Ejehei

"The church is always trying to get other people to reform, it might not be a bad idea to reform itself a little, by way of example" - Mark Twain

"It is my great desire to reform my subjects, and yet I am ashamed to confess that I am unable to reform myself." - Peter I of Russia

"The church is always trying to get other people to reform; it might not be a bad idea to reform itself." - Mark Twain

"Nature is entirely indifferent to any reform. She perpetuates a fault as persistently as a virtue." - Charles Dudley Warner

"The best social reform program in the world is a job." - Ronald Reagan

"Reform is for people who have government connections, revolution is for the people!" - Malcolm X

"The reform [of the civil service] should be thorough, radical, and complete." - Rutherford B Hayes

"If you would reform the world from its errors and vices, begin by enlisting the mothers." - Charles Simmons

"There is a transcendent power in example. We reform others unconsciously when we walk uprightly." - Madame Swetchine

"Reform often seems only the dislike of the blase for the people with animal spirits." - Frank Moore Colby

"Pollution is a necessary result of the inability of man to reform and transform waste." - Patti Smith

"Not a single reform effort in Russia has ever been completed." - Boris Yeltsin

"Oil-for-food shows the need for reform. There was fraud, corruption, mismanagement" - Norm Coleman

"A nation without means of reform is without means of survival." - Edmund Burke

"Why don't you reform yourselves? That task would be sufficient enough." - Frederic Bastiat

"The bottom line: health care reform is about the patient, not about the physician." - Abraham Verghese

"I think that I am better than the people who are trying to reform me." - Johann Wolfgang Von Goeth

"A politician taking campaign money from gamblers in Nevada is like one taking campaign money from the auto people in Michigan. Gambling is our legal business." - Paul Laxalt

"On trade, our hypocrisy is at its most appalling. Trade reform isn't about charity, it's about justice, and this campaign, Trade Justice is an unstoppable idea." - Edward De Bono

"Now, in an analysis of campaign finance filings by Politico we learned the [Donald] Trump campaign has paid Trump businesses more than $8 million so far in this race, that includes $1.3 million in rent for campaign offices, half a million for food and facilities for events, over $300,000 for corporate staffers, and nearly $6 million for the use of Trump`s private plane." - Chris Hayes

"I think it's clearly the result of something that looks like a campaign." - Jose Mourinho

"A fish does not campaign against fisheries-it only tries to slip through the mesh." - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

"Use Campaign link tagging labels all for specifying slight differences in content for split testing." - Georg Cantor

"I'm 40 and I just got my first beauty campaign with Clairol Nice and Easy" - Teri Hatcher

"Donald Trump bigotry, his bluster, his bullying, have become his campaign." - Hillary Clinton

"Donald Trump's presidential campaign has been getting a lot of questions about his wife ." - Audie Cornish

"[Quoting a sign held aloft by a young girl during the campaign:] Bring us together again." - Richard Nixon

"I wonder if politicians know less about the land, now that they campaign by air." - Andre Dubus

"An American presidential campaign resembles a forced march through enemy country." - Lewis H Lapham

"We have to launch a national campaign against homophobia in the black community" - Coretta Scott King

"I wouldn't say I was part of an anti-war campaign." - Robert Fisk

"I don't have to get married myself in order to campaign on behalf of gay marriage." - Edmund White

"The way campaign funds are distributed are all a matter of record." - Elizabeth Edwards

"The great leaders of business, industry and finance, and the great artists, poets, musicians and writers all became great because they developed the power of self-motivation ." - Napoleon Hill

"If you do movies that are modestly budgeted, the way they finance them is they figure out how they can sell them." - Christopher Walken

"God's Word is your owner's manual for life. It contains principles for health, finance, marriage, other relationships, business, and much more." - Rick Warren

"I think the presidency is a bad way to measure the effective campaign finance, because in the presidency, there is so much publicity, there's so much money floating around." - David Brooks

"I think there are two basic approaches you can use for campaign finance. One is complete openness, everybody knows absolutely everything, but no limits. But you let people decide.The other is just have a national public system." - David Brooks

"Super PACs and a corrupt campaign finance system are destroying American democracy. We're proud that we have received four million individual contributions, more than any candidate in American history at this point." - Bernie Sanders

"In fact, corporate and union moneys go overwhelmingly to incumbents, so limiting that money, as Congress did in the campaign finance law, may be the single most self-denying thing that Congress has ever done." - Elena Kagan

"My issue with campaign finance is 100 percent disclosure. Wear a suit with patches from your big contributors. Depending on the size of the contribution, that's how big the patch should be." - Gary Johnson

"When you look at the money spent by labor unions for Democrats, it comes as no surprise the Democrats crafted a campaign-finance 'disclosure' bill with the thresholds adjusted to exempt unions." - Mark Mckinnon

"Unfortunately, money in politics is an insidious thing - and a loophole in our campaign finance system was taken advantage of with money going to existing or new 527 groups with the sole purpose of influencing the election." - Olympia Snowe

"What distinguishes the campaign finance issue from just about every other one being debated these days is that the two sides do not divide along conventional liberal/ conservative lines." - James L Buckley

"It is doubtless wise, when a reform is introduced, to try to persuade the British public that it is not a reform at all; but appearances must be kept up to some extent at least." - George Bernard Shaw

"Those who advocate either slavery or income taxation should be ashamed of themselves. Genuine freedom entails the abolition, not the reform, of income taxation and the IRS, just as genuine freedom entailed the abolition, not the reform, of slavery." - Jacob G. Hornberger

"We are reformers in spring and summer; in autumn and winter we stand by the old; reformers in the morning, conservers at night. Reform is affirmative, conservatism, negative; conservatism goes for comfort, reform for truth." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Ah, you miserable creatures! You who think that you are so great! You who judge humanity to be so small! You who wish to reform everything! Why don't you reform yourselves? That task would be sufficient enough." - Frederic Bastiat

"Hunger does not breed reform; it breeds madness and all the distemper's that make an ordered life impossible." - Woodrow Wilson

"We must have sweeping, generous immigration reform, make existing law- abiding Hispanics welcome. Most are hard working family people." - Rupert Murdoch

"It's time to recognize that the EU is beyond reform and deserves to be put out of its misery." - Roger Helmer

"I would rather eat my own testicles than reform The Smiths, and that's saying something for a vegetarian." - Steven Morrissey

"Hunger does not breed reform; it breeds madness, and all the ugly distempers that make an ordered life impossible." - Woodrow Wilson

"No sooner does he hear any of this brothers mention reform or retrenchment, than up he jumps." - Washington Irving

"One of the persistent ironies of reform is the impossibility of predicting the full consequences of change ..." - Diane Ravitch

"It is always useful, you see, to subject the past life of reform politicians to rather inquisitive research." - Isaac Asimov

"The vast majority of Greeks accept the need for reform and want to keep our country inside the euro zone." - Evangelos Venizelos

"I support concrete and progressive immigration reform based on three primary criteria: family reunification, economic contributions, and humanitarian concerns." - Jeff Bingaman

"Support for peaceful reform by the people themselves is the right way to promote democracy, not the use of force." - Paul Wolfowitz

"Small- and medium-sized businesses need access to a diverse range of finance options, including non-bank lending. These new forms of finance are still small in scale today but they should, over time, bring additional choice and greater competition to the lending market." - Vince Cable

"Now, if you truly understand how marketing works today, you know there is no individual six-month campaign; there's only the 365-day campaign, during which you produce new content daily." - Gary Vaynerchuk

"In the last few days, I have been the victim of a campaign of slander and shameful lies, a campaign which has deeply shocked and hurt me. Enough is enough." - Dominique De Villepin

"President Bush says in the last month he has created 300,000 new jobs. Yeah, they're called Kerry campaign workers." - Craig Kilborn

"Christmas is the beachhead of God's campaign against sin and sadness, darkness and death, fear and frustration." - Tullian Tchividjian

"Campaign may invite a certain skepticism about democracy, but it will surely restore your faith in cinema verite." - A. O. Scott

"The liberation of Iraq is a crucial advance in the campaign against terror. We've removed an ally of al Qaeda." - George W Bush

"The greatest leader in the world could never win a campaign unless he understood the men he had to lead." - Omar N Bradley

"There is no excitement anywhere in the world, short of war, to match the excitement of the American presidential campaign." - Theodore White

"How do you stand out as a fashion ad campaign? By using people off the street; it does generate buzz." - Alber Elbaz

"Emmanuel Macron wants to see changes in France and we support him in that. Macron has proven his courage by leading an election campaign friendly to Europe and reform against the majority opinion of the Socialist Party." - Wolfgang Schauble

"I have been absolutely clear where I'm coming from about health care reform. This is something this nation has to do and a robust public option has been the mantra of my campaign from the very outset." - John Garamendi

"America does not need another political campaign based on denial and avoidance of some of our real problems. It needs a crusade to reform and renew our country, its institutions and political system." - Richard Lamm

"Representative government has broken down. Our politicians represent not the people who vote for them but the commercial interests who finance their election campaigns. We have the best politicians that money can buy." - Edward Abbey

"There was a language specific to all things. The ability to learn another language in one arena, whether it was music, medicine, or finance, could be used to accelerate learning and other arenas, too." - Chris Gardner

"There is a growing literature about the multitude of journalism's problems, but most of it is concerned with the editorial side of the business, possibly because most people competent to write about journalism are not comfortable writing about finance." - Russell Baker

"Macro-trading requires a high degree of skill, focus and repetition. Life events, such as birth, divorce, death of a loved one and other emotional highs and lows are obstacles to success in this specific field of finance." - Paul Tudor Jones

"The plea agreement negotiated by Janet Reno's Justice Department with Nora, Gene and Trisha Lum is a hoax. It allows two key players in the campaign finance scandal to plead to lesser offenses and effectively concludes a serious investigation that, if taken to a conclusion, could have seriously affected the Clinton Administration's claim that it committed no illegalities in the campaign finance scandal. Nora Lum was a close confidant of Ron Brown and remains close to John Huang. Trisha Lum, her daughter, worked for Brown at the Commerce Department and worked on trade missions." - Larry Klayman

"Every reform was once a private opinion, and when it shall be a private opinion again, it will solve the problem of the age." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Attempts at reform, when they fail, strengthen despotism, as he that struggles tightens those cords he does not succeed in breaking." - Charles Caleb Colton

"Men reform a thing by removing the reality from it, and then do not know what to do with the unreality that is left." - Gilbert K Chesterton

"It would be a great reform in politics if perception could be made to spread as easily and as rapidly as foolishness." - Winston Churchill

"All reform aims, in some one particular, to let the soul have its way through us; in other words, to engage us to obey." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The only way a woman can ever reform her husband is by boring him so completely that he loses all possible interest in life." - Oscar Wilde

"The example alone of a vicious prince will corrupt an age; but that of a good one will not reform it." - Jonathan Swift

"You've tried to reform what will not learn. Shut doors on traits that you wish were dead; They will open a window and return." - Jean De La Fontaine

"You can't have people curating culture in this way when we need to see things in order to reform from them." - David Oyelowo

"A nation will rise no higher than the strength of its homes. If you want to reform a nation you begin with families." - Gordon B Hinckley

"The words, 'penalty,' 'restrict' and 'violate' appeared more times in President Clinton's health care reform bill than in his crime bill." - Steve Forbes

"The social side of Washington was to be taken for granted as three-fourths of existence. Politics and reform became the detail, and waltzing the profession" - Henry Adams

"You have to be there all the time and see that they do not snow you under, if you are really going to get your reform realized." - Emmeline Pankhurst



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